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Hartmann, James 2006 Evaluation


Nineteenth Judicial District - District Court Judge

Honorable James F. Hartmann

Retention Year: 2006
Recommendation: Retain

The Nineteenth Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance unanimously recommends that District Court Judge James F. Hartmann BE RETAINED.

Judge Hartmann was appointed to the Weld County District Court bench on August 26, 2002. Prior to his appointment, Judge Hartmann was a deputy district attorney for the Weld County District Attorney’s Office for twelve years, with the last three years serving as Chief Deputy District Attorney. Judge Hartmann received his law degree from the University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho in 1989 and his undergraduate degree from the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Colorado in 1986. He currently presides over felony criminal cases, juvenile appeals and extradition matters. Prior to his current judicial assignment, he did preside over domestic relations and dependency and neglect matters.

The Commission reviewed written evaluations of Judge Hartmann from attorneys and non-attorneys which included comments attached to the evaluation questionnaires. The Commission also considered a self-evaluation prepared by Judge Hartmann and conducted a personal interview with Judge Hartmann. The Commission was extremely impressed by Judge Hartmann’s responses and insight into his role as a judicial officer during the interview.

Judge Hartmann approaches each case individually and works toward maintaining a fair and unbiased courtroom. He has a great respect for the law and feels one of his primary responsibilities is to promote public confidence in the judicial system. He further expects all attorneys and parties to conduct themselves in a professional, civilized manner in his courtroom. Professional commitments include participation in a variety of community and legal committees to include victim’s rights boards, community corrections board, domestic violence coalition, and judging high school mock trial tournaments.

Judge Hartmann received high marks in almost every category, especially in areas regarding his prompt rulings, communication skills, application and knowledge of the law
and treating all parties fairly and courteously. Of the respondents to the questionnaire, 96% of attorneys recommended retention with 85% “strongly” supporting retention and 98% of non-attorneys recommended retention with 94% “strongly” supporting retention.