Colorado Court of Appeals
Honorable Arthur P. Roy
Retention Year: 2004
Eight members of the State Commission on Judicial Performance recommend that Judge Arthur P. Roy BE RETAINED. Two members of the Commission have no opinion on retention, because they did not receive adequate information.
Judge Roy was appointed to the Colorado Court of Appeals on January 6, 1994, and sworn in on March 4, 1994. A Louisiana native, raised in Iowa, Judge Roy graduated from Iowa State University in 1963 and, after serving in the United States Army, received his law degree from the University of Colorado in 1969. Thereafter, until his appointment to the bench, Judge Roy was a government attorney with the State Board of Agriculture, the Fort Collins City Attorney's Office, and the Office of the District Attorney for the Nineteenth Judicial District, and for 20 years, was in a general private law practice, primarily in Greeley, Colorado. Over the years he has served as officer and director of several charitable, civic, and professional organizations, and presently serves on the Court of Appeals' Electronic Records Committee, Building Facilities Committee, Technology Committee, and on a court committee seeking methods to increase the court's efficiency in issuing opinions.
Judge Roy is a well-respected member of the bench. He prides himself on his hard work ethic, his integrity, and the courtesy he shows to colleagues, counsel, and court staff. These qualities are reflected in the survey responses by attorneys and judges. Ninety-nine percent of the judges recommended that he be retained in office, while 81% of the attorneys favored his retention.
The survey responses also indicate that Judge Roy could be more timely in issuing opinions, and that his written opinions could be clearer and include more legal support. The timeliness issue could be attributed, in part, to the fact that Judge Roy authors more concurring and dissenting opinions than other judges on the court, which requires additional time.