Fourth Judicial District - El Paso County Court Judge
Honorable Regina Walter
Retention Year: 2014
Recommendation: Meets Performance Standard
The Fourth Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance unanimously recommends, by a vote of 8-0, that Judge Regina Walter BE RETAINED.
Judge Walter was appointed to the El Paso County Court in August 2008. Prior to her appointment, she was a Juvenile Magistrate in the Fourth Judicial District for 21 years, and previous to that was a deputy public defender for the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office. She is a graduate of Colorado College and received her law degree from the University of Tulsa College of Law. She has been very active in the community and her contributions include organizing the four “Educating Children of Color” summits which have provided $35,000 in scholarships and educated 500 parents, teachers, students and juvenile justice professionals at each summit. Additionally, Judge Walter has provided 1500 hours of diversity training throughout Colorado and also serves as the Cultural Competence Trainer for the Fourth Judicial District. She has received numerous awards in recognition of her community service including the 2010 Liberty Bell Award from the El Paso County Bar Association and the 2010 Freedom Fund Award from the NAACP.
The Commission interviewed Judge Walter, reviewed several of her written opinions, observed her in court and reviewed surveys sent to both attorneys and non-attorneys, including jurors, who appeared in her courtroom. Of attorneys responding to the survey, 63% recommended that Judge Walter be retained, 32% recommended non-retention, and 5% made no recommendation regarding retention. Of non-attorneys responding to the survey, 86% voted to retain, 8% voted to non-retain, and 6% made no recommendation regarding retention. (These percentages might not total 100% due to rounding.)
Judge Walter’s current docket is 50% misdemeanor, 40% traffic and 10% civil. On the survey, the judge’s overall average grade by attorneys was below the average of all county judges standing for retention and her scores were lower than average in all five areas surveyed. The weakest areas were Application and Knowledge of the Law and Demeanor. Thirty-three percent of attorneys who responded to the survey stated that the judge was biased toward the defense compared with 9% of attorneys responding to all county judges. Non-attorneys surveyed responded with an overall average grade equal to all county judges standing for retention and her scores were equal to the county judges in all five areas surveyed. Seventy-eight percent of non-attorneys saw her as neither biased toward the defense or prosecution which was close to the average of all county judges.