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Stewart, C. Jean 1998 Evaluation


Second Judicial District - District Court Judge

Honorable C. Jean Stewart

Retention Year: 1998
Recommendation: Retain


The Second Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance recommends that Judge C. Jean Stewart BE RETAINED.

Judge Stewart was admitted to the Colorado bar in 1975. She received her undergraduate degree from Clarion State College with a major in education, a Master of Arts degree from Ohio University in Interpersonal Communication, and a law degree from the University of Denver College of Law.

Judge Stewart was appointed to the bench in May 1995. She was in the private practice of law for nearly 20 years, stressing estate planning and probate administration. She is the author of a well-regarded two volume treatise on estate administration entitled Colorado Will Drafting and Estate Administration Forms.

The Denver probate court has exclusive jurisdiction of the administration and settlement of decedent's estates, administration of trusts, appointment and administration of guardians and conservators, and reviews requests to terminate certification of mental health cases. The Court has twelve employees and administers approximately 3,000 cases per year.

Review of survey results and materials produced to the Commission, as well as observation of Judge Stewart's work on the bench, confirms that she is a diligent and conscientious jurist.

Attorneys surveyed by the Commission voted 84.5% to retain, 13.1% to not retain, and 2.4% had no opinion. Court employees voted 92.6% to retain, 3.7% to not retain, and 3.7% had no opinion.