Hon. F. Michael Goodbee See Rating Details
District Judge
District Court
Adams County
17th Judicial District
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Attorney Average Rating:   5.4 - 2 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   3.0 - 4 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. F. Michael Goodbee



Comment #: CO283
Rating:Not Rated
He's awful...good luck if you get him.


Comment #: CO282
He treated me like every other monster he sees. Fact is I'm a treated alcoholic....haven't had an overnight with my babies since 17 months ago....different judge now thank the Lord. Case by case basis means exactly that. Go back to law school! You ruined my life and my kids too! All I have is a traffic ticket...hearsay is a real thing!!!! Thanks for nothing and btw I'm 11 months sober I have a professional job and a car now and my kids cry for me constantly. 28 more days....you really hurt us. All three of us. Happy there's a judge that can actually do just that,"judge fairly."


Comment #: CO224
The rules regarding discovery deadlines and limiting the number of non-pattern discovery requests are in place for good reasons. However, those reasons are clearly lost on Judge Goodbee, who feels it is appropriate to substitute his deeply flawed judgment for that of sound legislative intent and established case law.


Comment #: CO102
As a juror in this judge's courtroom, I felt the demeanor and professionalism of this judge was calming. For my first juror experience, I was glad to have Judge Goodbee as the judge.


Comment #: CO91
Rating:Not Rated
Judge goodbee let a lawyer ramble for about seven hours. Never gave the other party a chance to speak.Gave a mom final decision making even after her admission of leaving the child home alone when she would go out and get high. Awarded unrealistic support with out the other party haveng to prove real expense.Never gave any orders at final orders.He was in a hurry to get home. Had opposing counsel write up a summery of final orders and signed it.He violated the other partys rights by not making opposing counsel provide any evidence. He is a real piece of work. He never looked out for the best interest of the child.


Comment #: CO84
In civil divorce cases, he has a reputation of dividing property equally without consideration of contribution or circumstances-as though Colorado were a community property state- which proved true. Colorado law clearly states equitable distribution based on contribution and circumstance. Judge Goodbee did not follow Colorado law nor pay attention to proven a lack of contribution.(By financial records, not by verbal account) He actually said "Adams County doesn't see financial cases, there was "lots" of money in this case." Circumstance was also ignored. I would not call him fair in my civil divorce case, nor, as stated above, did he follow Colorado law, he did, however, follow his reputation. He was prompt, and polite.-From his bio, it would appear he is more a specialist in criminal law-

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CO58
This is a very good judge. He is very smart and applies the law very well. He can be abrupt at times and will interrupt you during the closing if he doesn't agree with you but that's also a sign of openmindedness. If he was convinced, maybe he would just let you speak, make his ruling and move on. I lost my case before him and he wouldn't let me speak during my closing because he interrupted me like fifteen times but overall he was fair, his ruling was correct, and he was openminded and did listen. He is very sensitive as to time though and wants you to go right to it with no repetitive stuff or anything that's common sense or already reflected in the exhibits - he doesn't like for anyone to beat a dead horse. Just go right to it, make your point, and be done. He'll listen but at some point during the trial he'll make up his mind and when that's done - you're done. But that's still way better than many judges who have their minds made up even before the trial. He'll listen, and if you're right, you're right, and if you're wrong, he'll make you hurry through your case and interrupt you during your closing. But overall a good judge. A fair judge. Makes good rulings and is polite for the most part.