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McNulty appointed Chief Judge of the First Judicial District

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

            DENVER – Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Nancy E. Rice has appointed District Court Judge Philip James McNulty as the new chief judge for the First Judicial District (Gilpin and Jefferson counties).

                He replaces retiring Chief Judge Stephen M. Munsinger, who was appointed to the district court bench in July 2001 and named chief judge in August 2011. The appointment is effective Nov. 17, 2014.

                “I would like to thank Judge Munsinger for his many years of dedicated service and wish him well in retirement,” Chief Justice Rice said. “I look forward to working with Judge McNulty in this new role. I am confident he has the qualities necessary to effectively lead the First Judicial District.”

                Judge McNulty was appointed to the district court bench in June 2008.  Prior to that, he served as a Lakewood Municipal Court judge since 1996. He was a deputy district attorney, in the First Judicial District (1988-1996), deputy city attorney in Lakewood (1985-1988), and an associate at the law firm of Silver and Hays (1984-1985). He earned his B.A. in accounting from Colorado State University in 1981 and his law degree from the University of Denver Law School in 1984.

                Colorado is divided into 22 judicial districts, each with a chief judge. As chief judge, McNulty will serve as the administrative head of the First Judicial District. He will be responsible for appointing the district administrator, chief probation officer and clerks of the 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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