Nineteenth Judicial District - District Court Judge
Honorable Meghan Patrice Saleebey
Retention Year: 2022
Recommendation: Meets Performance Standard
The Nineteenth Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance finds that the Honorable Meghan Patrice Saleebey MEETS PERFORMANCE STANDARDS. Nine commissioners voted Judge Saleebey meets performance standards, with one member absent. 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.
In May 2018, Judge Saleebey was hired as a District Court Magistrate in the 19th Judicial District. Then Magistrate Saleebey was assigned to the juvenile delinquency and truancy dockets. In September 2019, Judge Saleebey was appointed as a District Court Judge, and she is currently assigned to Division 3, where she handles domestic relations and dependency and neglect matters. In court, Judge Saleebey aims to facilitate a courtroom in which all participants are respected and treated fairly. She provides great assistance for those representing themselves. She strives to give those who appear before her full and fair consideration. She clearly articulates the facts, the law, and its application in an understandable and comprehensible way.
Judge Saleebey’s ratings from survey recipients are slightly lower than the average of all District Court Judges, receiving an overall rating of 3 (of a total maximum score of 4), whereas the average of District Court judges was an overall rating of 3.4. Judge Saleebey’s ratings were similar to those of other District Court judges in the areas of communication, diligence, demeanor, and fairness, and less than the average of all District Court judges in the areas of case management and application and knowledge of the law. Many survey recipients had very positive feedback about Judge Saleebey, noting that she is extremely hard working, respectful, patient, and smart. That said, Judge Saleebey is mindful that she has more work to do in order to become a fully effective and successful judicial officer. Although she has made strides, she realizes she needs to improve on managing her caseload, including consistently issuing timely orders, both written and verbal.
Judge Saleebey has a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Kansas and earned her law degree from the University of Denver. Prior to joining the 19th Judicial District Bench, Judge Saleebey worked as a Deputy District Attorney in the Denver District Attorney’s Office, a position she held from April 2009 until May of 2018. During her tenure as a Deputy DA, Judge Saleebey worked in County Court, District court, Drug Court, the Juvenile Unit and the Family Violence Unit. Judge Saleebey takes time to engage in her community. She is a member of the Early Childhood Council for United Way. She serves on the statewide Judicial Well-Being committee and the education subcommittee. It was an honor for her to be assigned to the Human Trafficking Council, where she represents the Judicial Branch. In the past she has participated in training for CASA volunteers, and regularly provides ongoing educational opportunities in pertinent legal areas.