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Ross, Carl 2002 Evaluation


Sixteenth Judicial District - Crowley County Court Judge

Honorable Carl W. Ross

Retention Year: 2002
Recommendation: Retain

The Sixteenth Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance recommends that Judge Carl W. Ross BE RETAINED.

Judge Ross was appointed to the bench of the Crowley County Court in September 1987, and has served as the Crowley County Judge since that time. Judge Ross has not graduated from law school and was never a practicing attorney prior to his appointment to the bench. Prior to being appointed to the Crowley County Court bench, Judge Ross was a real estate appraiser and consultant specializing in appraisal of agricultural and commercial land.
Judge Ross has been active in his community. He has been a member of the Lions Club for ten years, has been a member of the Crowley County School Board, was secretary of the Crowley County Economic Development Committee for five years and participated in the Boy Scouts as a leader for five years. He has been a coach for the past four years with the Girls Baseball Association. Judge Ross believes that everyone should contribute to the community in which they live.

While Judge Ross is one of only a few county court judges who do not have a formal law education, the Commission was impressed that Judge Ross attempts to educate himself on the law at all possible times.

Judge Ross received high ratings from both attorneys and non-attorneys in virtually every category, particularly in the areas of being courteous toward parties and attorneys, treating all parties equally and maintaining proper judicial temperament. Of the attorneys responding to the questionnaire, 78% recommended that Judge Ross be retained in office, 11% recommended that he not be retained and 11% had no opinion. Of the non-attorneys responding to the questionnaire, 82% recommended that Judge Ross be retained in office, 3% recommended that he not be retained and 15% had no opinion.