Second Judicial District — Denver City and County

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Unlike all other judicial districts in Colorado the Second Judicial District does not have a combined court. Denver has separate courts, meaning different case types are filed in different courts.

Denver City and County

1437 Bannock Street

Denver CO 80202

District Court (civil and domestic matters), County Court (civil matters), Probate Court and Traffic Court are all located in the City and County Building.

 

Lindsey-Flanigan Courthouse

520 West Colfax

Denver CO 80204

Criminal Court (district and county) and Juvenile Court

 

In 2012 the Equal Justice Foundation began a rating system of justices standing for retention based on the votes of attorneys who submit responses to surveys sent to them by the Judicial Performance Review Commission. The idea was first put forward by the Rocky Mountain News in an October 13, 2002, editorial. Whether a "Retain" or "Do Not Retain" is recommended is based on the criteria:

Retain: More than 85% of attorneys voted to retain;

Marginal: only 80-85% of attorneys voted to retain. In 2014 review this was changed to 75-85% of attorneys voted to retain;

Do Not Retain: Less than 80% of attorneys voted to retain. In 2014 review this was changed to <75% of attorneys voted to retain.


 
    Table 17: Second Judicial District Judges and Magistrates

Name of Judge

Telephone

Case Links

Comments

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District Judges

Jeffrey Bayless

 

Now trains dogs to be service/assistance dogs for the physically handicapped.

 

Retired in April 2006.

 

Appointed district court judge in 1986.

Stood for retention in 2002. 100% Retain.

Reported to be fair and impartial in determining child support. Unfortunately, he retired in April 2006.

Karen L. Brody

Courtroom 414

(720) 865-9410

 

Appointed district judge by Gov. Hickenlooper in March 2014. Previously in private practice.

Stood for retention in 2016.

EJF recommendation: Retain

93% of attorneys voted to Retain and only 6% voted Do Not Retain.

Edward D. Bronfin

Courtroom: 5A

(720) 337-0659

 

Appointed district court judge in July 2008.

Stood for retention in 2010. 89% Retain.

Stood for retention again in 2016.

EJF recommendation: Marginal

Just 76% of attorneys voted to Retain this time, while 24% voted Do Not Retain. Commission had concerns about his demeanor and some found him impatient, not able to hold his temper, and biased.

Ross B. H. Buchanan

Courtroom 275

(720) 865-8614

 

Appointed district court judge in November 2013. Prior to that he was in private practice.

Stood for retention in 2016.

EJF recommendation: Retain

89% of attorneys voted to Retain and only 4% voted Do Not Retain.

John Coughlin

 

Retired June 30, 2005. He isn't missed.

 

Appointed district judge in May 1985.

Stood for retention in 2000. 80% Retain.

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Voided provisions of the Colorado Constitution in order to control the outcome of case. He was accused of doing this frequently regarding political issues between Republicans and Democrats.

 

On March 18, 2004, Rep. Greg Brophy, R-Wray called for Coughlin's impeachment (see Rocky Mountain News on March 19, 2004)

Martin F. Egelhoff

Courtroom 5D

(720) 337-0671

 

Appointed district judge in June 1999.

Stood for retention in 2002. 85% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2008. 91% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Do Not Retain

Judge Egelhoff's reviews dropped markedly in 2014 and only 70% of attorneys voted to Retain him while 18% voted Do Not Retain.

J. Eric Eliff

Courtroom 215

(720) 865-8308

 

Appointed district judge by Gov. HIckenlooper in January 2011.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Retain

93% of attorneys voted to Retain, only 4% voted Do Not Retain.

Ann B. Frick

 

Stepped down from bench in July 2016.

 

Appointed district judge in April 2010 by Gov. Ritter.

Stood for retention in 2012.

EJF recommendation: Retain

91% Retain, 9% Do Not Retain

Kandace C. Gerdes

Courtroom 5B

(720) 337-0663

 

Appointed district judge by Gov. Hickenlooper in November 2013.

Stood for retention in 2016.

EJF recommendation: Do Not Retain

Only 63% of attorneys voted to Retain while 37% voted Do Not Retain.

Shelley I. Gilman

Courtroom 269

(720) 865-8303

 

Appointed district judge in February 1998.

Stood for retention in 2012.

EJF recommendation: Retain

93% of attorneys voted to retain and only 7% Do Not Retain

Christina M. Habas

 

No longer on bench as of 2012.

 

Appointed district judge December 2003.

Stood for retention in 2006. 82% Retain.

Jay S. Grant

Courtroom 209

(720) 865-8307

 

Appointed district judge by Gov. Hickenlooper in April 2016. Previously he was in public defender's office.

Norman D. Haglund

 

Stepped down from bench in April 2014.

 

Appointed district judge in April 2007.

Replaced Lawrence Manzanares

Stood for retention in 2010. 96% Retain.

Morris Hoffman

Courtroom 4G

 

He has publicly stated his views on current prison system and drug courts.

(720) 337-0651

 

Appointed district court judge in December 1990.

Stood for retention in 2012.

EJF recommendation: Retain

92% of attorneys voted to retain and only 8% voted Do Not Retain

William W. Hood III

 

Gov. Hickenlooper promoted him to Colorado Supreme Court in January 2014.

 

Appointed district court judge May 2007.

Replaced John N. McMullen

Stood for retention in 2010. 98% Retain.

Robert S. Hyatt

 

Served as chief judge from 2010 through 2013.

 

Retired December 31, 2013.

 

Appointed district court judge in Nov. 1987.

Stood for retention in 2002. 89% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2008. 94% Retain.

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Ignored constitutional right of citizen to keep and bear arms. When Colorado legislature voided municipal ordinance he refused to reverse himself.

A. Bruce Jones

Courtroom 424

(720) 865-8612

 

Appointed district judge in December 2010. No prior judicial experience.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Retain

90% of attorneys voted to Retain and only 2% voted Do Not Retain.

Kenneth M. Laff

Courtroom 309

(720) 865-9220

 

Appointed district court judge in 2008.

Stood for retention in 2012.

EJF recommendation: Marginal.

Only 81% of attorneys voted to retain and 19% voted Do Not Retain.

Catherine A. Lemon

Courtroom 368

(720) 865-8305

 

Appointed district court judge in Jan. 2004.

Stood for retention in 2006. 77% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2012.

EJF recommendation: Retain

96% of attorneys voted to Retain, only 4% voted Do Not Retain

John W. Madden IV

Courtroom 203

(720) 865-8306

 

Appointed district court judge in July 2006

Stood for retention in 2008. 100% Retain.

Stood for retention again in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Do Not Retain

Only 58% of attorneys voted to Retain, 33% voted Do Not Retain, one of the poorest showing of any district judge in this cycle and a remarkable decline from his prior review.

Anne Mannsfield

 

Retired from bench in 2013.

 

Appointed district court judge in May 2005.

Stood for retention in 2008. 95% Retain.

Concerns about bias towards prosecution.

Lawrence A. Manzanares

Stepped down December 31, 2006 to become Denver City Attorney. Resigned in disgrace from city attorney position on February 27, 2007, after being found with a stolen laptop computer. (Denver Post, February 28, 2007, p. 1B-4B). On June 13, 2007, he was charged with felony counts of theft, embezzlement, and tampering with evidence (he tried to remove pornography from the laptop). He committed suicide on June 22, 2007 (Denver Post, June 24, 2007, p.1A & 19A)

 

 

Appointed district court judge in 1992.

Stood for retention in 1998. 83% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2002. 81% Retain.

Paul A. Markson, Jr.

Given very poor rating in Oct. 13, 2002 Rocky Mountain News article.

 

Retired December 31, 2003.

 

Appointed district judge January 1981.

Stood for retention in 2002. Pathetic 59% of attorneys voted to Retain.

Warren O. Martin

 

No longer on bench as of February 2007.

 

Appointed district court judge in July 1980

Stood for retention in 2000. 85% Retain.

Frank Martinez

 

Retired December 1, 2003.

 

Appointed district judge January 2000.

Stood for retention in 2000. Pathetic 56% of attorneys voted to Retain. The commission found he required improvement in communications skills, courtroom demeanor and temperament, and that he lost his temper and responded in an inappropriate manner. He was also found to be sarcastic and abrupt in his courtroom manner.

Michael A. Martinez

Chief Judge

Courtroom: 259

(720) 865-8302

 

Appointed district judge in September 2000.

Stood for retention in 2004. 94% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2010. 85% Retain.

Stood for retention again in 2016.

EJF recommendation: Retain

94% of attorneys voted to Retain and none voted Do Not Retain.

Andrew P. McCallin

Courtroom 5C

(720) 337-0667

 

Appointed district judge by Gov. Hickenlooper in January 2014.

Stood for retention in 2016.

EJF recommendation: Retain

96% of attorneys voted to Retain with only 4% voting Do Not Retain.

Robert L. McGahey, Jr.

Courtroom 311

(720) 865-9260

 

Appointed district court judge in Dec. 1999.

Stood for retention in 2002. 88% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2008. 95% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Marginal

84% of attorneys voted to Retain, 8% voted Do Not Retain, and 8% did not vote.

John N. McMullen

 

Retired March 31, 2007.

 

Appointed district court judge August 1983.

Stood for retention in 1998. 78% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2004. 87% Retain.

Joseph E. Meyer III

 

No longer on bench as of July 2009

 

Appointed district judge January 1997.

Stood for retention in 2000. 95% Retain.

Polite and considerate with pro se litigants

R. Michael Mullins

(720) 865-8614

Retired July 1, 2016.

 

Appointed district judge in November 1990.

Stood for retention in 2000. 82% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2006. 95% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2012.

EJF recommendation: Retain 96%

Larry J. Naves

 

Stepped down in February 2010 to enter private practice.

 

Appointed district judge in January 1987.

Stood for retention in 2002. 83% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2008. 82% Retain.

J. Stephen Phillips

 

Did not stand for retention in 2010 and no longer on bench

 

Appointed district judge in April 1983.

Stood for retention in 1998. 86% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2004. 82% Retain.

Gloria A. Rivera

Given very poor rating in Oct. 13, 2002 Rocky Mountain News article.

 

No longer on bench as of July 2009.

 

Appointed district court judge March 1999.

Stood for retention in 2002. Only 68% of attorneys voted to Retain.

Sheila A. Rappaport

Courtroom 4H

(720) 337-0655

 

Appointed district court judge in April 2000.

Stood for retention in 2002. 94% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2008. Only 77% of attorneys voted to Retain that time.

Stood for retention again in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Marginal

78% of attorneys voted to retain, virtually identical to her 2008 review and suggesting she has not improved.

William D. Robbins

Courtroom 5H

(720) 337-0499

 

Appointed district court judge in April 2002.

Stood for retention in 2004. 93% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2010. 100% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2016.

EJF recommendation: Marginal

This time only 77% of attorneys voted to Retain and 19% voted Do Not Retain.

Elizabeth A. Starrs

Courtroom 331

(720) 865-9280

 

Appointed district judge by Gov. Hickenlooper in July 2012.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Marginal

82% of attorneys voted to Retain, 7% voted Do Not Retain, and 11% did not vote.

Herbert L. Stern III

 

Retired from bench June 1, 2015.

 

Appointed district court judge in June 1990.

Stood for retention in 1998. 93% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2004. 92% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2010. 82% Retain.

Jennifer Torrington

Courtroom 303

(720) 865-8610

 

Appointed district judge by Gov. Hickenlooper in April 2016. Promoted from magistrate.

Michael J. Vallejos

Courtroom 5G

(720) 337-0696

 

Appointed district judge in December 2010.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Marginal

81% of attorneys voted to Retain, 12% voted Do Not Retain, and 7% did not vote.

Brian Whitney

Courtroom 5G

(720) 337-0696

 

Appointed district judge in January 2007.

Stood for retention in 2010. 91% Retain.

Stood for retention again in 2016.

EJF recommendation: Retain

95% of attorneys voted to Retain and none voted Do Not Retain.

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Probate Court (sometimes referred to as the 24th Judicial District)

Elizabeth D. Leith

Presiding Judge

Room 220

(720) 865-8349

 

Transferred to probate court to replace Stewart in mid-2011.

Stood for retention in 2014:

EJF recommendation: Marginal

Only 75% of attorneys voted to Retain while 16% voted Do Not Retain.

C. Jean Stewart

 

Stepped down from bench on June 10, 2011 after series of very negative articles in the Denver Post.

 

Appointed district-probate judge May 1995.

Stood for retention in 1998. 85% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2004. 91% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2010. 90% Retain.

See problems with the probate court.

Ruben Hernandez

Magistrate

Room 232

 

 

 

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Juvenile Court

Lindsey-Flanigan Courthouse, 520 West Colfax, Denver CO 80204

Telephone: (720) 337-0570

Karen Michele Ashby

 

Promoted to Court of Appeals by Gov. Hickenlooper in August 2013.

 

Appointed district-juvenile judge Sept. 1998.

Stood for retention in 2000. 100% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2006. 93% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2012.

EJF recommendation: Marginal

Only 84% of attorneys voted to retain this time and 16% voted Do Not Retain.

Laurie A. Clark

 

 

Appointed district judge in November 2013. Prior to that she was a magistrate in the 17 th Judicial District (Adams County).

Stood for retention in 2016.

EJF recommendation: Do Not Retain

Only 74% of attorneys voted to Retain while 24% voted Do Not Retain.

Donna Schmalberger

 

 

Appointed district-juvenile judge by Gov. Ritter September 2007. Formerly an assistant Arapahoe County district attorney.

Stood for retention in 2010. Only a pitiful 59% of attorneys voted to retain.

Stood for retention again in 2016.

EJF recommendation: Retain

This time 87% of attorneys voted to Retain and none voted Do Not Retain.

Dana U. Wakefield

 

Retired in September 2007.

 

Appointed district-juvenile judge Jan. 1980.

Stood for retention in 2000. 82% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2006. 94% Retain.

Orrelle Rodgers Weeks

 

Retired in September 2007.

 

Appointed district-juvenile judge May 1973.

Stood for retention in 2000. 80% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2006. 94% Retain.

David Brett Woods

 

 

Appointed by Gov. Ritter September 2007. Formerly a Denver magistrate.

Stood for retention in 2010. 91% Retain.

Stood for retention again in 2016.

EJF recommendation: Marginal

Only 78% of attorneys voted to Retain while 11% voted Do Not Retain.

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County Judges (appointed by Denver mayor)

For county court information and addresses click here.

Andrew S. Armatas

 

Stepped down from the bench January 1, 2013.

 

Appointed county judge February 1990.

Stood for retention in 2000. 82% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2004. 100% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2008. 80% Retain.

John C. Barajas

Located in Van Cise-Simonet Detention Center, Room 2100

 

As of 2007 Barrajas has been put in charge of handing out protection orders, which he does with a typical disregard of Constitutional and human rights.

(720) 337-0082

 

 

Appointed county judge in October 2002.

Stood for retention in 2006. 100% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2010. 91% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Marginal

While 80% of attorneys voted to Retain he has a generally poor record with the public.

At the time of his DUI Barajas was hearing traffic cases including driving while intoxicated complaints. He was reassigned after his DUI and resultant accident but not required to step down.

12 points were assessed against his drivers licence and it would be revoked for any citizen.

After rear ending a truck that was turning right on Federal Blvd. while he was traveling west on 26 th Avenue, Barajas was charged with driving under the influence (DUI), careless driving, following too closely, and driving without proof of insurance on November 9, 2006, according to November 17, 2006, Denver Post (p. 2B).

On January 3, 2007, Barajas pled guilty to careless driving and driving while ability impaired (DWAI). Charges of driving too closely, DUI, and driving without proof of insurance were dismissed. He was sentenced to pay costs of $969 and 45 days in jail, but 40 days were suspended. The 5 days were limited to wearing an electronic monitoring device, not actually in jail.

In August 2009 Barajas gave female Denver Parks official a restraining order against a man petitioning for redress of grievances.

Larry L. Bohning

 

Retired January 2015.

 

Appointed county court judge in 1980.

Stood for retention in 1998. 93% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2002. 100% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2006. 95% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2010. 91% Retain.

Did not stand for retention in 2014.

Kathleen M. Bowers

 

Given very poor rating in Oct. 13, 2002 Rocky Mountain News article.

 

No longer on bench.

 

Appointed county court judge August 1988.

Stood for retention in 1998. Only a pathetic 62% of attorneys voted to retain.

Stood for retention in 2002. Only 73% of attorneys voted to retain.

This judge was reported to be faithful to the law and acts impartially.

James B. Breese

 

Retired April 30, 2015 and none too soon.

 

Appointed county court judge in April 1987.

Stood for retention in 1998. 92% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2002. 86% Retain.

Sampling problem with commission.

Stood for retention in 2006. 96% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2010. 100% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Do Not Retain

In stark contrast with his 2010 performance review only 73% of attorneys voted to Retain. Time for this judge to retire.

Dianne L. Briscoe

Courtroom 3C

(720) 337-0843

 

Appointed county court judge in January 2011.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Do Not Retain

Briscoe is in over her head as a judge. Only 42% of attorneys voted to Retain while a nearly equal number, 36% voted Do Not Retain. Commission criticized her for an "apparent lack of familiarity or understanding of relevant law."

Doris Burd

Courtroom 175

(720) 865-7270

 

Appointed county judge January 1989.

Stood for retention in 2000. 95% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2004. 100% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2008. 93% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2012.

EJF recommendation: Retain 99% of attorneys. Personal observation confirms that.

Stood for retention again in 2016.

EJF recommendation: Retain

98% of attorneys voted to Retain. None voted against her.

 

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Disqualified Denver DA's expert witness in domestic violence case. Also refused to allow hearsay witnesses for prosecution.

Brian T. Campbell

Courtroom 170

(720) 865-7275

 

Appointed county judge in March 1980.

Stood for retention in 1998. 100% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2002. 100% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2006. 100% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2010. 99% Retain.

Stood for retention again in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Marginal

In contrast with his previous outstanding reviews in 2014 only 81% of attorneys voted to Retain. With 34 years on the bench it is probably time he retired.

Mary Celeste

 

Given very poor rating in Oct. 13, 2002 Rocky Mountain News article.

 

Did not stand for retention in 2014. Retired in January 2015.

 

Appointed to bench in April 2000.

Stood for retention in 2002. Only a pathetic 60% of attorneys voted to retain.

Stood for retention in 2006. 87% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2010. A pitiful 66% of attorneys voted to retain.

Judicial review commission offered no opinion for or against retention.

This judge is reported to be faithful to the law and acts impartially.

On July 27, 2011, Mary Celeste left her young granddaughter locked in her car while she went shopping. Police and fire were called to try and save the child from the heat. Had you or I done that we would be jailed and the child placed in foster care but she was simply "investigated" and no charges were filed.

Robert B. Crew, Jr.

Courtroom 186

(720) 865-7930

 

Appointed county judge in September 1997.

Stood for retention in 2000. 91% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2004. 97% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2008. 97% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2012.

EJF recommendation: Retain

87% of attorneys voted to retain and 12% voted Do Not Retain

Andrea Eddy

Courtroom 2300

(720) 337-0078

 

Appointed county court judge by Mayor Hancock in April 2016. Formerly a magistrate for Denver County Court.

Adam Espinosa

Courtroom 30

(720) 337-0831

 

Appointed by Mayor Hancock and stepped up to the bench on January 13, 2015. Formerly with Office of Attorney Regulation.

Beth Faragher

Courtroom 3D

(720) 337-0808

 

Appointed by Mayor Hancock on May 9, 2014. Formerly with Denver Public Defenders Counsel.

Stood for retention in 2016.

EJF recommendation: Marginal

84% of attorneys voted to Retain and 0% voted Do Not Retain.

Olympia Fay

Courtroom 3E

(720) 337-0814

Did not stand for retention in 2016.

 

Appointed by county court judge by Mayor Hancock in September 2014.

Herbert H. Galchinsky

 

No longer on bench as of September 2012.

 

Appointed county judge in September 1994.

Stood for retention in 1998. 90% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2002. 75% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2006. 100% Retain.

Clarisse Gonzales

AKA Clarisse Gonzales Mangnail

Courtroom 159

(720) 865-7285

 

Appointed county court judge in Jan. 2007.

Formerly magistrate in 18 th Judicial District.

Stood for retention in 2010. 97% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Retain

93% of attorneys voted to Retain with only 7% voting Do Not Retain

Kerry S. Hada

 

Former Army Ranger

suffering from PTSD.

 

No longer on bench as of November 2015. Apparently granted retirement in April 2016.

 

Appointed county judge in December 2008 by Mayor Hickenlooper.

Stood for retention in 2012.

EJF recommendation: Do Not Retain.

77% of attorneys voted to retain, 23% voted Do Not Retain.

On September 11, 2015, Judge Hada began acting erratically and inappropriately in court. Chief Judge John Marcucci asked Hada to leave but he refused. Marcucci then summoned sheriff's deputies who removed Hada from the courtroom. Reportedly the incident began when Hada attempted to attack an attorney appearing before him.

Following the Friday meltdown, on September 14, 2015, Denver police and their SWAT team were called to a Denver hotel for a "welfare check." A number guests were evacuated and police took a man, reportedly Judge Hada, into custody.

Judge Hada was placed on "extended leave" following these incidents.

Alfred C. Harrell

 

Retired April 2016.

 

Appointed county court judge in Nov. 1985.

Stood for retention in 2000. 96% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2004. 93% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2008. 88% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2012.

EJF recommendation: Retain 87% & 13% Do Not Retain

Disqualified Denver DA's expert witness in domestic violence case in May 2010.

Gary M. Jackson

Courtroom 3B

(720) 337-0481

 

Appointed by Mayor Hancock in September 2012.

Stood for retention in 2016.

EJF recommendation: Retain

86% of attorneys voted to Retain and only 5% voted Do Not Retain.

Claudia J. Jordan

 

Retired in September 2014

 

Appointed county court judge in 1994.

Stood for retention in 2000. 72% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2004. 72% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2008. 89% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2012.

EJF recommendation: Do Not Retain 32% while only 68% voted to Retain

This judge was observed in criminal proceedings being lenient with black defendants and hard on white defendants.

Kerri Lombardi

Courtroom 3H

(720) 337-0838

 

Appointed county court judge effective May 1, 2015 by Mayor Hancock. Formerly chief deputy DA in Denver working on domestic violence and crimes against children.

Chelsea Malone

Courtroom 100

(720) 865-7900

 

Appointed county court judge by Mayor Hancock in April 2016.

Clarisse Gonzales Mangnail

AKA Clarisse Gonzales

Courtroom 159

(720) 865-7285

 

Appointed county court judge in January 2007. Formerly magistrate in 18 th Judicial District.

Stood for retention in 2010. 97% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Retain

93% of attorneys voted to Retain with only 7% voting Do Not Retain

John M. Marcucci

Presiding Judge

(720) 865-7870

 

Appointed county court judge in Feb. 1990.

Stood for retention in 2000. 100% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2004. 95% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2008. 97% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2012.

EJF recommendation: Retain 92%

Stood for retention again in 2016.

EJF recommendation: Undetermined

Only two attorneys completed the judicial review commissions survey.

Melvin Okamoto

 

No longer on bench as of September 2012.

 

Appointed county judge in January 1999.

Stood for retention in 2002. 93% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2006. 88% Retain.

Aleene Ortiz-White

 

Stepped down from the bench January 1, 2013.

 

Appointed county court judge in May 1989.

Stood for retention in 2000. 85% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2004. 100% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2008. 84% Retain.

Robert Patterson

 

Retired in January 2005. Replaced by Andre Rudolph.

 

Appointed county judge in August 1985.

Stood for retention in 2000. Only a deplorable 45% of attorneys voted for retention.

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Ignored constitutional right of citizen to keep and bear arms. When Colorado legislature voided municipal ordinance he refused to reverse himself.

Nicole A Rodarte

Courtroom 3A

(720) 337-0475

 

Appointed by Mayor Hancock in September 2012.

Stood for retention in 2016.

EJF recommendation: Retain

90% of attorneys voted to Retain while only 8% voted Do Not Retain.

Andre L. Rudolph

Courtroom 4F

(720) 337-0871

 

Appointed by Mayor John Hickenlooper in September 2004.

Stood for retention in 2008. 94% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2012.

EJF recommendation: Do Not Retain 32% and only 68% Retain

Stood for retention again in 2016.

EJF recommendation: Undetermined

Only 4 attorneys completed the judicial review commissions survey and they were evenly split with two voting Retain and two voting Do Not Retain.

Raymond Satter

 

Retired June 30, 2014.

 

Appointed county court judge October 1987.

Stood for retention in 1998. 93% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2002. 86% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2006. 90% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2010. 93% Retain.

Professional and impartial. He was willing to address complaints regarding a magistrate (Cary) with fairness and impartiality.

Theresa Spahn

Courtroom 3F

(720) 337-0820

 

Appointed by county court judge by Mayor Hancock in September 2014.

Stood for retention in 2016.

EJF recommendation: Retain

100% of attorneys voted to Retain.

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District Court Magistrates

Palmer Boyette

Drug Court

(720) 337-0530

520 West Colfax

 

 

Elizabeth Demberg

 

No longer on bench as of February 2007.

Diane Dupree

 

No longer on bench as of September 2012.

Jeffrey English

 

No longer on bench as of September 2016.

David Furman

 

No longer on bench as of February 2007

Sandra Franklin

 

No longer on bench as of February 2007

Marla Garrett

Drug Court

(720) 337-0530

520 West Colfax

 

 

Karen Hubler

Courtroom 316

(720) 865-9066

 

 

Kathleen Marie Janski

Juvenile Court

 

No longer on bench as of February 2007

Elizabeth D. Leith

 

Transferred to probate court to replace Stewart in mid-2011.

Bernard W. Messer

Juvenile Court

 

No longer on bench as of February 2007

Melanie Names

 

No longer on bench as of September 2016.

Andre Lamont Rudolph

 

No longer on bench as of February 2007

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County and Drug Court Magistrates

Small Claims

Courtroom 104

(720) 865-7890

 

Small claims are handled by a part-time magistrate.

Melissa Annis Courtroom 105

(720) 865-7880

 

 

Kathleen Boland

 

No longer on bench as of March 2015

Palmer Boyette

Drug Court

(720) 337-0530

 

 

Alan Buchottz

 

No longer on bench as of March 2015

Catherine A. Cary

Courtroom 4C

 

Why is this woman still on the bench?

(720) 337-0863

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Refused to enter default judgment even after the defendant had failed to show for a second time. Her feelings transcended law.

Magistrate Cary's performance was so bad that the Colorado public defender's office filed three lawsuits against her stating that she determined defendants' bail in private chambers and failed to follow state laws requiring her to consider individual characteristics of each defendant. She then relied on an inaccurate interpretation of the Crime Victims' Rights Act to deny attorneys an opportunity to seek lower bail. Reported by the Denver Post, January 25, 2015, p. B1 & B8.

Elisabeth Fedde

 

No longer on bench as of March 2015

Marla Garrett

Drug Court

(720) 337-0530

 

 

Robert E. Gilbert

 

No longer on bench as of July 2009.

Publicly censured by Colorado Supreme Court for making advances to client and then refusing to withdraw from her case.

Denver Post, March 28, 2007, p. 3B

Rocky Mountain News, March 27, 2007

Karen Hubler

Courtroom 316

(720) 865-9066

 

 

Michael Lord-Blegen

Courtroom 320

(720) 865-9066

 

 

Albert L. Minton

 

No longer on bench as of February 2007.

Claire Fish Mootz

 

No longer on bench as of September 2016.

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Quashed valid service sua sponte because it was "Christmas time" and she didn't want defendant to lose by default. Her feelings transcended law.

Mollie Moul

 

No longer on bench as of March 2015.

Mark M. Muller

 

No longer on bench as of March 2015.

Howard L. Slavin

 

As of March 2015, he is no longer on the bench.

Magistrate Slavin's performance was so bad that the Colorado public defender's office filed three lawsuits against him stating that he determined defendants' bail in private chambers and failed to follow state laws requiring him to consider individual characteristics of each defendant. He then relied on an inaccurate interpretation of the Crime Victims' Rights Act to deny attorneys an opportunity to seek lower bail. Reported by the Denver Post, January 25, 2015, p. B1 & B8.

David Brett Woods

 

Moved to juvenile court in September 2007 after being appointed by Gov. Ritter.

James Zobel

Courtroom 4A

(720) 337-0845

 

 

Albert Zweig

Drug Court

(720) 337-0530

 

 

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