Fourth Judicial District - District Court Judge
Honorable Robin Lynn Chittum
Retention Year: 2022
Recommendation: Meets Performance Standard
The Fourth Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance voted 7-0 with 3 absent that Judge Robin Lynn Chittum MEETS PERFORMANCE STANDARDS. The Colorado statutory judicial performance standards are integrity, legal knowledge, communication skills, judicial temperament, administrative performance, and service to the legal profession and the public.
Judge Chittum’s docket includes 50% Juvenile and 50% Criminal. Judge Chittum maintains an excellent judicial demeanor. She is described as intelligent, efficient, professional, respectful, diligent, prepared, knowledgeable, and fair. Her written opinions are clear and well written. Judge Chittum demonstrates care and empathy with persons in her courtroom. Judge Chittum is an extremely hard worker. Her integrity is impeccable. The Commission believes Judge Chittum is a true asset to the community. Judge Chittum’s overall combined performance score on the 2022 Judicial Performance Survey was 3.7 out of 4.0, which was higher than the average score of 3.4 for all District Court Judges. 95% of attorneys and 96% of non-attorneys believe that Judge Chittum meets judicial performance standards. Judge Chittum received outstanding marks in the survey such as 3.9 for communication, 3.7 for demeanor, 3.7 for diligence, 3.5 for fairness, and 3.6 for application and knowledge of law. The Commission observed Judge Chittum in court and found her to be thoroughly professional, courteous, highly competent, and efficient while handling a busy docket.
In evaluating the performance of Judge Chittum, the Commission considered the results of her 2022 Judicial Performance Survey, which was compiled based on 51 completed surveys (22 attorneys and 29 non-attorneys). The Commission interviewed the chief judge, a representative of the District Attorney’s Office and the lead Public Defender about Judge Chittum. Numerous members of the Commission observed Judge Chittum in court, and the Commission interviewed Judge Chittum. The Commission also considered Judge Chittum’s self-evaluation and written opinions.
Judge Chittum was appointed to the District Court in February 2013. Judge Chittum grew up in the Midwest and attended Michigan State University as an undergraduate. She came to Colorado in 1993 for law school at the University of Denver. She began her legal career as a trial court law clerk in Jefferson County. She then served as a Deputy District Attorney in El Paso County for 11 years. Judge Chittum took the bench in 2008 as a Magistrate and became a District Court Judge in 2013. She handles criminal and child welfare cases, and she actively works to improve the child welfare system.