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Four Weld District Court, 10 Colorado Court of Appeals judges up for retention this year

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On Nov. 8, voters will decide whether four Weld District Court judges and 10 Colorado Court of Appeals judges will retain their seats on the bench.

District Court Judges Warren Troy Hause, Julie C. Hoskins and Shannon D. Lyons and Thomas Quammen, as well as Colorado Court of Appeals judges Karen M. Ashby, Michael H. Berger, Steven L. Bernard, Stephanie E. Dunn, David Furman, Robert D. Hawthorne, Jerry N. Jones, Anthony J. Navarro, Gilbert M. Román and Diana Terry face retention votes this year. All 14 of them are recommended for retention, according to a state panel.

Judges in Colorado aren't elected directly. Since 1966, the state has used a merit system, which means judges are appointed by the governor, along with a committee of local attorneys and residents.

Judges periodically come under review by the Commission on Judicial Performance, established in 1988 to evaluate judges in a fair and responsible way. A 10-member board, also comprised of attorneys and residents, interviews judges when they are up for retention, then makes a recommendation to the state commission about whether judges should remain on the bench.

The Colorado General Assembly then publishes those recommendations in the "Blue Book," and sends them to every registered voter in the state.

Weld District court judges

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Here's a look at the four district court judges up for retention this year:

» Warren Troy Hause, domestic docket, adoptions, dependency-and-neglect matters. He was appointed in 2013. The commission voted 10-0 to retain. Attorneys, 92 percent for retention; non-attorneys, 87 percent in favor of retention. Haus scored highest in areas of communication and diligence.

» Julie C. Hoskins, civil, mental health, probate, domestic relations and criminal dockets. She was appointed in 2007. The commission voted 10-0 to retain. Attorneys, 89 percent in favor of retention; non-attorneys, 80 percent recommended retention. Hoskins scored highest in the areas of communication and demeanor.

» Shannon D. Lyons, mostly criminal docket with some civil matters. He was appointed in 2013. The commission voted 9-0 to retain, with one member recusing. Attorneys, 66 percent for retention; non-attorneys, 85 percent recommended retention. Lyons scored highest in areas of communication and demeanor.

» Thomas J. Quammen, criminal docket. He was appointed in 2008. The commission voted 10-0 to retain. Attorneys, 72 percent in favor of retention; non-attorneys, 87 percent for retention. Quammen scored highest in areas of communication and fairness.

Editor’s note

This story has been modified from its original version. In its original form, it listed an incorrect set of judges up for retention. This year, there are four Weld District Court judges and 10 Colorado Appeals Court judges who are on the ballot for retention.