Thirteenth Judicial District - District Court Judge
Honorable Michael Keith Singer
Retention Year: 2006
The Thirteenth Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance unanimously recommends that Judge Michael Keith Singer BE RETAINED.
Judge Michael K. Singer was appointed as District Judge for the Thirteenth Judicial District on July 29, 2003. Prior to his appointment he was in private practice and served as the Municipal Judge for the City of Sterling, Colorado. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame, and his law degree from the University of Denver School of Law. His areas of specialization were civil, municipal, utility, and contract law. His current judicial assignments include civil, domestic relations, juvenile, and criminal cases.
Written evaluations from a survey of those appearing before Judge Singer, along with his self-evaluation and interview with the Commission were considered in preparing this profile. Judge Singer is committed to educating people and explaining court proceedings so that everyone understands the process and is fairly treated. He is committed to being prepared and organized so that time in the courtroom is not wasted. Communication is very important to him and he tries to keep lines of communication open. When he observes problems in his courtroom, his strategy is to set ground rules to try to minimize conflicts. Judge Singer considers himself to be self-reflective and he constantly evaluates his own work for ways to improve. He wants to continually learn more about the law and he seeks training opportunities to stay updated and better serve the public.
Judge Singer received high ratings from both attorneys and non-attorneys in each category of the survey, especially in the areas of overall demeanor, treating everyone involved politely, having empathy with the parties involved, treating participants with respect, presenting a neutral presence on the bench, conducting his courtroom in a neutral manner, giving all participants an opportunity to be heard, consistently applying laws and rules, and not engaging in ex parte communication. Of the attorneys who responded to the survey, 93% recommended his retention, and 7% recommended non-retention. Of the non-attorneys who responded, 95% recommended his retention, and 5% recommended non-retention.