On Tuesday, September 13, 2022, The Denver Post reported that Mesa County District Court Judge Lance P. Timbreza resigned amid a disciplinary investigation by the Colorado Commission on Judicial Discipline. Judge Timbreza reportedly never returned to work before submitting his resignation on Monday.

On June 9, 2022, the Colorado Supreme Court suspended Judge Timbreza from his duties with pay.

According to The Denver Post:

“The reason for the investigation and suspension are secret and will remain confidential “unless or until a recommendation for sanctions or a recommendation for approval of a stipulated resolution is filed with the Court.”

Colorado’s constitution protects anonymity in all except the most extreme situations, thus the majority of judicial discipline is kept under wraps. To increase transparency, Colorado legislators are currently thinking about altering the state constitution.

While he did not share any information about Judge Timbreza’s case, Chris Gregory, executive director of the Colorado Commission on Judicial Discipline, said Tuesday that typically, the commission only asks for a temporary suspension if the judge’s alleged wrongdoing immediately raises fears of more harm if he continues to serve on the bench.

The commission’s rules also state that if a judge refuses to comply with the commission during an ongoing inquiry, the panel may ask for a temporary suspension.

The Denver Post reported that:

“The disciplinary investigation can continue despite Timbreza’s resignation. His brief letter of resignation offered no detail on why he resigned.”

This is not the first time Judge Timbreza was suspended from his duties. In June 2019, Judge Timbreza was arrested and charged with Driving Under the Influence and Careless Driving. Judge Timbreza was returning from a party when he lost control of his car and slammed into shrubs and trees at the side of the road to avoid hitting another car.

The judge was disciplined by the Colorado Supreme Court and suspended for 28 days.

The Judge earned a law degree from Gonzaga University School of Law in 2005.
The Judge is in Courtroom 10, 125 N. Spruce in Grand Junction, and can be reached at 970-257-3635. https://www.courts.state.co.us/Bio.cfm?Employee_ID=512

Source: The Denver Post

 

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