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Robbins, William 2004 Evaluation


Second Judicial District - District Court Judge

Honorable William D. Robbins

Retention Year: 2004
Recommendation: Retain

The Second Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance unanimously recommends that Judge William D. Robbins BE RETAINED.

Judge Robbins was appointed to the Denver District Court bench in April 2002. Prior to his appointment, he served as Chief Deputy District Attorney. Judge Robbins worked in the Denver District Attorney's office for more than a decade. He previously was in private practice, and before attending law school and passing the bar he had a career as a psychiatric nurse.

The Commission reviewed written evaluations of Judge Robbins from attorneys and non-attorneys. The Commission also considered a written self-evaluation completed by Judge Robbins and interviewed him.

During his two years on the bench, Judge Robbins has earned the respect of attorneys for his case management and application and knowledge of the law. He was rated higher than the average in many of the categories covered by the written evaluations. He was recommended for retention by 93% of the attorneys who responded, with 85% strongly recommending that he be retained. Attorneys referred to him as fair, knowledgeable and patient. Attorneys expressed that the judge expected lawyers to be prepared and to know the law when appearing before him.

Judge Robbins received similar ratings and comments from the non- attorneys who responded. They recommended his retention by a slightly lower percentage than attorneys, though 86% recommended that he be retained, with 69% strongly recommending that he be retained.

The Commission was pleased with the quality of the judge's responses during the interview and also was impressed by the very high ratings that this newly-appointed judge received. Comments from Commission members were very favorable, and several expressed appreciation for this high caliber jurist's willingness to serve.