Seventeenth Judicial District - Adams County Court Judge
Honorable Dianna L. Roybal
Retention Year: 2010
The Seventeenth Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance recommends, by a vote of 6-4, that Judge Dianna L. Roybal BE RETAINED.
Judge Roybal graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology in 1981. She obtained her Juris Doctor degree in 1995 from the University of Colorado School of Law and was licensed to practice law that same year.
Before being appointed to the Adams County Court bench in 2003, Judge Roybal was in private practice and served as a Deputy District Attorney for the Adams County District Attorney’s Office. Judge Roybal further served as a Magistrate for the Seventeenth Judicial District before she was appointed to the County Court bench.
The Commission reviewed written evaluations of Judge Roybal from both attorneys and non-attorneys responding to a professionally conducted survey. Overall, she received below-average ratings from responding attorneys. Judge Roybal, however, received overall above-average ratings from responding non-attorneys. Attorneys and non-attorneys were asked about Judge Roybal’s strengths as a judge. The common theme amongst the responding parties was that Judge Roybal displayed great judicial demeanor and temperament. A common theme amongst responding attorneys regarding Judge Roybal’s weaknesses was her knowledge of the law. Further, the Commission conducted a personal interview with Judge Roybal. Although the Commission is concerned with the low scores provided by responding attorneys and the concern about her knowledge of the law, the Commission is impressed with Judge Roybal’s willingness to improve herself as a judge. The Commission feels that Judge Roybal has the potential to be an excellent judge and recommends that the judiciary provide Judge Roybal additional training and monitor her performance as an opportunity to further develop her skills as a judge.
Of all attorneys surveyed about retention, 50% recommended to retain, 46% not to retain and 4% expressed no opinion. Excluding those who had no opinion, 53% recommended to retain and 48% not to retain. Of all non-attorneys surveyed about retention, 86% recommended to retain, 3% not to retain and 10% expressed no opinion. Excluding those who had no opinion, 97% recommended to retain and 3% not to retain. (These percentages may not total 100% due to rounding.) It is the Commission’s recommendation, by a 6-4 vote, to retain Judge Dianna L. Roybal.