Fifth Judicial District — Clear Creek, Summit, Eagle and Lake Counties

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Clear Creek County District Court

405 Argentine Street

Georgetown CO 80444

(303) 679-4220

FAX: (303) 569-3274

Eagle County Justice Center

P.O. Box 597

885 Chambers Avenue

Eagle, Colorado 81631-0597

(970) 328-6373

FAX: (978) 328-6328

Lake County District Court

505 Harrison Avenue

Leadville CO 80461

Summit County Justice Center

P.O. Box 269

501 North Park Avenue

Breckenridge, Colorado 80424

(970) 453-2241

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 20: Fifth Judicial District Judges and Magistrates

Name of Judge

Telephone

Case Links

Comments

 

District Judges

Paul R. Dunkelman

(970) 328-8563

 

Appointed district court judge by Gov. Hickenlooper effective November 2013.

Stood for retention in 2016.

EJF recommendation: Retain

100% of attorneys voted to Retain.

Frederick W. Gannett

Eagle County

(970) 328-8553

 

Appointed district court judge in 2006.

Stood for retention in 2008. 89% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Marginal

80% of attorneys voted to Retain and 9% voted Do Not Retain

Russell Holton Granger

Clear Creek County

(970 328-8554

 

Promoted to district judge from county judge in 2006.

Stood for retention in 2008. Only 77% of attorneys voted to retain in his first review as a district court judge.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Marginal

While 80% of attorneys voted to Retain 18% voted Do Not Retain.

Richard Hart

Eagle County

 

No longer on bench as of February 2007.

David R. Lass

Summit County

 

No longer on bench as of July 2009

R. Thomas Moorhead

Former Chief Judge

Eagle County

 

Stepped down November 30, 2013.

 

Appointed district court judge in 2002.

Stood for retention in 2004. 90% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2010. 91% Retain.

D. Wayne Patton

 

A female EJF member reports he is biased and uninformed with regard to domestic violence cases.

(719) 293-8100

(303) 679-4220

 

Promoted to district court judge July 1, 2013, by Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia. Formerly Lake County court judge

Stood for retention in 2016.

EJF recommendation: Retain

100% of attorneys voted to Retain.

Karen A. Romeo

Summit County

(970) 547-2618

 

Appointed district court judge in 2008.

Former deputy DA in 5 th JD and Asst. DA in 1 st JD.

Stood for retention in 2010. 100% Retain.

Stood for retention again in 2016.

EJF recommendation: Retain

This time 90% of attorneys voted to Retain but 10% voted Do Not Retain.

W. Terry Ruckriegle

Summit County

Former chief judge.

 

Judge in false allegation of rape case against Kobe Bryant.

 

Retired in December 2010.

 

Appointed to district court in 1984.

Stood for retention in 1998. Retain 80%.

Stood for retention in 2004. Only a sad 77% of attorneys voted to retain with 23% voting Do Not Retain.

Mark D. Thompson

Chief Judge

Summit County

(970) 547-2614

 

Appointed district judge in December 2010. Replaced Judge Ruckriegle. No prior judicial experience.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Retain

96% of attorneys voted to Retain, only 2% voted Do Not Retain.

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County Judges

Edward Jude Casias

Summit County

 

His performance has improved over the years.

(970) 547-2615

 

Appointed county judge circa 2001.

Stood for retention in 2004. A sad 71% of attorneys recommended retention.

Stood for retention in 2008. 84% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2012.

EJF recommendation: Retain 92%

Stood for retention again in 2016.

EJF recommendation: Retain

94% of attorneys voted to Retain with 6% voting Do Not Retain.

Terri Diem

Eagle County

 

No longer on bench as of February 2007.

Russell Holton Granger

Clear Creek County

 

Promoted to District judge in 2006.

 

Appointed county court judge in 1998.

Stood for retention in 2000. 86% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2004. 100% Retain.

Rachel J. Olquin-Fresquez

Clear Creek County

 

also acts as magistrate in Eagle County

(303) 679-4220

 

Appointed county court judge in 2006.

Stood for retention in 2008.

Stood for retention in 2012.

EJF recommendation: Retain 91%

Stood for retention again in 2016.

EJF recommendation: Retain

94% of attorneys voted to Retain.

D. Wayne Patton

Lake County

 

A female EJF member reports he is biased and uninformed with regard to domestic violence cases.

 

Promoted to district court judge July 1, 2013.

 

Appointed county court judge January 2001.

Stood for retention in 2004. 95% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2008. 100% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2012.

EJF recommendation: Retain

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

Jonathan Shamis

Lake County

(719) 293-8100

 

Appointed county court judge by Lt. Gov. Garcia in July 2013.

Stood for retention in 2016.

EJF recommendation: Marginal

Only 85% of attorneys voted to Retain and 8% voted Do Not Retain

Katharine T. Sullivan

Eagle County

(970) 328-8550

 

Appointed county judge in September 2006.

Stood for retention in 2008. Only 76% of attorneys voted to retain.

Stood for retention in 2012.

EJF recommendation: Do Not Retain 22% and only 78% Retain

Stood for retention again in 2016.

EJF recommendation: Do Not Retain

Worse than previous, this time only 53% of attorneys voting to Retain, and 38% voting Do Not Retain.

 

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Magistrates

Robert E. Gilbert

Eagle County

 

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

Rachel J. Olguin-Frequez

Eagle County

(970) 328-6373

 

Also serves as county judge in Clear Creek County.

D. Wayne Patton

 

Promoted to district court judge July 1, 2013.

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