Chris Melonakis

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Chris Melonakis
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Court Information:
Colorado Seventeenth Judicial District
Title:   Former judge
Appointed by:   Gov. Roy Romer
Active:   1998-1/2015
Succeeded by:   Don Quick
Past post:   Attorney in private practice
Personal History
Undergraduate:   Metropolitan State College of Denver, 1974
Law School:   University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, 1977
Candidate 2012:
Candidate for:  Seventeenth Judicial District
State:  Colorado
Election information 2012:
Incumbent:  Yes
Election date:  11/6/2012
Retention vote:  115,856
Retention vote %:  69.96% ApprovedA

Chris Melonakis was a judge for the Seventeenth Judicial District Court in Colorado. He was appointed to the court by former Governor Roy Romer in 1998.[1] Melonakis retired from the bench on January 12, 2015.[2]


Melonakis received his undergraduate degree from the Metropolitan State College of Denver in 1974 and his J.D. degree from the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law in 1977.[3]


Prior to joining the court, Melonakis was in private practice for over twenty years.[3]



Melonakis was retained in the general election on November 6, winning 69.96 percent of the vote.[4]

See also: Colorado judicial elections, 2012

Judicial performance evaluation

The Seventeenth 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 Melonakis was recommended for retention by an unanimous vote. [3]

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