Meyer, Michele 2014 Evaluation


Nineteenth Judicial District - Weld County Court Judge

Honorable Michele Meyer

Retention Year: 2014
Recommendation: Retain

The Nineteenth Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance unanimously recommends by a vote of 10-0 that Judge Michele Meyer BE RETAINED.

Judge Meyer was appointed to the Weld County Court on September 19, 2007.  Judge Meyer obtained her law degree from the University of Denver and has an undergraduate degree from Colorado State University.  She was employed by the Weld County District Attorney’s Office from November 1999 until September 2007, ascending to the position of Chief Deputy District Attorney.  Judge Meyer is involved with the mentor program at the University of Northern Colorado and spends considerable time with the Weld/Larimer County High School Mock Trial Competition.  Judge Meyer attends legal education (CLE) classes outside of the annual judicial conference she attends.  She is involved in the “Judicially Speaking” program which helps educate high school students about the legal process.

The Commission conducted a personal interview with Judge Meyer, reviewed opinions she authored, observed her in court, and reviewed surveys completed by attorneys and non-attorneys.  Among the survey questions was “how strongly do you recommend that Judge Meyer be retained or not retained?”  Of the attorneys responding to the survey, 76% recommended to retain, 7% recommended not to retain, and 17% made no recommendation.  Of the non-attorneys responding to the survey, 90% recommended to retain, 4% recommended not to retain, and 6% made no recommendation.

Judge Meyer’s docket includes a mix of misdemeanor, traffic offenses and civil cases.  Based upon overall combined survey results, Judge Meyer scored above the average for all County Court Judges standing for retention.  Based upon the survey results of attorneys, Judge Meyer received an average grade for all County Court Judges standing for retention.  Of the non-attorney surveys, Judge Meyer received an overall grade above the average grade for all County Court Judges standing for retention.  Among the attorneys, Judge Meyer scored the highest in the areas of case management and her lowest area evaluated was demeanor.  Among non-attorneys, Judge Meyer scored highest in the areas of communication, demeanor and fairness.  She scored higher than the average for all judges standing for retention in all survey areas; to include demeanor, fairness, communication, diligence and application of law.  The members of the Commission spoke highly of Judge Meyer’s comprehensive abilities as a judicial officer.  She appropriately describes herself as “fair, reasonable and efficient.”