Nineteenth Judicial District - Weld County Court Judge
Honorable Michele Meyer
Retention Year: 2010
The Nineteenth Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance recommends by a unanimous vote of 10 to 0 that Judge Michele Meyer BE RETAINED.
Judge Meyer graduated from Colorado State University and from the University of Denver Law School. Her community interests include volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club in Greeley a few times each month. In addition she has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity in Weld County and New Orleans. She also serves in the local mock trial competitions in Weld/Larimer Counties as a coach, scorer and judge.
Judge Meyer was appointed to the Weld County Court in September, 2007. She is the Presiding County Court Judge. Before her appointment to County Court, Judge Meyer was a Chief Deputy District Attorney with the Weld County District Attorney’s Office. Judge Meyer joined Weld County District Attorney’s Office in November of 1999.
In coming to their recommendation, the Commission relied on courtroom observations and a personal interview with Judge Meyer, a self-evaluation that she completed, and the results of questionnaires completed by both attorney and non-attorney who have appeared in her courtroom. Attorneys who responded to survey questions rated Judge Meyer above average in all areas which included: (1) case management, (2) application and knowledge of law, (3) communications, (4) demeanor, and (5) diligence. Attorneys commented that Judge Meyer is a courteous professional who is patient and willing to listen to both sides, very calm and accessible; accomplishes weighty matters with a gentle touch as well as being thorough, efficient and concerned about efficiently improving the timeline and process. Non-attorneys who responded to survey questions rated Judge Meyer above average in all areas which included: (1) demeanor, (2) fairness, (3) communications, (4) diligence, and (5) application and knowledge of law. Non-attorneys commented that Judge Meyer is respectful, knowledgeable, polite, punctual, fair, professional and compassionate. The Commission also reviewed written decisions by Judge Meyer. Her decisions were clearly written, appeared to be well-reasoned and consistent with precedent and laws. Weaknesses: Judge Meyer has identified a couple areas to work on for improvement: setting reasonable schedules for cases and determining the appropriate length of testimony.
Of all attorneys surveyed about retention, 93% recommended to retain, 3% not to retain, and 3% expressed no opinion. Excluding those who had no opinion, 96% recommended to retain and 4% not to retain. Of all non-attorneys surveyed, 87% recommended to retain, 5% not to retain, and 8% expressed no opinion. Excluding those who had no opinion, 95% recommended to retain and 5% not to retain. (These percentages may not total 100% due to rounding.)