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Schoon Jr., Peter 2010 Evaluation


Eighth Judicial District - Larimer County Court Judge 

Honorable Peter E. Schoon Jr. 

Retention Year: 2010
Recommendation: Retain

The Eighth Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance recommends by a vote of 10-0 that Judge Peter E. Schoon, Jr. BE RETAINED.

Judge Schoon received his law degree from Washburn University of Topeka and his undergraduate degree from Central College (Pella, Iowa). Judge Schoon presently serves on a statewide committee that is preparing a county court weighted caseload study for the State Court Administrator’s Office. In 2008 and 2009 Judge Schoon authored revisions to Chapter 2 of the Colorado DUI Benchbook. In 2009 he served as a group facilitator for the Special Courts–Advanced course at the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada. In 2008 Judge Schoon trained to be an “Our Courts” speaker to inform the public about Colorado’s judicial selection, retention, and discipline processes.

Judge Schoon was appointed to the Larimer County Court on September 2, 2002. Prior to his appointment, Judge Schoon worked in the private practice of law for twenty-six years, and from 1988 to 2002 he also served as the Associate Judge for the Loveland, Colorado, Municipal Court.

The Commission reviewed evaluation surveys, the judge’s self-evaluation, written opinions authored by him, and individually submitted letters. Commission members conducted courtroom observations, convened a public hearing, interviewed representatives of the District Attorney, County Attorney and Probation Offices, and interviewed Judge Schoon. Attorneys who responded to the survey questionnaire speak to Judge Schoon’s fairness, impartiality and ability to help defendants understand proceedings. The Commission finds him to be consistent in his rulings with a thorough knowledge of the law. His demeanor is attentive and respectful of all involved. Non-attorneys who responded to the survey
questionnaire also cited his fairness and calm demeanor; as well as his courtesy to all parties. Judge Schoon’s opinions are well written and he is credited with timely rulings.

Of all attorneys surveyed about retention, 84% recommended retention, 10% not to retain, and 7% expressed no opinion. Of all non-attorneys surveyed, 83% recommended retention, 10% not to retain, and 8% expressed no opinion. (These percentages may not total 100% due to rounding.)