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Smith, Paul David 1990 Evaluation


Seventh Judicial District - Ouray County Court Judge

Honorable Paul David Smith

Retention Year: 1990
Recommendation: Retain


Judicial Performance Commission’s recommendation: Should Be Retained.

Judge Smith, 44, has been Ouray County Court Judge since 1980. He is a 1968 graduate of the University of Texas Law School and was admitted to the Texas Bar that year. He moved to Ouray and was admitted to the Colorado Bar in 1976. In addition to practicing law, Judge Smith is the owner of the Buckskin Trading Co. and a real estate firm and is the author of a number of books about Colorado history.

Named Ouray County Citizen of the Year in 1980, Smith is a director and past president of the Ouray Historical Society, as well as it 1989 award winner, a member of a committee to select new Episcopal bishop for Colorado, a den leader and vestry of St. John’s Church. His past affiliations include the Ouray Chamber of Commerce, serving as director as vice president, Ouray County EMT Association, being its president in 1980, and Ouray Culinary Arts Guild, as director. A 20% part-time judge, Smith handles traffic cases, preliminary hearings in criminal cases and civil cases involving claims that do not exceed $5,000.

Smith considers his attributes as a judge to be patience and a willingness to devote sufficient time to the litigants appearing before him. Of those responding to the survey, all but two expressed no opinion favored retaining Smith. Although he has experienced some difficulty in recent months, primarily form a public perception standpoint, the commission finds him to be professional and conscientious.