Judges’ Disciplinary Records Concealed From Performance Commission
Nelson Boyle is a Burg Simpson trial attorney and the chairman of the Second Judicial District Performance Commission. Mr. Boyle and the other nine members of the Second Judicial District Performance Commission have a list of two dozen Denver judges whose work they must evaluate this year. The reviews are a part of the process for how Colorado evaluates judges and decides whether to keep them on the bench.
Over the next several months, the commissioners will interview not only the judges but also lawyers, jury members, defendants, and plaintiffs about the judges’ performance. Next year, the recommendations by the Commission will determine whether Denver voters should retain those judges or remove them from a courtroom.
Mr. Boyle was recently interviewed by the Denver Post about the fact that he and his fellow commissioners are being asked to evaluate the judges without having access to the judges’ records from the Colorado Commission on Judicial Discipline.
Nelson Boyle’s civil litigation practice focuses on appeals, business, insurance bad faith, and personal injury litigation. He has practiced in Colorado trial courts, the Colorado Court of Appeals, the Colorado Supreme Court, the U.S. District Court for Colorado, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.
Nelson Chairs the Judicial Performance Commission for Colorado’s Second Judicial District. The Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives has twice appointed him to serve on that Commission. Nelson also serves as a member of the Amicus Curiae Committee of the American Association for Justice and on the Board of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, where he co-chaired the Amicus Curiae Committee from 2010-2018.
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