Twenty-Second Judicial District - District Court Judge
Honorable Douglas S. Walker
Retention Year: 2016
Recommendation: Meets Performance Standard
The Twenty-Second Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance recommends by a vote of 9-0 that Chief Judge Douglas S. Walker BE RETAINED.
Judge Walker held the position of District Court Magistrate for the Sixth and Twenty-Second Judicial Districts, State of Colorado, from January 2, 1997 to July 31, 2007 and was appointed as District Court Judge in August 2007. He graduated with a B.A. in History and Humanities, 1976, Magna Cum Laude from Ft. Lewis College in Durango. He attended the University of Santa Clara, School of Law (1977) and graduated from the University of Colorado School of Law in 1979. He went on to practice law as a private attorney in the Four Corners area; Judge Walker remains dedicated to both the law and his roots here.
The Commission reviewed the results of surveys, reviewed the self-evaluation of Judge Walker, conducted unannounced courtroom observations, reviewed caseload statistics, and conducted an interview with Judge Walker prior to making the recommendation for retention. The survey asked “how strongly do you recommend that Judge Walker be retained in office, or not be retained in office?” Of attorneys completing the survey, 40% recommended to retain, 50% not to retain, and 10% expressed no recommendation. Of non-attorneys completing the survey, 93% recommended to retain, 4% not to retain and 4% expressed no recommendation. Ten attorneys and twenty-eight non-attorneys completed judicial performance surveys this evaluation cycle.
The Commissioners noted Judge Walker’s dedication to and involvement with the Twenty-Second Judicial District. He chairs the Four Corners Bar Association Scholarship Committee and was active in working to set up the local domestic violence safe house. He is also active in pre-trial services programs, family treatment court, drug court, and youth corrections, demonstrating a strong commitment to our district. Judge Walker regularly attends judicial trainings. He continues to identify opportunities to improve his performance as a judge.