Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, former County Court.

It’s great to live and work in a thriving, growing county. The population of El Paso County, Colorado is growing at a steady clip, and has doubled in the last 35 years to 700K – the second-largest county in the state. I’ve seen major change in the 23 years I’ve lived here, but talking to long-time residents, the expansion of Colorado Springs has been breathtakingly fast.

With the increased population comes an increased demand on judicial resources – and that means the 4th Judicial District needs more judges! Hard to believe that what is now the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum served as the El Paso County courthouse for 70 years, until 1973.

The state is responding to our needs. The 4th Judicial District (comprised of El Paso & Teller Counties) is adding a new Division 23. This will be the first expansion since Judge Bain (now Chief Judge Bain) was appointed to the newly-created Division 22 back in 2010, and will provide some welcome relief to the crowded El Paso County District Court docket (although another 2-3 judgeships would still be nice).

Here is a link to the announcement – in short, the position pays $168K, and the deadline to apply is June 7. We in family law did pretty well with the most recent set of magistrate appointments, with Vince Rahaman and Catherine Mitchell both being appointed. Seeing a new district court judge with domestic relations experience would be great.

No word yet on whether the new judge will have a domestic relations docket, or on whether it will result in another shuffling of judicial dockets.

Addendum – as we report in this blog post, it was great news for the 4th Judicial District, as Judge Catherine Mitchell Helton was selected for Division 23. Judge Mitchell Helton was a long-time family law attorney in El Paso County, and then served as the family law magistrate in Division X for about a year, so she certainly knows her stuff. It’s good that the governor occasionally gets it right with a family law pick!

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