Fourth Judicial District - El Paso County Court Judge
Honorable Daniel S. Wilson
Retention Year: 2004
The Fourth Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance recommends that Judge Daniel S. Wilson BE RETAINED. Of the ten members on the Commission, nine voted for retention with one absent during the retention vote.
Judge Wilson was appointed to the El Paso County Court in 2002. Judge Wilson handles mostly misdemeanor criminal, civil, and traffic cases. He is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and the University of Nebraska School of Law prior to his appointment to the bench. Judge Wilson was in private practice in Phoenix and Denver and served as a Deputy District Attorney in the Fourth Judicial District.
The Commission based its recommendation on the results of 83 detailed surveys completed by attorneys from the district attorney's office, attorneys for defendants, law enforcement officers, court employees, defendants, jurors, and others who have appeared in Judge Wilson's court. In addition, the Commission interviewed Judge Wilson, took comments from the public at a hearing, and reviewed a self evaluation completed by Judge Wilson.
Based on the results of 34 attorney and 49 non-attorney surveys, 84% of the attorney and 88% of the non-attorney respondents recommended Judge Wilson for retention. Judge Wilson was rated above average in the areas of treating people representing themselves fairly and impartiality by jurors, law enforcement officers, and other non-attorneys. Survey comments from both attorneys and non-attorneys included "understanding," "respectful, intelligent, honest, detailed," "very fair," and "very professional and experienced." Judge Wilson's experience, professionalism, and dedication make him an excellent candidate for retention.