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Pattie P. Swift - 12th Judicial District Chief Judge



Judge Swift graduated from the University of New Mexico School of Law summa cum laude in 1989. She was admitted to practice law in New Mexico in October 1989 and in Colorado in June 1990.  Judge Swift served as County Court Judge for Costilla County from January 1989 until she assumed her current position as a District Court Judge in February 2003.  

Judge Swift has been the Chief Judge of the 12th Judicial District and Water Judge of Water Division 3 since October 1, 2011. She served as Acting Water Referee for Water Division 3 from January 2010 through July 31, 2011. In August 2006, Judge Swift helped create a Dependency and Neglect Family Drug Treatment Court in Alamosa County and presided over this specialized problem-solving court from 2006 through 2012.

Judge Swift is and has been involved in several legal and community-oriented boards. She is currently a member of the Colorado Judicial Department Bail and Pretrial Committee and the 12th Judicial District Best Practices Court Team.  She was chair of the Colorado Judicial Ethics Advisory Board from January 2004 through August 2012.  She served on the Colorado Panel on Multi-District Litigation from December 2010 through August 2017.  She was a member of the Executive Oversight Committee for the Colorado Dependency and Neglect Statewide System Reform effort from January 2015 through August 2017.  She is a member of the San Luis Valley Community Corrections Board. She has previously served on the Judicial Department’s Standing Committee on Family Issues and the Judicial Education Committee.   She was the president of the Colorado County Judges Association in 2000-2001 and the vice-president of the Costilla County Health Association from 2000-2002. 


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Alamosa CO 81101

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