Seventh Judicial District - Ouray Court Judge
Honorable David S. Westfall
Retention Year: 2006
The Seventh Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance unanimously recommends that Judge David S. Westfall BE RETAINED.
Judge Westfall is a graduate of Colorado State University where he earned a bachelor of arts degree. He received his law degree from The Oklahoma City University School of Law. Judge Westfall was admitted to the practice of law in Colorado in 1983. He was appointed Ouray County Court Judge in January of 2000. The position of Ouray County Court Judge is part-time.
Judge Westfall’s workload consists of: Civil, 20%; Traffic, 25%; Felony, 5%; Criminal, 20%; Misdemeanor, 25%; and, Traffic, 5%. The Commission found Judge Westfall to be fair and impartial. He manages his docket in an efficient and accommodating manner.
Judge Westfall strives to be accurate in substantive law, procedure, sentencing and evidence. He describes as a weakness sometimes struggling to make instantaneous decisions during the heat of trial. Judge Westfall’s goals for the next year include completing a compilation of criminal sentencing statutes and taking district court case assignments.
Judge Westfall limits his participation in community functions to anonymous financial contributions because he finds personal service in a small community difficult due to potential conflicts with his judicial position. He serves as the Municipal Court judge in Ouray, Ridgway and Telluride.
The Judicial Performance Commission conducted a personal interview, reviewed Judge Westfall’s self-evaluation and the results of the Talmey-Drake survey. All 8 attorneys who responded to the survey recommended that Judge Westfall be retained. Of the non-attorneys, 85% recommended retention.
The Judicial Performance Commission of the Seventh Judicial District recommends that Ouray County Court Judge Westfall BE RETAINED.