Twenty-Second Judicial District — Dolores and Montezuma Counties

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Dolores County Courthouse

P.O. Box 511

409 North Main

Dove Creek, Colorado 81324-0511

Telephone: (970) 677-2258

Facsimile: (970) 677-4156

Montezuma District Court

109 West Main, Room 210

Cortez, CO 81321-3190

Telephone: (970) 565-1111

Facsimile: (970) 565-8516

 

Montezuma County Court

Justice Building

601 North Mildred Road

Cortez, Colorado 81321-2995

Telephone: (970) 565-7580

Facsimile: (970) 565-8798

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 37: Twenty-Second Judicial District Judges and Magistrates

Name of Judge

Telephone

Case Links

Comments

 

District Judge

Sharon L. Hansen

former chief judge

Montezuma County

 

Retired October 1, 2010.

 

Appointed district court August 31, 1995.

Formerly county court judge.

Stood for retention in 1998.

Stood for retention in 2004.

Todd J. Plewe

Division 2

(970) 565-1111

 

Promoted to district court judge in 2010.

Formerly county court judge.

Stood for retention in 2012.

EJF recommendation: Retain.

92% of attorneys voted to Retain with only 8% voting Do Not Retain.

Douglas S. Walker

Chief Judge

Division 1

(970) 565-1111

 

Appointed district court judge August 2007.

Previously magistrate

Stood for retention in 2010. 83% Retain.

Weak for a chief judge.

Stood for retention again in 2016.

EJF recommendation: Do Not Retain

Only a disgraceful 40% of attorneys voted to Retain while, incredibly, 50% voted Do Not Retain. There is obviously something wrong here.

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County Judges

E.Dale Boyd

Division A

Dolores County

(970) 677-2258

 

Appointed county court judge January 2005.

Stood for retention in 2008.

Stood for retention in 2012.

EJF recommendation: Retain 92%

Stood for retention again in 2016.

EJF recommendation: Marginal

75% of attorneys voted to Retain but a remarkable 25% voted Do Not Retain.

JenniLynn Lawrence

Montezuma County

Division A

(970) 565-7580

 

Appointed county court judge in November 2010.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Marginal

Just 76% of attorneys voted to Retain while a surprising 21% voted Do Not Retain.

Todd Plewe

Montezuma County

 

Promoted to district court judge in 2010.

 

Appointed county judge September 2002

Stood for retention in 2004. 89% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2008.

Susan W. Whicher

Dolores County

 

Voted out of office in November 2004 election.

 

Stood for retention in 2004: 100% of attorneys voted to Retain.

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Magistrates — Located in Montezuma District Courthouse

Jeremy S. Botkins

 

No longer on bench as of September 2016.

Sarah F. Law

Montezuma County

Division 3

(970) 565-7580

 

 

S. Leigh Meigs

 

No longer on bench as of September 2014.

Todd Jay Plewe

 

Promoted to county judge then to district court judge in 2010.

Shelley Rodriquez

 

No longer on bench as of September 2012.

Douglas S. Walker

 

Promoted to Montezuma District Judge

S.W. Whicher

 

No longer on bench as of July 2009

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