Twentieth Judicial District - District Court Judge
Honorable Bruce Langer
Retention Year: 2022
Recommendation: Meets Performance Standard
The 20th Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance unanimously finds, by a vote of 10-0, that the Honorable Bruce Langer 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 Langer presides over civil, criminal, probate, juvenile, and family law cases in Boulder County. He stays current in these diverse areas of law by reading appellate opinions and statutory amendments and attending relevant training programs. Judge Langer is pleasant and even tempered in court. He runs an efficient courtroom while showing respect to all participants by allowing them the time they need to properly present their case. He stresses clarity and plain English in his oral and written rulings and demonstrates attentiveness to factual and legal issues before the court. Judge Langer believes that public trust in the courts depends on people’s perceptions that courtroom proceedings are fair and conducts himself accordingly. He is an experienced judge who continually learns on the job.
The Commission conducted a personal interview with Judge Langer, reviewed opinions he wrote, observed his performance in court, and reviewed judicial performance survey responses from attorneys and non-attorneys who participated in his court proceedings. The Commission also received comments on Judge Langer’s performance from the district attorney and representatives of the defense bar and held a public hearing to allow citizens the opportunity to provide additional comments.
Judge Langer was appointed to the Boulder District Court bench in September 2013. He was a deputy district attorney and chief deputy district attorney for eighteen years in Boulder before his appointment to the bench. He graduated from the University of Colorado School of Law in 1994, and from the University of Colorado with a degree in journalism in 1981. Before law school, he worked as a reporter and editor for the Boulder Daily Camera. He is active in the Colorado Bar Association and volunteers as a judge in students’ mock trial competitions. Judge Langer also serves as a coach for newer judges in the state’s peer-to-peer judicial training program.