Seventeenth Judicial District - Broomfield County Court Judge
Honorable Amy Elizabeth Bockman
Retention Year: 2010
The Seventeenth Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance unanimously recommends that Judge Amy Elizabeth Bockman BE RETAINED.
Judge Bockman graduated in 1991 from the University of Colorado with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Communications. She obtained her Juris Doctor in 1995 from the University of Denver College of Law. Judge Bockman worked as a defense attorney with the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office from 1995 until 2004. In 2004, Judge Bockman was appointed by the Presiding Judge in Denver County to serve as a Magistrate in the Denver County Courts. In 2006, she was appointed to the bench as a County Court Judge by Governor Bill Owens. Judge Bockman’s case load presently consists of 80% criminal and 20% civil.
In addition to Judge Bockman’s service in the judiciary, she is also an active member of her community. She is a member of the Colorado Bar Association Criminal Law Executive Committee. She is currently the Judicial Representative for the Seventeenth Judicial District on the statewide Probation Advisory Committee. Judge Bockman is also an active presenter for the “Our Courts” program. Judge Bockman has served as a panelist for the “Area 10 Corrections Conference” and is an ongoing advisor and judge for numerous mock trial programs throughout the state.
Judge Bockman has created a unique and forward thinking sentencing protocol for DUI offenders in Broomfield County in an effort to prevent reoffending. This new system is for offenders that have multiple past offenses. By complying with all court orders, including abstinence from alcohol (or drugs), offenders are able to “earn” their way out of extended jail time.
The Commission reviewed written evaluations of Judge Bockman from both attorneys and non-attorneys responding to a professionally conducted survey. She received above average ratings from attorneys and average ratings from non-attorneys. Of all attorneys surveyed about retention, 73% recommended to retain, 20% not to retain and 6% expressed no opinion. Excluding those who had no opinion, 78% recommended to retain and 22% not to retain. Of all non-attorneys surveyed about retention, 88% recommended to retain, 5% not to retain and 6% expressed no opinion. Excluding those who had no opinion, 94% recommended to retain and 6% not to retain. (These percentages may not total 100% due to rounding.) Further, the Commission conducted in court visits and a personal interview with the judge and was impressed with her commitment to learn from the survey information and her dedication to maintain her high judicial standards. It is the Commission’s unanimous recommendation to retain Judge Amy Elizabeth Bockman.