Ninth Judicial District - Rio Blanco County Court Judge
Honorable Laurie Noble
Retention Year: 2016
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 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 still holds both positions. Judge Noble received her Bachelor of Science in Journalism from West Virginia University in 1982 and her law degree from West Virginia University College of Law in 1989. Prior to her appointments, Judge Noble was an attorney in private practice. Her community activities include school activities and presentations and the Mock Trial program at the Colorado Law Enforcement Training Program in Rangely.
The Commission conducted a personal interview with Judge Noble, and members observed her in court. The results of surveys sent to attorneys and non-attorneys were reviewed. Also reviewed were her self-evaluation and three opinions by her which were clear, thorough and very well written. Survey results from attorneys recommended 100% retention. Comments rated Judge Noble highly in fairness, diligence, preparedness, demeanor, clarity and knowledge of the law. Of non-attorneys completing the survey 81% recommended retention, 12% recommended not to retain, and 6% made no recommendation. The combined retention recommendation percentage was 88%.
Judge Noble’s caseload is approximately 10% civil, 10% domestic relations, 25% criminal, 25% misdemeanor, 25% traffic and 5% small claims cases. The distance Judge Noble must travel between the two courts can be difficult, but she seems to handle it well. She is well-integrated into the communities she serves and is a well-respected member of the Ninth Judicial Bench.