Christina Habas appointed to the State Commission on Judicial Performance

Shareholder, Christina M. Habas, has been appointed to the State Commission on Judicial Excellence as an attorney member.

Ms. Habas was appointed by Chief Justice Michael L. Bender of the Colorado Supreme Court, and will be effective through November 30, 2013.

Commissions on Judicial Performance were created in 1988 by the Colorado General Assembly to provide fair, responsible and constructive evaluations of trial and appellate judges and justices. The evaluations enable voters to make informed decisions in judicial retention elections, and also provide judges with information that can be used to improve their professional skills.

The State Commission on Judicial Performance developed evaluation techniques for district and county judges, justices of the Supreme Court, and judges of the court of appeals. According to statute, those criteria include the following: integrity; legal knowledge; communication skills; judicial temperament; administrative performance; and service to the legal profession and the public.

“I am honored to be a part of this commission, and will do my best to provide accurate information to the state’s voters about judicial performance,” said Ms. Habas.

Ms. Habas began private practice in 1982 and over the next 22 years as an attorney with Watson Nathan Bremer, P.C., and Bruno, Bruno and Colin, P.C. Ms. Habas became a Denver District Court judge in January 2004, serving in all three divisions of that Court, as well as serving as Presiding Grand Jury Judge.

In 2012, she was awarded the annual Judicial Excellence Award by the Colorado Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates – a leading U.S. civil trial lawyers’ organization.

 

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