Mayor Hancock Appoints Kelly Cherry to to the Denver County Court

Published on August 27, 2021

Mayor Michael B. Hancock today announced the appointment of County Court Magistrate Judge Kelly Cherry to the Denver County Court bench. That appointment will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Adam Espinosa.

“Our county court is a special institution responsible for overseeing the laws that have the most impact on our community and our residents, and in Magistrate Judge Cherry I found an individual whose values for diversity and equity will help elevate our local judicial systems,” Mayor Hancock said. “As a Magistrate for the Denver County Court she has dispensed justice fairly, and I have every confidence she will continue to do so as a Judge for the court and represent the people of Denver with the utmost sense of duty to equal justice under the law.”

Cherry currently serves as a Denver County Court Magistrate, a position she’s held since 2019, presiding over sentencing and motions hearings in misdemeanor, municipal and juvenile cases, as well as presiding over court trials in Denver Juvenile Court and protection order proceedings. Magistrate Judge Cherry also serves as Alternate Defense Counsel in other counties outside of Denver for indigent defendants accused of state court criminal violations.

“I can’t think of a greater honor than to serve my community as Denver County Court judge, and I’m honored to be appointed to this position by Mayor Hancock,” Magistrate Judge Cherry said. “My career path has provided me with the rich and unique combination of life and legal experience. Diversity is extremely important to me and I hope to bring more of that to the Denver County Court bench.”

Alongside her position as Magistrate for the Denver County Court, Cherry works in private practice outside of Denver and throughout Colorado as a criminal defense attorney for a broad range of criminal cases. Prior to her private practice position, Magistrate Judge Cherry served as a paralegal at the private practice and United States District Court levels. She is a current member of the Denver Bar Association, Colorado Bar Association, Colorado LGBT Bar Association, Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, Sam Cary Bar Association and Colorado Women’s Bar Association. Magistrate Judge Cherry is a past member of the Rhone Brackett Inn of Court.

Magistrate Judge Cherry holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Metropolitan State University of Denver. She will assume her new role as Denver County Court Judge upon her swearing in following the retirement of Judge Espinosa. 

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