Three Denver County Court Judge Nominees Sent to Mayor Hancock

Published on November 29, 2021

Mayor Michael B. Hancock has received the following three nominees for Denver County Court Judge from the Denver County Court Judicial Nomination Commission: 

  • Michael Angel
  • David Blackett
  • Judy Estrada

The Mayor will interview the nominees and announce his selection on or before Dec. 14, 2021. The appointment will fill the vacancy created by the newly funded 19th Denver County Court Judge position.

The Judicial Nomination Commission (“JNC”) is established by Charter. It is composed of three attorneys and four non-attorneys, appointed by the Mayor, serving a term of four years. The Presiding Judge of the Denver County Court, Theresa Spahn, serves in an ex-officio advisory capacity. When a judicial vacancy is created, the JNC announces the vacancy and the timeline in which to apply for nomination.

During the confidential process in which the JNC considers the candidates, the Commissioners apply rigorous and consistent standards for integrity, legal knowledge and ability, experience, temperament and diligence. The JNC carefully reviews the applications and selects candidates to interview. After the interviews and much deliberation, the JNC elects nominees for judicial vacancies for the Mayor’s consideration. Once the JNC has transmitted the names, the Mayor has 15 days in which to appoint the new County Court Judges.

For further information, starting Monday, Nov. 29, please contact:
Romaine Pacheco, Mayor’s Office, Director of Boards and Commissions


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