Whicher, Susan 2004 Evaluation


Twenty-Second Judicial District - Dolores County Court Judge

Honorable Susan Wendall Whicher  

Retention Year: 2004
Recommendation: Retain

The Twenty-Second Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance unanimously recommends that Judge Susan Wendall Whicher BE RETAINED.

In September 2000, Judge Whicher was appointed Dolores County Court Judge with a starting date of January 2001. Before assuming the duties of Dolores County Court Judge, Judge Whicher had been a sole practitioner with a practice in family law and mediation.
Judge Whicher received an undergraduate degree from Cornell University, master's degree at the University of Denver, and her law degree at the University of Denver. Judge Whicher is the sole County Court Judge in Dolores County and hears a variety of criminal and civil cases.

In making the decision to retain Judge Whicher the Commission reviewed written evaluations of Judge Whicher by attorneys and non-attorneys. These evaluations included verbatim comments attached to the evaluation and self-evaluation compiled by Judge Whicher, together with comments from open meetings to gather public comments, and personal interview with Judge Whicher.

Judge Whicher has annually attended, on scholarship, judicial trainings through the National Judicial College to improve her knowledge of criminal law. Judge Whicher is active in the Dolores County community. She appears on DVTV called The Judge's Corner, is active with the library board, the 4-H club, and the Dolores County Resource Center. Judge Whicher received high ratings in her communication skills, demeanor, and case management. Of the attorneys surveyed, 100% recommended Judge Whicher be retained in office. Of non-attorneys, 64% recommended retention and 35% recommended non-retention.