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Todd Leslie Taylor

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Todd Leslie Taylor
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Current Court Information:
Colorado Nineteenth Judicial District
Title:   Judge
Appointed by:   Gov. Bill Ritter
Active:   2010-2018
Preceded by:   Gilbert Gutierrez
Personal History
Undergraduate:   University of Colorado- Boulder, 1987
Law School:   Georgetown University Law Center, 1991
Candidate 2012:
Candidate for:  Nineteenth Judicial District
State:  Colorado
Election information 2012:
Incumbent:  Yes
Election date:  11/6/2012
Retention vote:  62,732
Retention vote %:  69.63% ApprovedA

Todd Leslie Taylor is a judge on the 19th District Court in Weld County, Colorado. He has served in this position since August 23, 2010. He was appointed by Governor Bill Ritter to replace retiring judge Gilbert Gutierrez. He was retained in 2012 for a term that expires in 2018.[1][2]


Taylor received his B.A. from the University of Colorado - Boulder in 1987 and his J.D. in 1991 from the Georgetown University Law Center.[1][2]


  • 1991-92 Staff attorney, Legal Services Corporation in Washington, D.C.
  • 1992-97 Deputy district attorney, Colorado Nineteenth Judicial District
  • 1997-2002 Private practice attorney
  • 2002-10 Partner, Taylor & Rapp[1][2]



Taylor was retained in the general election on November 6, winning 69.63% of the vote.[3]

See also: Colorado judicial elections, 2012

Judicial performance evaluation

The Nineteenth 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.[4]

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 Taylor was recommended for retention by an unanimous vote. [5]


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