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Lombardi, Kerri 2022 Evaluation



Second Judicial District - Denver County Court Judge

Honorable Kerri Lombardi

Retention Year: 2022
Recommendation: Meets Performance Standard

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2022 Retention Survey Report

2021 Interim Survey Report


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The Second Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance agrees by a vote of 9-0, with one Commissioner absent from voting, that Judge Kerri Lombardi MEETS PERFORMANCE STANDARDS.

Judge Lombardi presides over civil protection order court and has previously presided over   traffic court, general sessions, and a criminal division. Judge Lombardi meets all aspects of the judicial performance criteria. Judge Lombardi’s strengths, as described in survey results, include her fairness and her willingness to listen to all parties. Her courtroom demeanor is balanced and she demonstrates good courtroom control. The Commission commends Judge Lombardi on her willingness to seek mentoring and feedback on her performance. The Commission did not  identify any evaluation category in which Judge Lombardi displayed a notable weakness.


The Commission met with the Presiding Judge of Denver County Court, as well as with members of the Public Defender’s Office and Probation Department, to discuss their impressions of Judge Lombardi’s performance. The Commission conducted a personal interview with Judge Lombardi, observed her during court proceedings and reviewed decisions she authored, case management data, comments received from interested parties, and judicial performance survey responses from attorneys and non-attorneys that self-reported they had sufficient interaction with Judge Lombardi in the courtroom to meaningfully respond. The surveys reflected personal opinions on Judge Lombardi’s Case Management, Application and Knowledge of the Law, Communications, Diligence, Demeanor, and Fairness. Of the 17 attorneys and 43 non-attorneys who completed the survey and reported they had sufficient knowledge of Judge Lombardi’s performance to evaluate her, 71% of the attorneys and 97% of the non-attorneys believe that she meets performance standards. Judge Lombardi’s combined (attorney and non-attorney) survey scores are above or significantly above the statewide average for county court judges in all categories. Judge Lombardi received nearly all positive comments submitted by attorneys and non-attorneys who interacted with her. As a result of procedural irregularities in the distribution of these surveys, the response rates for the 2022 survey were not as robust as compared to prior evaluation cycles. While the Commission used these survey results in its evaluation, limited weight was given to these survey results and the results were used in conjunction with several other tools to evaluate her performance. All data reviewed by the Commission supports the recommendation that Judge Lombardi be retained.

Mayor Hancock appointed Judge Lombardi, a Denver native, to the Court in May 2015. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado-Boulder and her law degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. Prior to her appointment, she worked in the Denver District Attorney’s Office for 20 years as a Deputy, Senior Deputy and then Chief Deputy District Attorney. Judge Lombardi has been involved in Judicial Outsight Group activities, serving meals at homeless shelters, and preparing gift baskets for veterans with Catholic Charities. Judge Lombardi also chairs the Human Resources Committee of the Denver County Court and serves on a number of other committees of the Court.


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