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Shelley I. Gilman

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Shelley I. Gilman
Current Court Information:
Colorado Second Judicial District
Title:   Judge
Personal History
Undergraduate:   University of Illinois
Law School:   University of Denver
Candidate 2012:
Candidate for:  Second Judicial District
State:  Colorado
Election information 2012:
Incumbent:  Yes
Election date:  11/6/2012
Retention vote:  147,854
Retention vote %:  77.91% ApprovedA

Shelley I. Gilman is a judge for the Colorado Second Judicial District Court. She was appointed to this position in February of 1998. She currently hears criminal cases, but she has also served in the domestic relations division.[1]


Gilman received her undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois and then earned her law degree from the University of Denver College of Law in 1978.[1]


Gilman began her legal career practicing in various county trial offices and in the appellate division of the Colorado State Public Defender's office. She then worked as private practice lawyer in Denver, Colorado. Her practice emphasized juvenile, criminal and appellate cases.[1]



Gilman was retained in the general election on November 6, winning 77.91% of the vote.[2]

See also: Colorado judicial elections, 2012

Judicial performance evaluation

The Second Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance announced its recommendations for judges up for retention in 2012. According to its website, the commission evaluates judges based on the following criteria: integrity, legal knowledge, communication skills, judicial temperament, and administrative performance.[3]

Criticism of process

There are critics of the state's method for evaluating judges. The most common complaint is that the evaluations are simply "rubber stamps" for judges standing for retention. To learn more about this viewpoint, read: The Denver Post, "Evaluating the performance of justices," February 15, 2010.

Judge Gilman was recommended for retention by an unanimous vote. [4]

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