Eighteenth Judicial District - Elbert County Court Judge
Honorable Palmer L. Boyette
Retention Year: 2022
Recommendation: Meets Performance Standard
The Eighteenth Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance finds, by a vote of 7-0 (with three commissioners not participating), Judge Palmer L. Boyette 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.
Fairness, efficiency, communication skills, and judicial temperament are strong areas for Judge Boyette. Judge Boyette handles a diverse docket in Elbert County (criminal, civil, misdemeanor, traffic, and small claims cases).
On April 28, 2022, the Judicial Performance Review Commission met with members of the District Attorney’s office, Public Defender’s Office, Probation Office, and the Chief Judge for feedback on Judge Boyette. A personal interview was held with the Commission. Commission Members also observed him in court and reviewed judicial performance survey responses from attorneys and non-attorneys. Judge Boyette received high marks in all surveyed areas. Among the survey questions was, "Based on your responses to the previous questions related to the performance evaluation criteria, do you think Judge Boyette meets judicial performance standards?" Of the attorneys responding to the survey, 94% answered yes, meets performance standards and 6% answered no, does not meet performance standards. Of the non-attorneys responding to the survey, 93% answered yes, meets performance standards and 7% answered no, does not meet performance standards. Thirty-five individuals responded to the judicial performance surveys expressing their opinions of Judge Boyette's performance.
Judge Boyette graduated from Florida State University (B.A. History 1986) and Florida State Law School (1989). Boyette served as an Assistant City Attorney in Denver and as a Senior Attorney in the Florida Department of Children and Families. He also worked in private practice and as an Assistant Public Defender in Naples Florida. Boyette became a Magistrate for the Denver Juvenile Court in 2001 and was subsequently transferred to the Denver District Court, where he still serves as a part-time Magistrate. In 2007, he was appointed to the Elbert County bench.