Twentieth Judicial District - District Court Judge
Honorable Andrew Hartman
Retention Year: 2022
Recommendation: Meets Performance Standard
The 20th Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance unanimously agrees by a vote of 10-0 that Judge Andrew Hartman 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 Hartman presides over criminal, civil, domestic relations, juvenile, mental health and probate cases in the 20th Judicial District in Boulder, CO. His judicial temperament is friendly and respectful, putting those in his courtroom at ease. His legal decisions reflect reason and an understanding of the law, which he follows even when unpopular. While the survey responses submitted by non-attorneys suggest that his communication standards can be improved, the Commissioners found that the written rulings he provided for review and his communication from the bench were clear in his application of the law to the facts presented. Judge Hartman is a well-prepared judge who uses his administrative time effectively and works regularly to improve his knowledge of the law and to meet the needs of those he serves. He processes feedback with an open mind as he believes it is important to continuously improve as a judge.
The Commission conducted a personal interview with Judge Hartman, 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 Hartman’s court proceedings. The Commission also received comments on Judge Hartman’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 Andrew Hartman was appointed District Judge in 2013. Boulder County voters retained him in 2016 with 80% support. Previously, he practiced law for 20+ years, chairing the Colorado litigation practice at Cooley LLP and serving as general counsel for Keen, the popular footwear company. Judge Hartman is active in the CU community where he was the law school’s Director of Experiential Learning, taught for 12 years, and served on the Board of the Leeds Business School’s Deming Center Venture Fund. He is dedicated to the justice system and chaired an interagency task force that safely resumed jury trials after the pandemic lockdown. Judge Hartman presided over Boulder’s first pandemic era felony jury trial, a homicide case that resulted in a conviction. Judge Hartman graduated from Georgetown University law school with honors, and the University of Michigan. He and his wife of 30 years are long-time residents of Boulder County.