Sixth Judicial District - District Court Judge
Honorable Jeffrey R. Wilson
Retention Year: 2010
The Sixth Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance recommends that Judge Jeffrey R. Wilson BE RETAINED. With 9 of the 10 members of the Commission participating, the vote in favor of retention of Judge Wilson was 7 to 2. One Commissioner was absent.
Judge Wilson was appointed to the Sixth Judicial District Court bench in July 2002 by Governor Bill Owens. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Wilson worked as a Deputy District Attorney in Colorado Springs from 1981-1983, in private practice in Colorado Springs from 1983 -1984 and at the District Attorney’s Office in the Sixth Judicial District from 1984-1989 and the District Attorney’s Office in the Twenty-Second Judicial District from 1989-1990. From l990-2002 Judge Wilson was in private practice, specializing in criminal defense, personal injury and family law. While in private practice, Judge Wilson was the Southern Ute Tribal prosecutor and then Southern Ute Tribal Judge. Judge Wilson graduated with distinction from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1980.
The Commission reviewed written surveys of Judge Wilson from attorneys and non-attorneys, including written verbatim comments included in the questionnaires. Public notice of written commentary was published in the newspapers in the judicial district. The Commission also considered a written self-evaluation completed by Judge Wilson and Commission members observed Judge Wilson in his courtroom. In addition, the Commission conducted a personal interview with Judge Wilson in which we thoroughly discussed some of the issues addressed in the written materials and self-evaluation. These included his treatment of witnesses, lawyers and parties who appeared in his courtroom. The Commission was concerned that Judge Wilson needed to improve his courtroom decorum.
The Commission was impressed with Judge Wilson’s open discussion of these issues in his personal interview and his commitment to improving his performance in those areas.
Judge Wilson continues to have favorable reviews of his judicial performance. Of the attorneys responding to the questionnaire, 88% recommended that Judge Wilson be retained in office, while 12% recommend to not retain. The non-attorneys responding to the surveys voted 91% in favor of retention, while the number voting not to retain was 9%. The Commission is of the opinion that the Sixth Judicial District is well served by Judge Jeffrey R. Wilson.