Hon. Pattie P. Swift See Rating Details
District Judge
District Court
Alamosa County
12th Judicial District
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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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Comment #: CO190
Rating:2.0
Comments:
This judge is reasonably organized and knowledgeable. However, she has a real problem granting relief to out-of-town counsel, and is willing to lean towards the side of the local lawyer if there is a close question. She is not patient and not neutral. She also has very little civil experience, and was a (non-lawyer) trial judge in a very rural (Class G) county where you did not need to be a lawyer to be a judge, before she obtained her law degree in later years. After that experience and that belated legal education, she went on the bench. One should be wary of her rulings at trial, which are not necessarily going to be right. Formal pre-trial motion practice for the sake of an appeal, if necessary, is a good idea.