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Archuleta, David 2014 Evaluation


Twentieth Judicial District - Boulder County Court Judge

Honorable David Archuleta

Retention Year: 2014
Recommendation: Retain


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The Twentieth Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance unanimously recommends that Judge David Archuleta BE RETAINED.

Judge Archuleta was appointed to the Boulder County Court in June 1999. Prior to his appointment, Judge Archuleta served as a Deputy District Attorney for the Twentieth Judicial District from 1990 to 1999.  He also worked for a short time in private practice. Judge Archuleta received his law degree from the University of Colorado in 1989. Judge Archuleta volunteers to teach ethics and case management at the state level every year, including presentations to the new judges and magistrates during New Judge Orientation.  Additionally, Judge Archuleta has participated in the Colorado Institute for Excellence in Judicial Education and will be a member of the faculty for the event this year.  In recent years, Judge Archuleta has taken a particular interest in procedural fairness as it relates to judicial officers and has presented on this topic several times on the local and state level.  He is the past president of the Colorado Trial Judges’ Council and the Colorado County Judges’ Association.
Judge Archuleta’s caseload involves misdemeanor and traffic offenses, civil matters, and preliminary felony matters.  The Commission considered Judge Archuleta’s self-evaluation, his interview with the Commission, and observed him in his courtroom.  The Commission also considered survey results of Judge Archuleta from attorneys and non-attorneys who have been in his courtroom, including written comments provided during those surveys. The survey results compared Judge Archuleta to all county court judges standing for retention in 2014.  Of the seventeen categories in the survey, Judge Archuleta was rated above average by attorneys in every category.  Of the non-attorneys surveyed, Judge Archuleta was rated above average in fifteen of the nineteen categories.  Regarding retention, Judge Archuleta’s survey results also rated him above average.  Of the attorneys surveyed, 89% support retention, 8% recommend not to retain, and 4% made no recommendation. Of the non-attorneys surveyed, 87% support retention, 9% recommend not to retain, and 5% made no recommendation. (These percentages may not add up to 100% due to rounding.)

Judge Archuleta received unanimous support from the Commission in his last two evaluations.  The Commission believes he continues to improve as a judge, and with fifteen years of experience on the county court bench, is now using that experience to educate and train other judicial officers.  As the senior county court judge in the Twentieth Judicial District, the Commission continues to be impressed by Judge Archuleta’s judicial temperament, consistency, communication, knowledge of the law, diligence, and efficiency.