Nineteenth Judicial District - District Court Judge
Honorable Vincente G. Vigil
Retention Year: 2022
Recommendation: Meets Performance Standard
The Nineteenth Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance unanimously agrees by the unanimous vote of those voting, (8 in favor with 1 recused and one absent), that Judge Vincente G. Vigil 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 Vigil presides over a criminal docket in his courtroom. Having dealt with the challenges of the COVID-19 environment where courtroom procedures underwent significant modifications, he is now making the changes necessary to return to a normal case flow in his court. His ability to deal with the unique features of these changes is indeed laudable. His ability to maintain the timeline goals in the cases assigned to him is outstanding. He has been able to meet the goal of closing 90% of the cases assigned within 12 months in all but 3% of the cases assigned. His observed demeanor in the courtroom toward the defendants, witnesses, and victims is respectful and thoughtful; yet takes the time necessary to communicate all the information needed to understand the proceedings and the ruling he enters. The commission unanimously agrees that Judge Vigil meets performance standards.
Judge Vigil has consistently been rated high by both attorneys and non-attorneys that have appeared before him. His application and knowledge of the law is on par with all District Court judges and his diligence in preparing for hearings and trials as well as researching precedential case law has been favorably mentioned in the survey. While there were some comments regarding delays caused by allowing parties to take excessive amounts of time during proceedings, overall, his record does not show this as a major issue. Judge Vigil is aware of the need to move cases along and is striving to improve this aspect of his courtroom actions.
Judge Vigil is a native of Weld County. Prior to his appointment on August 1, 2019, Judge Vigil was an attorney with the Law Office of Robert Ray. Previously he was a partner at Man & Vigil and a former Deputy State Public Defender. Judge Vigil obtained his undergraduate degree from Colorado State University and his J.D. from the University of Colorado Law School. Judge Vigil is currently on the board of the Weld County Bar Association, the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association, and is on the Executive Council for the Criminal Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association. Judge Vigil is one of twenty attorneys and judges chosen to participate in the 2022 COBALT leadership training program. Judge Vigil currently resides in Greeley, Colorado, with his wife and three daughters.