Theresa M. Cisneros

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Theresa M. Cisneros
Court Information:
Colorado Fourth Judicial District
Title:   Judge
Past position:   Private Practice
Personal History
Undergraduate:   University of Colorado at Denver
Law School:   University of Denver
Candidate 2012:
Candidate for:  Fourth Judicial District
State:  Colorado
Election information 2012:
Incumbent:  Yes
Election date:  11/6/2012
Retention vote:  162,935
Retention vote %:  69.92% ApprovedA

Theresa M. Cisneros is a judge for the Colorado Fourth Judicial District. She was appointed to this position in January of 1997. She currently serves in the juvenile division.[1]


Cisneros received her B.A. degree from the University of Colorado at Denver in 1979 and her J.D. degree from the University of Denver in 1983.[1]


Cisneros worked as a Colorado Deputy Public Defender from June of 1986 to September of 1991. She then worked as a private practice lawyer in Colorado Springs from March of 1993 until her judicial appointment in January of 1997.[1]



Cisneros was retained in the general election on November 6, winning 69.92% of the vote.[2]

See also: Colorado judicial elections, 2012

Judicial performance evaluation

The Fourth 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 Cisneros was recommended for retention by an unanimous vote. [4]

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