Seventeenth Judicial District - Adams County Court Judge
Honorable Dianna L. Roybal
Retention Year: 2006
The Seventeenth Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance unanimously recommends that Judge Dianna L. Roybal BE RETAINED.
Judge Roybal was appointed to the County Court bench for Adams County on December 2, 2002. As a County Court judge, Judge Roybal presides over criminal cases ranging from traffic cases to felonies. Judge Roybal was a Magistrate Judge in the Juvenile Division from 2001 to 2002. In preceding years, Judge Roybal was an assistant district attorney for Adams County from 1997 to 2004. Judge Roybal received her undergraduate degree from Colorado State University and law degree from the University of Colorado.
Judge Roybal believes that one of her greatest strengths as a judge is her judicial demeanor and ability to communicate with attorneys and non-attorneys alike. She makes an effort to value and respect every person who comes to her courtroom. As a new judge, Judge Roybal actively expands her judicial knowledge by attending training seminars. When not on the bench, Judge Roybal is active in the community through her participation as a Colorado Hispanic Bar Association board member. In addition, Judge Roybal teaches English as a second language at the Brighton Library.
The Commission reviewed evaluations of Judge Roybal received from respondents to a professionally conducted survey of both attorneys and non-attorneys who have been in her courtroom. The Commission considered statistical responses as well as written comments dealing with courtesy, impartiality, communication skills, judicial temperament, diligence, application of the law, and retention. Further, the Commission conducted a personal interview with Judge Roybal. The Commission was impressed with Judge Roybal’s ability to integrate herself in the system as a new judge and with the strengths of the ratings she received as a newly appointed judge.
Judge Roybal received high ratings in all categories from both attorneys and non-attorneys responding to the survey, with particularly high marks in the areas of demeanor, communication and fairness. Respondents to the survey consistently made positive
statements about Judge Roybal’s professionalism, courtesy and fairness. Of the attorneys responding to the questionnaire, 80% recommended that Judge Roybal be retained, and 20% recommended that she not be retained. Of the non-attorneys responding to the questionnaire, 93% recommended retention, and 7% recommend that she not be retained.