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Seventeenth Judicial District - Adams County Judge


Reports:
2012 Retention Survey Report
2011 Interim Survey Report
2009 Interim Survey Report

Honorable Jeffrey L. Romeo

Retention year: 2012
Recommendation: Retain

The Seventeenth Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance unanimously recommends that Judge Jeffrey L. Romeo BE RETAINED.

Judge Romeo graduated with honors from the University of Colorado, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business in 1974 and a law degree in 1977.  Before being appointed to the bench in 1990, Judge Romeo was a Deputy District Attorney in Adams County as well as a private practitioner. Judge Romeo has served as a County Judge for the past 22 years. During his current term, his docket has been felony criminal, misdemeanor, and traffic cases.

In arriving at their recommendation, Commission members interviewed Judge Romeo personally after reviewing survey results provided by lawyers, parties, and other individuals who appeared in front of Judge Romeo or otherwise observed him in court.  The Commission members also reviewed Judge Romeo’s self-evaluation and observed him in court.  The Commission found Judge Romeo to be an experienced judge who seeks to treat those who appear in front of him with respect and in the way he would want to be treated.  During his interview, Judge Romeo impressed the Commission with what he has learned in recent years about evidence-based sentencing and motivational interviewing of those parties appearing in his court.  He explained how he has implemented elements of that training and described the positive results he has seen.   Judge Romeo’s comments showed his genuine interest in seeing justice done while also seeking ways to rehabilitate offenders.  

Performance surveys were sent to district attorneys, defense attorneys, and other attorneys appearing in criminal matters as well as attorneys representing litigants or otherwise appearing in civil matters.  Surveys were also sent to non-attorney witnesses, law enforcement personnel, defendants, litigants, jurors, court employees, and probation officers. Of all attorneys surveyed about retention, 86% recommended to retain, 12% not to retain, and 3% were undecided or didn’t have enough information to make a recommendation.  Of those expressing an opinion to retain or not to retain, 88% recommended to retain and 12% not to retain.  Of all non-attorneys surveyed, 84% recommended to retain, 5% not to retain, and 10% were undecided or didn’t have enough information to make a recommendation.  Of those expressing an opinion to retain or not to retain, 95% recommended to retain and 6% not to retain. (These percentages may not total 100% due to rounding.)  Based on its review of returned survey results, court room observations, and interview of Judge Romeo, the Commission unanimously recommends that Judge Jeffrey L. Romeo BE RETAINED.