Ninth Judicial District - Garfield County Court Judge
Honorable Paul H. Metzger
Retention Year: 2014
Recommendation: Meets Performance Standard
The Ninth Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance unanimously recommends by a vote of 10-0 that Judge Paul H. Metzger BE RETAINED.
Judge Metzger received a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1978. He received his law degree from Denver University College of Law in 1981. Judge Metzger was appointed as Garfield County Court Judge sitting in Glenwood Springs in 2002 and continues to hold this position. Prior to his appointment to the bench, he was a Deputy District Attorney for the 4th Judicial District in El Paso County. Judge Metzger then worked in private practice in Glenwood Springs. His community activities include working with Youth Zone, a local program working with troubled youth, and school activities such as Mock Trials. He has received an award from Youth Zone.
The commission reviewed survey data from a cross-section of respondents: court staff, law enforcement employees, jurors, litigants and lawyers. The Commission reviewed Judge Metzger’s caseload data, his self-evaluation and three opinions written and issued by him. Some Commission members observed him in court. The Commission members that observed Judge Metzger found his judicial demeanor outstanding. Lastly, the Commission conducted a personal interview. Of all attorneys surveyed about retention, 96% recommended to retain, 1% recommended not to retain, and 3% made no recommendation. Of all non-attorneys surveyed, 92% recommended to retain, 5% recommended not to retain, and 2% made no recommendation. (These percentages might not total 100% due to rounding.)
Attorneys and non-attorneys rated Judge Metzger’s judicial performance above average. Both groups commented that he listens, is fair, patient and calm, polite, considerate, respectful, professional, dedicated, reasonable, courteous and knowledgeable of the law. Some in the survey criticized him for a slight bias for the prosecution. Members of the Commission found his written opinions carefully thought out and clear. All agreed he is a valued and valuable representative of the judiciary.