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Opportunity Title: Variable Associate Municipal Judge
Location: Lakewood
Department: City of Lakewood
Posted Date: 04/16/2019
Closing Date: 04/26/2019
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Brief Description

***This is a courtesy posting for the City of Lakewood.***


$81.03 - $81.83

Definition of Work:

The City of Lakewood is looking to fill several temporary positions for relief judge with variable hours. 

In a part-time capacity, the relief judge presides with original jurisdiction over all cases arising under the municipal ordinances of the City of Lakewood, with full power to adjudicate.  Reports to the Presiding Judge. Hours vary.

While this job description is fairly encompassing of major tasks, duties and responsibilities it does not list every function of the position.

  • Adjudicates criminal, traffic and non-traffic municipal ordinance violations for both adults and juveniles, including domestic violence, animal control, sales tax, and zoning violations. Conducts jury trials, trials to the court and hearings required to adjudicate cases, including arraignment, motion and pre-trial hearings, sentencing hearings, review hearings and hearings on motions to revoke.
  • Must be able to interact with others in a positive manner. Requires regular and prompt attendance.
  • A part-time variable hour Judge serves at the discretion of the Presiding Judge.

Supervision Received:
Receives supervision from City of Lakewood Presiding Judge
Supervision Given:


Minimal Educational / Professional Qualifications:

ESSENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities)
Law degree from an accredited institution of higher education.
Minimum of five years as a licensed practicing attorney in the State of Colorado
Licensed to practice law in Colorado for a minimum of 5 years. 

Other Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Possess a high degree of ethics and integrity.
  • Possess superior public speaking, written and oral communications ability.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to use good judgment in making decisions.
  • Flexibility and the ability to prioritize job responsibilities.
  • Good working knowledge of court procedure and evidence, with emphasis on the rules of criminal procedure.
  • Ability to relate to a large cross-section of the general public, ranging from attorneys to lay citizens.
  • Ability to effectively handle a high volume of cases, including motions hearings, trials to the court and jury trials.
  • Ability to give frequent oral advisement or rights to defendants, both in person and on video.
  • Ability to develop and maintain an effective working relationship with court staff and other city departments and employees.
  • Ability to de-escalate conflict situations.
  • Ability to use discretion and make decisions in critical situations.
  • Knowledge of city and municipal court policies, procedures and regulations.
  • Ability to adapt to changing caseload and regulations for offenders.
  • Ability to serve as a positive role model.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to remain alert and maintain courtroom decorum with a variety of individuals.
  • Ability to complete work product in a timely manner despite tight deadlines, constant/frequent interruptions.
  • Ability to be a team player and share workload.
  • Background and credit check required.

Lifting and Carrying:

  • Must be able to lift/move files and supplies weighing up to 10 pounds and using assistance when needed.
  • Performs work that requires keyboarding skills.

Body Position:
Standing, sitting long periods of time at desk; Moving about to and from courtrooms with steps, offices, and other divisions; Bending, stooping to get files.
Must be able to hear and respond to all communication from customers, employees, citizens, able to hear trial proceedings and audible sounds from equipment and telephone, and others in a courtroom and/or an office setting.
A candidate for this position uses vision to read court documents, evaluate evidence and view proceedings held in the courtroom.
Must have the ability to quickly calculate fines and fees using basic math skills such as addition and subtraction as well as use computer or calculator to do mathematical calculations.
Must accurately remember policies, procedures, rules, laws and ordinances and answers to questions that are frequently asked regarding both.
Language Ability:

  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret complex legal documents. 
  • Must possess the ability to effectively communicate with others with poise, voice control and confidence, either to individuals or groups, and respond to questions and inquiries from various people in the courtroom, over the telephone, or in the office setting.
  • Must be able to read, write and speak in order to communicate with the general public and court staff.
  • Must be able to author clear, concise, and accurate court orders.
  • Must be able to read court orders, interpreting for defendants and witnesses; read files, memorandums, letters, and other documents pertaining to position.


  • Must be able to make decisions in compliance with laws, ordinances, procedures, etc.
  • Ability to think logically, with good judgment and decision-making.


  • Work is performed in an office and courtroom environment where there is constant interruption and heavy office traffic contributing to elevated noise levels.
  • At times work involves dealing with angry citizens. Work involves making decisions that may have a tremendous impact on the lives of citizens and may generate strong emotions.
  • Work involves strict deadlines and the need for rigorous attention to detail. Sporadic exposure to physical risk or threats of violence as well as potential negative public reaction.
  • Work involves frequent contact and demands from staff.
  • Work includes heavy interaction with public and staff, communicating policy, laws, orders, procedures, etc.
  • Work involves working in multiple projects simultaneously and usually under strict legal guidelines.
  • Work involves following established policies and procedures.
  • Occasional work required outside normal business hours.


  • Computer - A candidate for this position must possess basic computer competencies including adequate keyboarding skills and basic word processing knowledge. Experience with Windows Office is helpful.
  • Telephone
  • Court alarms

  • Video arraignment equipment


How to Apply:

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Detailed Job Information
NOTICE! Each person employed must present identity and employment eligibility verification.
NOTICE! Employees hired after March 1, 1988, must be on the payroll direct deposit program.
NOTICE! Disabled applicants: If you have a mental or physical impairment, which limits one of your major life activities (e.g. walking, hearing, seeing, speaking, breathing, or learning) and require special accommodations for testing or interviewing, it is your responsibility to notify the office scheduling the interview or test at least 3 working days before the interview or test date. If you need special accommodations at the work site, you must notify the hiring authority.
NOTICE! All prospective employees of the Colorado Judicial Branch are subject to background investigation prior to hiring.

INFORMATION ALERT: Judicial Department employees may not hold office in a political party, nor may they promote one political party or candidate over another in partisan political elections. Employees may hold not-partisan public office provided that there is no conflict of interest or appearance of impropriety with the duties performed for the Judicial Department. In all cases, it will be within the discretion of the Chief Judge of the judicial district to determine whether such a conflict exists. Employees shall seek the prior approval of the Chief Judge before seeking or assuming any such office. Work related to any office held may not be performed on Judicial Department time. Membership on a board or commission that requires registration or party identification as a qualification is not considered to be partisan political office.
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