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Howard appointed Chief Judge of the 8th Judicial District

Thursday, September 15, 2016

               DENVER – Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Nancy Rice has appointed District Court Judge Stephen E. Howard as Chief Judge of the 8th Judicial District (Jackson and Larimer counties).

He replaces retiring Chief Judge Stephen J. Schapanski who was appointed to the District Court in 2007 and named Chief Judge in 2009. Judge Howard’s appointment is effective Jan. 10, 2017. 

“I would like to thank Chief Judge Schapanski for his many contributions to the 8th Judicial District having served as a District Court Judge and magistrate since 1993. I wish him well in retirement.” Chief Justice Rice said. “I am pleased to appoint Judge Howard to this leadership role for the 8th Judicial District. I am confident he will do well and I look forward to working with him.”

Judge Howard graduated from Englewood High School, Colorado College and the University of Colorado School of Law, graduating in 1978. In the fall of 1978 he went to work for the law firm Fischer and Wilmarth.  Judge Howard was in private practice in Fort Collins continuously from that time until he was appointed to be a District Court Judge in 2011.  He had a general civil practice with an emphasis on business and real estate litigation.

Colorado is divided into 22 judicial districts, each with a Chief Judge. As Chief Judge, Howard will serve as the administrative head of the 8th Judicial District. He will be responsible for appointing the district administrator, chief probation officer and clerks of court, assisting in the personnel, financial and case-management duties of the district, and seeing that the business of the courts is conducted efficiently and effectively.

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