Seventh Judicial District — Delta, Gunnison, Hillsdale, Montrose, Ouray and San Miguel Counties

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Delta County Combined Court

501 Palmer, Room. 338

Delta, Colorado 81416

Telephone: (970) 874-6280

Facsimile: (970) 874-4306

Gunnison County Courthouse

200 East Virginia Ave.

Gunnison, Colorado 81230

Gunnison Combined Court

Telephone: (970) 641-3500

Facsimile: (970) 641-6876

Hinsdale County Court

317 Henson

P.O. Box 245

Lake City, Colorado 81235

Telephone: (970) 944-2227

Facsimile: (970) 944-2289

Montrose County Justice Center

1200 N. Grand Ave., Bin A

Montrose, Colorado 81401

Montrose Combined Court

Telephone: (970) 252-4300

Facsimile: (970) 252-4309

Montrose Associate Court

300 Main Street

P.O. Box 78

Nucla, Colorado 81424

(970) 864-7373 — Main Number

(970) 864-7829 - Fax

Ouray County Court

541 South 4th Street

P.O. Box 643

Ouray, Colorado 81427

Telephone: (970) 325-4405

Facsimile: (970) 325-7364

San Miguel County Court

305 West Colorado

P.O. Box 919

Telluride, Colorado 81435

Telephone: (970) 728-3891

Facsimile: (970) 728-6216

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 22: Seventh Judicial District Judges and Magistrates

Name of Judge

Telephone

Case Links

Comments

 

District Judges

Mary Deganhart

Division 5

(970) 252-4330

 

Appointed by Gov. Hickenlooper in May 2011.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Retain

While 86% of attorneys voted to Retain 15% voted Do Not Retain

Dennis Friedrich

Montrose County

 

No longer on bench as of December 2007.

Charles R. Greenacre

 

Did not stand for retention in 2014.and retired from bench in January 2015.

 

Appointed district court judge in May 2000.

Formerly Montrose county court judge.

Stood for retention in 2002. 95% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2008. 86% Retain.

Jeff B. Herron

Montrose County

Division 3

(970) 252-4353

Stepped down from the bench March 1, 2016.

 

Appointed district court judge in Feb. 2007.

Replaced Dennis P. Fredrich

Stood for retention in 2010. 91% Retain.

J. Steven Patrick

Chief Judge

Gunnison County

Division: 2 and Water

(970) 642-8300

 

Appointed district court judge in July 1993.

Formerly Gunnison county court judge.

Stood for retention in 2002. 91% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2008. 88% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Retain

88% of attorneys voted to Retain and only 8% voted Do Not Retain.

James W. Schum

 

Did not stand for retention in 2014 and stepped down from bench in January 2015.

 

Promoted from magistrate June 1, 2005.

Stood for retention in 2008. A pathetic 74% of attorneys voted to retain.

David S. Westfall

Division:4

(970) 252-4354

 

Appointed district court judge in September 2014 by Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia. Previously

county court judge since January 2000.

Stood for retention in 2002. 88% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2006. 100% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2010. 82+% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Retain

A full 95% of attorneys voted to Retain and none voted against him.

Keri A. Yoder

Division: 3

(970) 252-4353

 

Appointed district court judge by Gov. Hickenlooper in February 2016.

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County Judges

Diana Barber

 

No longer on bench as of September 2012.

Ben F. Eden

Gunnison County

Division: B

(970) 642-8300

 

Appointed county court judge in April 1997.

Stood for retention in 2000. 89% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2004. 95% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2008. 80% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2012.

EJF recommendation: 91% Retain

Scott T. Erickson

 

Passed away at age 53 on July 22, 2015, from cancer.

 

Appointed county court judge by Gov. Hickenlooper in July 2012.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Retain 89%

Charles R. Greenacre

 

 

Appointed district court judge in May 2000.

Appointed county judge in November 1994.

Stood for retention in 1998. 97% Retain.

Julie J. Huffman

Montrose County

Division: E

(970) 864-7373

 

Appointed county court judge by Gov. Hickenlooper in June 2012. No prior judicial experience.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Do Not Retain

Only a pitiful 50% of attorneys voted to Retain while 50% voted Do Not Retain!

Cory Jackson

Ouray County

Division F

(970) 325-4405

 

Appointed county court judge by Gov. Hickenlooper in December 2014.

Alvin K. Lutz

Hinsdale County

Division: C

(970) 944-2227

 

Appointed county court judge in September 2005.

Stood for retention in 2008. 100% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2012.

EJF recommendation: Retain 100%

Stood for retention again in 2016.

EJF recommendation: Retain

Consistently receives a unanimous, 100% vote of Retain from attorneys.

Sandra K. Miller

Delta County

Division: A

(970) 874-6280

 

Appointed county court judge April 2001.

Stood for retention in 2004. 96% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2008. 97% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2012.

EJF recommendation: 95% Retain

Stood for retention again in 2016.

EJF recommendation: Retain

96% of attorneys voted to Retain.

John J. Mitchel

Montrose County

 

No longer on bench as of 2011.

Bennet A. Morris

Montrose County

Division D

(970) 252-4300

 

Appointed county judge by Gov. Hickenlooper in August 2012.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Do Not Retain

Only a pathetic 62% of attorneys voted to Retain while 19% voted Do Not Retain.

Bette R. Nickell

Montrose Assoc. Court

 

No longer on bench as of February 2007.

Sharon E. Shuteran

San Miguel County

 

No longer on bench as of September 2012.

 

Appointed county court judge September 1984.

Stood for retention in 1998. 66% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2002. Not rated.

Stood for retention in 2006. 67% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2010. 88% Retain.

Larry Vickers

Hinsdale County

 

No longer on bench as of February 2007.

David S. Westfall

Ouray County

Division: F

 

Promoted to district court judge in September 2014.

 

Appointed county court judge in January 2000.

Stood for retention in 2002. 88% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2006. 100% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2010. 82+% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Retain 95%

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Magistrate

Jeff B. Herron

Montrose County

 

No longer on bench as of July 2009

Thomas L. Ingram

Montrose County

 

No longer on bench as of September 2012.

Kevin L. Sullivan

Montrose County

(970) 252-4300

Division MD1

 

 

William T. McNulty

Visiting magistrate from 21 st Judicial District in 2010.

 

 

Denied restraining order to District Attorney Myrl Serra's mistress in September 2010 claiming unwanted sexual advances did not constitute a threat.

DA Myrl Serra was arrested October 1, 2010, and later convicted after multiple complaints from women about his sexual advances, assaults, and official conduct.

James W. Schum

Delta County

 

 

Promoted to district judge June 1, 2005.

Jane E. Westbrook

Visiting magistrate from 21 st Judicial District in 2008.

 

No longer on bench as of September 2014.

 

Denied restraining order to District Attorney Myrl Serra's mistress in 2008 claiming no threat of physical harm.

DA Myrl Serra was arrested October 1, 2010, and later convicted after multiple complaints from women about his sexual advances, assaults, and official conduct.

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