Fourth Judicial District - District Court Judge
Honorable Barney Iuppa
Retention Year: 2010
The Fourth Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance, by a unanimous vote of 8-0, recommends that Judge Barney Iuppa BE RETAINED. Two Commissioners were absent.
Judge Iuppa graduated from the University of Denver Law School’s night program. Judge Iuppa’s community activities include serving on the board of directors and as past president of the Multiple Sclerosis Alliance of Southern Colorado. He just completed a term on the statewide Access to Justice Commission, and currently supports the high school Mock Trial and Teen Court programs. Judge Iuppa also coordinates the court AA program.
Judge Iuppa was appointed to the District Court bench on July 1, 2008. Prior to that appointment he had been a County Court Judge since 1995. Judge Iuppa had previously served as a Deputy Public Defender and as the elected District Attorney, and had a private practice in between some of those other positions. Judge Iuppa’s current docket is evenly split between criminal and family law.
The Commission considered survey data and comments, an interview of Judge Iuppa, courtroom observations, case management data and Judge Iuppa’s self-evaluation. Judge Iuppa’s rating among attorneys as being “completely neutral,” rather than biased in favor of either the prosecution or the defense was significantly higher than the statewide average for district court judges. His demeanor score on the attorney survey was significantly lower than the statewide average for all district court judges.
Of all attorneys surveyed about retention, 88% recommended to retain, 11% not to retain, and 3% expressed no opinion. Excluding those who had no opinion, 90% recommended to retain and 11% not to retain. Of all non-attorneys surveyed, 82% recommended to retain, 5% not to retain, and 13% expressed no opinion. Excluding those who had no opinion, 95% recommended to retain and 6% not to retain. (These percentages may not total 100% due to rounding.)