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Nineteenth Judicial District - District Judge

2012 Retention Survey Report
2011 Interim Survey Report
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Honorable James F. Hartmann

Retention year: 2012
Recommendation: Retain

The Nineteenth Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance unanimously recommends that Chief Judge James F. Hartmann BE RETAINED by a vote of   10-0.

Judge Hartmann was appointed to the Nineteenth Judicial District Court bench on August 26, 2002. Prior to his appointment, Judge Hartmann was a Deputy District Attorney for the Weld County District Attorney’s Office for twelve years, with the last three years serving as Chief Deputy District Attorney. Judge Hartmann received his law degree from the University of Idaho in 1989 and his undergraduate degree from the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Colorado in 1986. The judge presides over 10% civil, 5% mental health, 10% probate, and 75% water cases.  Judge Hartmann has been active on numerous committees of importance to the community.  His service reflects interests in victims’ rights, community corrections, domestic violence and protection of children. Judge Hartmann has been active in legal education for family law, criminal law, probate law, and water law while continuing his own education to further his expertise on the bench. Judge Hartmann has judged regional high school mock trial competitions and participates in the UNC Pre-Law Mentoring Program. Judge Hartmann makes presentations at local services clubs, high schools, Aims Community College, and the University of Northern Colorado.  

Judge Hartmann writes prompt, well researched, clear and concise opinions.  He is respectful of all parties and conducts court with authority and bearing. Judge Hartmann modifies his schedule, allows attorneys to openly participate in productive discussion, and models careful review of stipulated decrees. He actively attends to process with regard to clearing cases with an emphasis on probate cases and older water court cases. He supports settlement conferences between parties that allow the parties to agree on many points.  This in turn helps to expedite the court process. Judge Hartmann manages a constrained budget in a conservative, efficient, and productive manner.

Of all attorneys surveyed about retention, 95% recommended to retain, 4% not to retain, and 1% were undecided or didn’t have enough information to make a recommendation.  Of those expressing an opinion to retain or not to retain, 96% recommended to retain and 4% not to retain.   Of all non-attorneys surveyed, 93% recommended to retain, 3% 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, 96% recommended to retain and 3% not to retain. (These percentages may not total 100% due to rounding.)