Fourteenth Judicial District - Moffat County Court Judge
Honorable Brittany Schneider
Retention Year: 2022
Recommendation: Meets Performance Standard
The Fourteenth Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance unanimously agrees by a vote of 7-0 that Judge Brittany Schneider 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 Schneider presides over Moffat County Court matters within the 14th Judicial District and serves as a weekend Bond Hearing Officer. Judge Schneider participates as a BHO Judge in the statewide weekend bond program, which ensures that a person arrested in Colorado will see a judge within 48 hours. Judge Schneider’s demeanor is described as being fair, kind, patient, and courteous. She had to embrace the virtual courtroom throughout the COVID-19 pandemic as she was appointed as a Moffat County Court Judge in 2020. Judge Schneider’s written decisions are well researched, clear and concise. Judge Schneider is very knowledgeable and respectful. Commission members observed these qualities during their evaluations and interviews. Based on these findings, the Commission unanimously agreed that Judge Brittany A. Schneider meets performance standards.
The Commission conducted a personal interview with Judge Schneider, reviewed opinions and motions written by her, observed her in court, reviewed a self-evaluation prepared by Judge Schneider, and reviewed survey responses from both attorneys and non-attorneys who had interaction in Judge Schneider’s court. Judge Schneider’s survey results, which may be skewed by the low number of responses, showed that Judge Schneider received higher ratings than the average for Judges within the district overall among both attorneys and non-attorneys in every category surveyed. 100% of attorneys responding felt Judge Schneider met performance standards, as well as 83% of non-attorneys responding. Among the responses received, Judge Schneider was highly praised for her work in the courtroom. Participants appreciated the professional manner and control that Judge Schneider has in her courtroom as well as her knowledge and demeanor. Based on the observations, the commission feels that Judge Schneider is an asset to the 14th Judicial District and appreciates her commitment.
Judge Brittany A. Schneider was appointed to Moffat County Court in 2020. Prior to her appointment to County Court Judge, she practiced law in Colorado and Wyoming for eight years with a focus on civil litigation, family law, dependency and neglect, and criminal law. In 2018, Judge Schneider accepted a position as a Deputy District Attorney for the 14th Judicial District in Moffat County, where she worked until her appointment as Moffat County Court Judge. Judge Schneider earned her undergraduate degree from University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Oregon School of Law. While she was living in Wyoming, she also served as an adjunct instructor for Eastern Wyoming College teaching courses in criminal law and procedure.