New Year, New Judges
The start of 2019 brings with it two new judges to the District Court bench in the Fifth Judicial District which encompasses Clear Creek County, Summit County, Lake County, and Eagle County. Catherine Cheroutes of Cheroutes Zweig in Breckenridge was chosen to fill Judge Wayne Patton’s seat in Clear Creek and Lake counties, and Reed Owens, formerly with the Public Defender’s Office in Dillon, CO, was chosen to fill Judge Fred Gannett’s seat in Eagle County.
You might be wondering, what does this mean for me and my case?
In Eagle County, there will be a shifting of cases as Judge Owens comes on the bench. As he was in the Public Defender’s officer for over ten years, he will not be hearing any criminal cases in the immediate future to avoid conflicts of interest. That means that civil and domestic relations cases (divorce, child custody, child support) will be shifted to Judge Owens. If you have an active case, you probably already know this as there was an order issued for a mandatory status conference with Judge Owens after the first of the new year.
In Clear Creek and Lake counties, Judge Cheroutes will be acquainting herself with your case and all new cases that are filed. As she will be the only District Court judge for those counties, no shifting of cases will need to occur.
If you have questions or concerns about what a new judge on your case might mean for you and the peculiarities of your case, an experienced lawyer can help answer your questions. Carlson & Carlson is taking on new domestic, civil, and criminal cases as we head into the new year and would love the opportunity to assist you in 2019. Happy New Year from all of us.