Ninth Judicial District - Rio Blanco County Court Judge
Honorable Laurie Noble
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 Laurie Noble BE RETAINED.
Judge Noble received a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from West Virginia University in 1982. She received her law degree from West Virginia University College of Law in 1989. Judge Noble was appointed part-time Rio Blanco County Court Judge for Rangely in July of 1992 and part-time Rio Blanco County Court Judge for Meeker in 2005. She continues to hold both positions. Prior to her appointments to the bench, she was employed in private practice, focusing on insurance defense and appellate work. Her community activities include involvement with the Partners program, school activities and presentations, foster parenting, and charitable support organizations.
The Commission reviewed survey data from a cross-section of respondents: court staff, law enforcement employees, jurors, litigants, and lawyers. The Commission reviewed Judge Noble’s caseload data, her self-evaluation and three opinions written and issued by her. Some Commission members observed her in court. Lastly, the Commission conducted a personal interview. Of all attorneys surveyed about retention, 88% recommended to retain, 0% not to retain, and 13% made no recommendation. Of all non-attorneys surveyed, 92% recommended to retain, 0% not to retain, and 9% made no recommendation. (These percentages may not total 100% due to rounding.)
Attorneys and non-attorneys rated Judge Noble’s judicial performance above average. Both groups commented that she is fair, compassionate, kind, logical, knowledgeable, dedicated, courteous, approachable, conscientious, respectful, patient, intelligent, and maintains control of her court. Some in the survey criticized her for a slight bias for the prosecution. Members of the Commission found her written opinions carefully thought out, legally substantive, and clear. All agreed she is a valued and valuable representative of the judiciary.