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Delgado, Katherine 2010 Evaluation


Seventeenth Judicial District - District Court Judge 

Honorable Katherine R. Delgado

Retention Year: 2010
Recommendation: Retain

The Seventeenth Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance unanimously recommends that Judge Katherine R. Delgado BE RETAINED.

Judge Delgado graduated from Colorado College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and History in 1979. She obtained her Juris Doctor degree in 1983 from the University of Denver College of Law and was licensed to practice law in 1984.

Before being appointed to the District Court bench in July 2002, Judge Delgado practiced corporate law and was a Chief Deputy District Attorney in the Boulder County District Attorney’s Office. Judge Delgado currently is assigned to the civil division.

The Commission conducted a personal interview with Judge Delgado and was impressed with her commitment to her professional development and desire to maintain her high judicial standards. Judge Delgado helped create a program designed to assist non-violent offenders with mental illnesses, and her courtroom was selected as a model with the National Council of Family and Juvenile Court Judges Model Court program. She also serves as the chair of the Advisory Committee to the Colorado Disparities Resource Center (CDRC), which is gathering data from all Colorado counties regarding disproportionality and disparate outcomes for families and children of color in the child welfare system. The Commission reviewed written evaluations of Judge Delgado from both attorneys and non-attorneys responding to a professionally conducted survey. She received above-average ratings from both attorney and non-attorneys. Attorneys were asked whether they perceived Judge Delgado as being neutral or biased in her rulings. Of those responding attorneys, 100% believed that Judge Delgado was completely neutral.

Of all attorneys surveyed about retention, 85% recommended to retain, 11% not to retain and 4% expressed no opinion. Excluding those who had no opinion, 89% recommended to retain and 12% not to retain. Of all non-attorneys surveyed about retention, 91% recommended to retain, 2% not to retain and 7% expressed no opinion. Excluding those who had no opinion, 98% recommended to retain and 2% not to retain. (These percentages may not total 100% due to rounding.) The underlying theme of non-attorneys providing written comments indicates that Judge Delgado is perceived as being fair, knowledgeable about the law, and compassionate. It is the Commission’s unanimous recommendation to retain Judge Katherine R. Delgado.