R. Michael Mullins

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R. Michael Mullins
Court Information:
Colorado Second Judicial District
Title:   Judge
Past position:   Attorney, private practice
Personal History
Undergraduate:   St. Louis University
Law School:   University of Colorado Law School
Candidate 2012:
Candidate for:  Second Judicial District
State:  Colorado
Election information 2012:
Incumbent:  Yes
Election date:  11/6/2012
Retention vote:  143,279
Retention vote %:  76.16% ApprovedA

R. Michael Mullins is a judge for the Colorado Second Judicial District Court. He was appointed to this position in November of 1990.[1]


Mullins graduated from St. Louis University and then received his law degree from the University of Colorado Law School in 1975.[1]


Mullins worked in the Denver office of the Colorado State Public Defender for a few years before joining the Litigation Section of the Colorado Attorney General's Office. There he specialized in appellate cases and worked in the Division of Hearing Officers. He has also worked as a private practice lawyer in Denver, dealing with worker's compensation, criminal and administrative law.[1]



Mullins was retained in the general election on November 6, winning 76.16% 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 Mullins was recommended for retention by an unanimous vote. [4]

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