The Commission on Judicial Performance for the 20th Judicial District unanimously agrees by a vote of 10-0 that Judge David A. Archuleta 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 Archuleta presides over civil, criminal, misdemeanor, small claims, and traffic matters in Boulder County, Colorado. Judge Archuleta is described as thoughtful and respectful to attorneys and litigants. Representatives of the Boulder County Defense Bar and the District Attorney’s Office have a positive view of his performance, saying he works well with both prosecutors and defense attorneys, overseeing a low-key courtroom environment. Judge Archuleta handles a heavy docket efficiently, while at the same time ensuring that all participants are heard. He works well with juries and his legal analyses are well considered and based on a sound knowledge of the law. His communication skills reflect empathy and understanding. His bench rulings and written opinions are clear and thorough.
The Commission conducted a personal interview with Judge Archuleta, reviewed opinions he authored, observed his performance in court, and reviewed judicial performance survey responses from both attorneys and non-attorneys who participated in Judge Archuleta’s court proceedings. The Commission also received comments on Judge Archuleta’s performance from the district attorney and representatives of the defense bar and hosted a public hearing, at which citizens provided additional input regarding his performance as a judge.
Judge Archuleta was appointed to the Boulder County Court bench in July 1999. A Colorado native, he was raised in Boulder, and earned his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Colorado. Previously, Judge Archuleta served as Deputy District Attorney for the Twentieth Judicial District in the 1990’s. He also worked for a short time in private practice. He is the past President of the Colorado Trial Judges’ Council and the Colorado County Judges’ Association. He is a faculty member for the Colorado Institute for Faculty Excellence and New Judge Orientation. He is a Judicial Coach and enjoys interacting with the public and other members of the judicial branch.