Eighteenth Judicial District - Arapahoe County Court Judge
Honorable Robert Charles Tobias
Retention Year: 2010
The Eighteenth Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance recommends that Judge Robert Charles Tobias BE RETAINED by a vote of 9 to 1.
Judge Tobias graduated from the University of Arizona in 1968 with an undergraduate degree in history and government. He earned his law degree from the University of Denver Law School in 1971. He is active in the community. He was formerly a member of Inns of Court. He currently is a speaker for the “Our Courts” presentations to the public, volunteers his time to assist with high school mock trials, and he regularly presents at public/educational programs involving the judicial process.
He worked in private practice handling criminal, landlord tenant and domestic relations cases before becoming a judge in 1995. Judge Tobias has served as an Arapahoe County Court Judge from April 1995 to the present. His assignments as a county court judge have included the felony division for arraignments and preliminary hearings and a general jurisdiction county court assignment. His current docket consists of 84% traffic cases, 14% misdemeanor cases, 1% civil cases and 1% small claims.
The Commission conducted extensive research in making this recommendation of retention, including use of surveys conducted on the judge, interviews with people who regularly appear in his courtroom, an interview with the judge, personal observations of the judge, review of his caseload data, review of his self-evaluation, and study of three written orders from the judge. He has a very busy docket, handling a heavy load of traffic cases each day. He strives to listen and be respectful and fair to all parties. He wants to make sure the people in his courtroom understand that it is “their court” and that they will be treated fairly. His survey results from both attorneys and non-attorneys exceed the average for county court judges. The survey comments reflect that he is fair, knowledgeable and professional. He runs his courtroom with efficiency and humor.
Of all the attorneys surveyed about retention, 92% recommended to retain, 4% not to retain, and 3% expressed no opinion. Excluding those who had no opinion, 96% recommended to retain and 4% not to retain. Of all the non-attorneys surveyed, 84% recommended to retain, 8% not to retain, and 8% expressed no opinion. Excluding those who had no opinion, 92% recommended to retain and 8% not to retain. (These percentages may not total 100% due to rounding.)