Hon. Judith L. LaBuda See Rating Details
District Judge
District Court
Boulder County
20th Judicial District
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Attorney Average Rating:   3.7 - 3 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   7.0 - 3 rating(s)
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General Rating Criteria

* Temperament (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
* Scholarship (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
* Industriousness (1=Not at all industrious,10=Highly industrious)
* Ability to Handle Complex Litigation (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
* Punctuality (1=Chronically Late,10=Always on Time)
* General Ability to Handle Pre-Trial Matters (1=Not all Able, 10=Extremely Able)
* General Ability as a Trial Judge (1=Not all Able, 10=Extremely Able)
Flexibility In Scheduling (1=Completely Inflexible,10=Very Flexible)

Criminal Rating Criteria (if applicable)

* Evenhandedness in Criminal Litigation (1=Demonstrates Bias,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
General Inclination Regarding Bail (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
Involvement in Plea Discussions (1=Not at all Involved, 10=Very Involved)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Pretrial Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Trial Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Sentencing Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)

Civil Rating Criteria (if applicable)

* Evenhandedness in Civil Litigation (1=Not at all Evenhanded,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
Involvement in Settlement Discussions (1=Not at all Involved,10=Very Involved)
General Inclination (1=Pro-defendant, 10=Pro-plaintiff)

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What others have said about Hon. Judith L. LaBuda


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CO361
Judge LaBuda is very smart and hardworking. She makes sure she knows the case and the law. She has high standards and expects the lawyers who appear in front of her to be prepared. She can be a bit picky about minor rules and things which is why I did not rate her 100% -- sometimes you have to look at what the parties are trying to say, that is more important that rules. Otherwise she is great.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CO358
Horrible Judge!


Comment #: CO354
Rating:Not Rated
She is a wise, fair, impartial, industrious, brilliant judge.


Comment #: CO353
I completely trust her judgement. She works hard and tirelessly. She shows no favoritism to anyone, and gender does not factor into her decisions. She is an expert in every way on family law. She was an excellent lawyer an she has become an outstanding judge. People accustomed to favoritism and privilege may be dismayed when she applies the law equally to all.


Comment #: CO323
Judge Judith Labuda smiled and nodded and confirmed towards my husband during his whole lying testimony. During my testimony she interrupted often to tell me not to answer until the question was finished. Not to answer until my attorney could object and to raise my voice and to move the microphone closer. She denied every objection but one, and sided with apposing council with absolute bias. She admitted she had not read the parental review report, but made rulings based on the report from snippets provided by the opposing council who providing out of context sentences in court. She completely did not understand the relationships the family history within our 30 year relationship nor did she pay any mind to the depths of destruction that was wracked by the respondent on the petitioner. She couldn't care less. You are doomed if you are in front of The Honorable Judith LaBuda in family court. Unless your a man, then you will do great. You will get everything you ask for and more.


Comment #: CO268
Rating:Not Rated
She made an initial ruling that was contrary to the law and the evidence provided but before we'd all left the building she called us back to change the ruling. Still not entirely appropriate but better. She said that she realized she'd made a mistake and wanted to get it corrected before we all left the building, which she did. But what happens to mistakes she doesn't catch or a pro se doesn't know exist and therefore, can't call her on it?


Comment #: CO260
My daughter and I were in this judge's courtroom during a juvenile court case day. I was really pleased with how concerned she was for our family, as well as her patience and humor combined with a level of firmness. I think she had a real impact on my daughter. I am in glad to have her in Boulder County.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CO228
She is arbitrary and capricious and seems to lack even a basic understanding of family law. It's a travesty that someone so utterly clueless and overtly hostile is permitted to remain on the bench.