Fifteenth Judicial District - Prowers County Court Judge
Honorable Larry Eugene Stutler
Retention Year: 2010
The Fifteenth Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance unanimously recommends that Judge Larry Eugene Stutler BE RETAINED by a vote of 10-0.
Judge Stutler was appointed to the Prowers County Court bench on November 1, 1995. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Stutler was a full-time Lamar attorney in private practice focusing primarily on civil cases. Because he is a part-time judge (90%), Judge Stutler continues as a private attorney in a very limited capacity. Judge Stutler received a B.A. from the University of Denver in 1973 and his law degree from the University of Colorado in 1976.
The Commission reviewed written evaluation of Judge Stutler from attorneys and non-attorneys including written verbatim comments as well as a written self-evaluation completed by Judge Stutler. The Commission also conducted a personal interview with Judge Stutler on May 6, 2010. Judge Stutler received high ratings from both attorneys and non-attorneys in each of the five categories listed. In particular, the responses submitted by the attorneys far exceeded the State of Colorado’s average in each of the five categories including high scores for his demeanor, diligence and his overall knowledge and application of the law.
Judge Stutler considers it an honor to be a judge, a goal he sought since he was young. He understands that the judicial system can be overwhelming to those inexperienced in the law. As such, he is ever mindful of the need to be open and explain the system to the uninitiated and allot the necessary time for each case.
Of all attorneys surveyed about retention, 86% recommended to retain, 14% not to retain, and 0% expressed no opinion. Of all non-attorneys surveyed, 70% recommended to retain, 20% not to retain, and 10% expressed no opinion. Excluding those who had no opinion, 78% recommended to retain and 20% not to retain. (These percentages may not total 100% due to rounding.)