Court of Appeals — Gale T. Miller
Do not retain
Judge Gale T. Miller, whose background is in “complex civil litigation,” admits his faults.
The Colorado Office of Judicial Performance Evaluation summary on Miller says he “recognizes his need to improve his opinion writing,” the area in which he scored lowest on attorney surveys. And the COJPE says he appears to be improving in the clarity of his writing.
Like Judge Laurie Booras, Miller has only held a seat since 2009. He’s become involved in important causes since then, though, joining committees on access to legal help and public education about the law. And overall, Miller scored well on surveys of attorneys and judges.
We recommend retention for Miller, applying the same logic as with Booras. We have a newer judge who’s showing improvement and by and large doing well. There’s no reason to replace him with someone brand-new.