Twelfth Judicial District — Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, Mineral, Rio Grande and Saguache Counties

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Alamosa Combined Court

4th and San Juan

Alamosa, Colorado 81101

Telephone: (719) 589-4996 — Main Number

Facsimile: (719) 589-2518

Conejos County Court

Main Street

P.O. Box 128

Conejos, Colorado 81129

Telephone: (719) 376-5465

Costilla County Court

P.O. Box 301

401 Church Place

San Luis, Colorado 81151

Telephone: (719) 672-3681

Facsimile: (719) 672-4493

Mineral County Court

North First Street

Creede, Colorado 81130

(719) 658-2575- Main Number

(719) 657-2636 - Fax

Rio Grande Combined Court

925 6th Street Room 204

Del Norte, Colorado 81132

Telephone: (719) 657-3395 — Main Number

Facsimile: (719) 657-2636

Saguache County Court

4th and Christy

Saguache, Colorado 81149

Telephone: (719) 655-2522 — Main Number

Facsimile: (719) 655-0109

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 27: Twelfth Judicial District Judges and Magistrates

Name of Judge

Telephone

Case Links

Comments

 

District Judges

Martin A. Gonzales

Rio Grande Combined Court

(719) 589-4996

 

Appointed district court judge August 2007.

Formerly a magistrate.

Stood for retention in 2010. 100% Retain.

Stood for retention again in 2016.

EJF recommendation: Retain

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

 

2011CV9

On 8/11/11 ruled, in favor of democracy, that Sec. of State Gessler is authorized to perform a hand count of the votes cast in controversial Nov. 2, 2010 Saguache County election.

Michael A. Gonzales

(719) 589-4996

 

Promoted from county to district judge by Gov. Hickenlooper in September 2011.

Stood for retention in 2010. 94% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Marginal

81% of attorneys voted to Retain and 7% voted Do Not Retain.

Patrick H. Hayes, Jr.

(719) 657-3394

 

Promoted district court judge by Gov. HIckenlooper in June 2015.

Appointed county court judge in 2011. Formerly a magistrate, deputy and chief deputy DA.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Retain 87%

O. John Kuenhold

former chief judge

 

Retired June 2011

 

Appointed district court judge in Feb. 1981.

Stood for retention in 2002. 97% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2008. 87% Retain.

Pattie P. Swift

Chief Judge

Alamosa County

 

Promoted October 2011 to Chief Judge

(719) 589-4996

 

Promoted to district judge from county judge in September 2002.

Stood for retention as county judge in 1992.

Stood for retention as county judge in 1996.

Stood for retention as county judge in 2000. 90% Retain.

Stood for retention as district judge in 2006. 90% Retain

Stood for retention in 2012.

EJF recommendation: Marginal

83% Retain 17% Do Not Retain

Stood for retention again in 2018.

EJF recommendation: Retain

A vast improvement with 100% of attorneys voting to Retain this time.

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County Judges

Ruth M. Acheson

Mineral County

(719) 658-2575

 

Appointed county court judge by Gov. Hickenlooper in August 2012. She replaced Frank Lentz.

Stood for retention in 2016.

EJF recommendation: Marginal

Only 80% of attorneys voted to Retain. Number voting Do Not Retain not given.

Gordon J. Bosa

Conejos County

 

No longer on bench

Susan Broyles

Conejos County

 

Did not stand for retention and stepped down in January 2017.

 

Appointed county court judge by Gov. Hickenlooper in October 2013. Replaced Judge Garcia.

Kimberly Cortez-Rodriguez

Conejos County

 

 

Appointed county court judge by Gov. Hickenlooper in September 2016. Prior to that she was the Self-Represented Litigant Coordinator for 12 th Judicial District.

Mary Elizabeth Garcia

Conejos County

 

No longer on bench as of September 2014.

 

Appointed county court judge September 2007.

Stood for retention in 2010. 80% Retain.

Michael A. Gonzales

Alamosa County

 

Promoted to district judge by Gov. Hickenlooper in September 2011.

 

Appointed county court judge in Sept. 2007.

Stood for retention in 2010. 94% Retain.

Patrick H. Hayes, Jr.

Rio Grande County

(719) 657-3394

Promoted to district court judge in June 2015.

 

Appointed county court judge in 2011. Formerly a magistrate, deputy and chief deputy DA.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Retain 87%

Frank Stannard Lentz

Mineral County

(719) 658-2575

Did not stand for retention in 2012.

 

Appointed county court judge in 2004 and robed January 11.2005.

Stood for retention in 2008. 100% Retain.

Amanda K. Pearson

Saguache County

 

Did not stand for retention and retired November 2016.

 

Appointed to bench March 1998

Stood for retention in 2000: 100% Retain

Stood for retention in 2004: Retain.

Stood for retention in 2008: Retain

Stood for retention in 2012.

EJF recommendation: 86% Retain

Pattie P. Swift

Costilla County

 

Promoted to district judge September 2002.

 

Appointed county court judge in 1989.

Stood for retention in 1992.

Stood for retention in 1996.

Stood for retention in 2000. 90% Retain.

Michael H. Trujillo

Rio Grande County

 

No longer on bench as of September 2012.

Anna Ulrich

Saguache County

 

Reported to lack knowledge of criminal law.

 

 

Appointed county court judge by Gov. Hickenlooper in November 2016. Previously she was in private practice.

Stood for retention in 2018.

EJF recommendation: Do Not Retain

Only a pathetic 67% of attorneys voted to Retain while a full 33% voted Do Not Retain.

Daniel A. Walzl

Alamosa County

(719) 589-4996

 

Appointed county court judge by Gov. Hickenlooper in November 2011. Prior to that he was a public defender.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Do Not Retain

69% Retain, 14% Do Not Retain

Stood for retention again in 2018.

EJF recommendation: Marginal

Some improvement as this time 80% of attorneys voted to Retain but still 13% are voting Do Not Retain.

Robert Wardell

Mineral County

 

No longer on bench as of February 2007.

Kimberly Lynn Wood

Costilla County

 

Domestic relations magistrate for district and acting district judge.

 

Her performance has greatly deteriorated since her first review in 2006.

(719) 589-4996

 

Appointed county court judge January 2003.

Stood for retention in 2006. 100% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2010. 88% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Do Not Retain

52% Retain, 24% Do Not Retain

Stood for retention again in 2018.

EJF recommendation: Sub-Marginal

Some improvement but still only 71% of attorneys voted to Retain and 18% are still voting Do Not Retain.

Barbara A. Zollars

Rio Grande County

 

Reported to lack patience for individuals appearing before her.

(719) 657-3394

 

Appointed county court judge by Gov. Hickenlooper in August 2015.

Stood for retention in 2018.

EJF recommendation: Retain

88% of attorneys voted to Retain and only 6% voted Do Not Retain.

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Magistrate

Patrick H. Hayes, Jr.

Rio Grande County

 

Promoted to county judge in 2011.

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