Seventeenth Judicial District - Adams County Court Judge
Honorable Emil Anthony Rinaldi
Retention Year: 1990
Judicial Performance Commission’s recommendation: Should Be Retained.
Judge Rinaldi has been a county court judge since 1984. He graduated from the University of Colorado law school in 1980. He worked as a Deputy District Attorney in Adams County for about three years. He was with the Adams County Attorney’s Office when he was appointed to the bench. He presently handles traffic and misdemeanor cases and conducts preliminary hearings in felony cases.
Rinaldi was rated fairly high on the questionnaires. The comments were, for the most part, positive. For example, one person wrote: “Judge Rinaldi is a most valuable asset to the district. He brings a nice balance of professional control and court concern.” Another observed, “Good understanding of law, good sense of humor.” A third noted, “Judge Rinaldi is always very helpful, polite, very neat and he’s very precise.”
However, there were some negative comments. For example, one respondent complained, “Judge Rinaldi . . . has no basis in law for his decisions.” A second person commented Rinaldi was “frequently rude, impolite, angry, strident and abrupt.” Finally, a third person felt Rinaldi “goes off on tangents and is not open to comments or arguments regarding legal advice.”
The commission members who interviewed him were impressed with his answers to their questions. He scored well and seemed open and honest.