Sixth Judicial District - La Plata County Court Judge
Honorable Martha Tinsley Minot
Retention Year: 2006
The Sixth Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance unanimously recommends that Judge Martha Tinsley Minot BE RETAINED.
Judge Minot was appointed to the La Plata County Court for the Sixth Judicial District in March 1995. Prior to her appointment to the bench, Judge Minot was in private practice in Durango, Colorado specializing in domestic relations and served as part-time County Magistrate for La Plata County. Judge Minot received her undergraduate degree in 1979 from the University of Colorado (Cum Laude) and her law degree from the University of Colorado in 1983. Judge Minot presently hears 30% civil and 70% criminal cases.
The Commission reviewed court generated statistics, surveys from both attorneys and non-attorneys, and a written self-evaluation completed by Judge Minot. The Commission also held a public hearing and conducted personal interviews with Judge Minot.
Judge Minot received scores that were equal to or higher than all county and trial judges in the state in almost all categories, with 93% of attorneys and 83% of non-attorneys recommending retention. Her impressive scores are a result of her hard work and dedication to the position and to the people she serves. She handles a difficult, high volume docket with efficiency and competence while maintaining integrity and fairness in her decisions.
As part of her judicial duties, Judge Minot supervises or participates in differing programs, including Drug Court for felony level drug offenders, the Day Reporting Program for driving under the influence multiple offenders, the mediation referral program to the Braided River Peace Project and the Mothers Against Drunk Driving victim impact panel.
In addition to her busy judicial schedule, Judge Minot makes a concerted effort to be involved in her community through volunteer service. She volunteers several hours a month to serve on law-related community service programs, such as the Criminal Justice Coordination Committee, the Drug Court Advisory Committee, the Colorado Supreme Court’s Planning and Analysis Committee, and the Judicial Discipline Committee. She has donated her time to train members of the La Plata County Citizen’s Academy and to make presentations at Restorative Justice Conferences. Judge Minot also makes time to provide community service that is not law-related.
In summary, Judge Minot's commitment to her work as a judge and to the community she serves is both evident and exemplary.