Nineteenth Judicial District — Weld County

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Weld County Courthouse

P.O. Box 2038

901 9th Avenue

Greeley, Colorado 80632

Telephone: (970) 351-7300 — Main number

Facsimile: (970) 356-4356 — They do not accept fax filings in district court civil or domestic cases.

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


 

Problem solving courts

Adult treatment court
DUI court
Family courts

 
    Table 34: Nineteenth Judicial District Judges and Magistrates

Name of Judge

Telephone

Case Links

Comments

 

District Judges

Gilbert Gutierrez

 

Retired August 22, 2010.

 

Appointed county court judge in 1997.

Stood for retention in 2000. 100% Retain.

Appointed district court judge August 2002.

Stood for retention in 2006. 100% Retain.

James Hartmann, Jr.

Chief Judge

Division 1

(970) 475-2510

 

Appointed district judge August 26, 2002.

Formerly Chief Deputy District Attorney.

Stood for retention in 2006. 96% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2012.

EJF recommendation: 96% Retain

Stood for retention again in 2018.

EJF recommendation: Retain

Again attorneys voted 95% to Retain with only 2% voting Do Not Retain.

Troy Hause

Division 9

(970) 475-2590

 

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

Stood for retention in 2016.

EJF recommendation: Retain

92% of attorneys voted to Retain and only 4% voted Do Not Retain.

Julie Christine Hoskins

Division: 12

(970) 475-2620

 

Promoted to district court judge July 2007.

Stood for retention in 2010. 90% Retain.

Stood for retention again in 2016.

EJF recommendation: Retain

89% of attorneys voted to Retain and 8% voted Do Not Retain.

 

 

Promoted to county judge from magistrate July 25, 2005.

Timothy Kerns

Division 11

(970) 475-2610

 

Appointed district court judge by Gov. Hickenlooper in January 2011.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Marginal

Just 78% of attorneys voted to Retain while 10% voted Do Not Retain.

Roger A. Klein

 

Retired in June 2009. Died in January 2014.

00 JV 578

Ignored evidence of a Texas restraining order and, despite clear evidence, upheld unlawful jurisdiction over custody of a child who was a Texas resident.

Marcelo A. Kopcow

Division 5

(970) 475-2550

 

Appointed June 7, 2005.

Stood for retention in 2008: 100% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Marginal

His performance has greatly declined and a very marginal 75% of attorneys voted to Retain and 19% voted Do Not Retain.

Shannon Lyons

Division 16

(970) 475-2660

 

Appointed district court judge by Gov. Hickenlooper in September 2013.

Stood for retention in 2016.

EJF recommendation: Do Not Retain

A bare 66% of attorneys voted to Retain while, notably, 22% voted Do Not Retain.

Robert Lowenbach

 

No longer on bench. Rocky Mountain News gave him very low rating in Oct. 13, 2002, article. Only 50% of attorneys voted to Retain.

Daniel S. Maus

Division 4

 

Stepped down in October, 2013.

 

Appointed to the bench in July 2002.

Stood for retention in 2004.

Stood for retention in 2010. 96% Retain

Thomas J. Quammen

Division: 15

(970) 475-2650

 

Appointed to bench in July 2008.

Stood for retention in 2010. 86% Retain.

Stood for retention again in 2016.

EJF recommendation: Do Not Retain

Only 72% of attorneys voted to Retain while, notably. 22% voted Do Not Retain.

Elizabeth Strobel

Division: 3

(970) 475-2530

 

Appointed district judge June 30, 2009.

Formerly a Weld County magistrate.

Stood for retention in 2012.

EJF recommendation: Marginal

Only 85% of attorneys voted to Retain while 15% voted Do Not Retain.

Todd Taylor

Division: 4

(970) 475-2540

 

Appointed by Gov. Ritter July 2010.

Former assistant district attorney and then private practice since 2002.

Stood for retention in 2012.

EJF recommendation: 93% Retain.

Stood for retention again in 2018.

EJF recommendation: Retain

His ratings slipped this time with just 87% of attorneys voting to Retain while 13% voted Do Not Retain.

Dinsmore Tuttle

 

She served on the Standing Committee on Family Issues for many years. As a result it is little wonder our family courts are such disasters.

 

Stepped down in November 2013 for which citizens should give thanks!

 

Promoted to district judge by Gov. Ritter in 2009 for god only knows what reason.

Stood for retention in 2012.

EJF recommendation: Do Not Retain

Only 63% of attorneys voted to Retain, 37% Do Not Retain.

00 JV 578

She unlawfully assumed jurisdiction of a child who had only been in Colorado a few days and terminated parental rights after placing child in a foster home.

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County Judges

John Briggs

Division: 6

(970) 475-2560

 

Appointed county court judge in December 2010.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Marginal, 77% Retain, 15% Do Not Retain

Stood for retention again in 2018.

EJF recommendation: Retain

This time 88% of attorneys voted to Retain but still 12% voted Do Not Retain.

Gilbert Gutierrez

 

Promoted to district court judge August 2002.

 

Appointed county judge January 13, 1997.

Stood for retention in 2000. 100% Retain.

Carol M. Haller

 

No longer on bench as of February 2007.

Frank G. Henderson

 

Died of heart attack at age 50 on the bench July 23, 2007.

Julie Christine Hoskins

 

Promoted to district judge in July 2007.

Promoted from magistrate July 25, 2005

Lynn J. Karowsky

 

No longer on bench

Timothy G. Kerns

 

No longer on bench as of September 2012.

 

Stood for retention in 2010. 94% Retain.

Michele L. Meyer

Division: 8

(970) 475-2580

 

Appointed to bench September 2007.

Stood for retention in 2010. 96% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Marginal 76% Retain but only 7% Do Not Retain.

Stood for retention again in 2018.

EJF recommendation: Retain

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

Dana Nichols

Division: B

(970) 475-2460

 

Appointed county court judge in 2007.

Stood for retention in 2010. 73% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Do Not Retain 22%, Retain 62%

Stood for retention again in 2018.

EJF recommendation: Marginal

Some improvement with 82% of attorneys now voting to Retain but 18% still voted Do Not Retain.

Charles Unfug

Division 13

 

Has received compliments from both the district attorneys' office and from criminal defendants for the respect and patience that he shows in the courtroom.

(970) 475-2670

 

Appointed county court judge December 2002.

Formerly a magistrate 1998-2002.

Stood for retention in 2006. 86% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2010. 80% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: 16% Do Not Retain, 72% Retain

Stood for retention yet again in 2018.

EJF recommendation: Marginal

This time 78% of attorneys voted to Retain while 22% voted Do Not Retain

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Magistrates

Rachel Beard

 

No longer on bench as of September 2016.

Randall J. Davis

 

No longer on bench as of October 2018.

Debra Dodd

Division 2

(970) 475-2520

 

 

Mark Gonzales

 

No longer on bench as of October 2018.

Rebecca Koppes Conway

 

No longer on bench as of September 2014.

Julie C. Hoskins

 

Promoted to district judge in July 2007.

Promoted to county judge July 25, 2005.

Ryan Kamada

District 7

(970) 475-2570

 

 

Andrea Koppenhofer

 

No longer on bench as of September 2016.

Randall Lococo

Division C

(970) 475-2470

 

 

Meghan Saleebey

Division 14

(970) 475-2640

 

 

Elizabeth Strobel

 

Promoted to district judge June 30, 2009.

P. Dinsmore Tuttle

 

She served on the Standing Committee on Family Issues and it is little wonder our family courts are such disasters.

 

Stepped down in November 2013 for which citizens should give thanks!

 

Promoted to district judge by Gov. Ritter in 2009 for god only knows what reason.

Appointed magistrate in 1997.

00 JV 578

She unlawfully assumed jurisdiction of a child who had only been in Colorado a few days and terminated parental rights after placing child in a foster home.

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