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Zerbi, Victor 1990 Evaluation


Ninth Judicial District - Garfield County Court Judge

Honorable Victor M. Zerbi 

Retention Year: 1990
Recommendation: Retain


Judicial Performance Commission’s recommendation: Should Be Retained.

Judge Zerbi is the Garfield County judge sitting in Glenwood Springs. He was appointed in February 1980. Although his position is part-time, he sits as an acting district judge when appointed by the chief district judge. He does not maintain a separate law practice.

Zerbi received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in 1966 and his law degree from the University of Michigan Law School in 1969.

He was admitted to practice law in Michigan and Colorado.

Since 1985, he has been Rifle Assistant Municipal Court Judge, and was an assistant Glenwood Springs Municipal Court Judge from 1983 to 1990.  From 1971 to 1980, he was a deputy state public defender, first in Denver and then in Glenwood Springs.

The commission held public hearings, and the input tended heavily in favor of retaining Zerbi. However, written comments from law enforcement officers were critical of Zerbi’s decisions in the handling of procedural and technical aspects of criminal cases. Although comments from attorneys sometimes criticized his courtroom demeanor, comments and public input from probation and social service support offices strongly favored him.