Ninth Judicial District — Garfield, Pitkin, and Rio Blanco Counties

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Garfield County Courthouse

109 - 8th Street, Suite 104

Glenwood Springs, Colorado 81601

Garfield County Associate Court

Garfield County Courthouse - Rifle Location

200 East 18th Street

Rifle, CO 8l650

Rio Blanco County Courthouse

555 Main Street

P.O. Box 1150

Meeker, CO 8l641 [sic]

Rio Blanco County Associate Court

City/County Municipal Building

209 East Main

Rangely, CO 8l648

Pitkin County Courthouse

506 East Main, Suite E

Aspen, Colorado 81611

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: in 2012 the standard was that only 80-85% of attorneys voted to retain. In 2014 review this was broadened to 75-85% and in 2018 the standard was expanded again to 71-85% of attorneys voted to retain;

Do Not Retain: In 2012 the standard was less than 80% of attorneys voted to retain. In 2014 review this was changed to <75% of attorneys voted to retain and in 2018 this was lowered even further to less than or equal <=70% suggesting judicial standards continue to decline.


 
    Table 24: Ninth Judicial District Judges and Magistrates

Name of Judge

Telephone

Case

Links

Comments

 

District Judges

James Berkley Boyd

Chief Judge

Pitkin County-Aspen

(970) 928-3065

 

Appointed district court judge January 2003.

Stood for retention in 2006. 97% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2012.

EJF recommendation: 94% Retain

Stood for retention again in 2018.

EJF recommendation: Marginal

This time only 84% of attorneys voted to Retain and 90% voted Do Not Retain.

T. Peter Craven

Garfield County

 

Died in 2006.

Denise Lynch

Garfield County-Glenwood

(970) 928-3065

 

Appointed district court judge in 2006.

Replaced T. Peter Craven

Stood for retention in 2008. 96% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Marginal

This time only 79% of attorneys voted to Retain while 14% voted Do Not Retain.

Gail Nichols

Garfield County-Glenwood

 

Stepped down from bench October 31, 2015.

 

Appointed district court judge in 2008.

Stood for retention in 2010. 100% Retain.

John Neiley

Garfield, Pitkin, & Rio Grande counties

(970) 928-3065

 

Appointed district court judge July 1, 2013, by Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia. Formerly in private practice (civil litigation).

Stood for retention in 2016.

EJF recommendation: Retain

100% of attorneys vote to Retain. Apparently he made a good transition from private practice to the bench.

Anne K. Norrdin

(970) 928-3095

 

Appointed district judge by Gov. Hickenlooper in October 2016. Previously deputy district attorney in 9 th Judicial District.

Stood for retention in 2018.

EJF recommendation: Marginal

83% of attorneys voted to Retain and 6% voted Do Not Retain.

Thomas W. Ossola

Garfield County

 

No longer on bench as of February 2007

Daniel B. Petre

Garfield County-Glenwood

 

Retired in October 2016. He won't be missed.

 

Appointed district court judge November 2004. Promoted from magistrate.

Stood for retention in 2006. 94% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2012.

EJF recommendation: 34% Do Not Retain & only 66% Retain

2012DR96

Biased against men. Slow and consistently late for proceedings. Frequently cancels/reschedules hearings.

Christopher G. Seldin

(970) 925-7635

 

Appointed district court judge by Gov. Hickenlooper in November 2015. Previously assistant Pitkin County attorney.

Stood for retention in 2018.

EJF recommendation: Retain

Judge Seldin has made a successful transition to the bench and 100% of attorneys voted to Retain him.

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County Judges

Stephen L. Carter (Atty)

Garfield County - Rifle

 

No longer on bench as of February 2007

Erin Fernandez-Ely

Pitkin County-Aspen

(970) 925-7635

 

Appointed county court judge January 2000.

Stood for retention in 2002. Only 76% of attorneys voted to retain.

Stood for retention in 2006. 92% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2010. 86% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: 91% Retain

Stood for retention again in 2018.

EJF recommendation: Retain

100% of attorneys voted to Retain. Given her lack of respect for the Constitution the EJF is much less enthusiastic about her performance and ability.

 

July 2006

Imposed bail of $1 million for misdemeanor charges involving harassment, menacing, and violating a restraining order without regard to the Eighth Amendment.

Jason D. Jovanovich

Garfield County

 

No longer on bench as of September 2012.

Paul Metzger

Garfield County-Glenwood

(970) 928-3065

 

Appointed county court judge in August 2002.

Stood for retention in 2006. 100% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2010. 98% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: 96% Retain

Stood for retention again in 2018.

EJF recommendation: Retain

Once again attorneys gave Judge Metzger their approval with 100% voting to Retain.

Laurie A. Noble

Rio Blanco County

 

Has two appointments as part-time county judge in Rangely and Meeker and stands for retention separately for each.

(970) 878-5622 or

(970) 675-2342

 

Appointed county court judge in 1992.

Stood for retention in 1998. 100% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2002. 80% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2006. 100% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2008. 65% rating.

Stood for retention in 2010. 89% retain.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Retain 88%

Stood for retention yet again in 2016.

EJF recommendation: Retain 100%

Stood for retention in Rio Blanco County again in 2018.

EJF recommendation: 100% Retain

Jonathan B. Pototsky

Garfield County - Rifle

(970) 625-5100

 

Appointed county court judge in December 2010.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: 94% Retain

Stood for retention again in 2018.

EJF recommendation: Retain

Attorneys were unanimous and gave Judge Pototsky a vote of 100% Retain.

Gerard C. Viscardi

Rio Blanco County

 

No longer on bench as of July 2009

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Magistrates

Ruben M. Hernandez

Glen Wood Springs

 

No longer on bench as of September 2012.

Lain Leoniak

Garfield County

 

Appointed in 2007.

No longer on bench as of September 2012.

January

2008

An 11-year-old boy bumped his head playing and Leoniak insanely launched a full-scale SWAT team attack on the family.

Daniel B. Petre

Garfield County

 

Promoted to district judge in November 2004.

Susan Ryan

Water Referee

(970) 928-3062

 

 

Holly Strablizky

 

 

No longer on bench as of October 2018.

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