Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan Coats has appointed District Court Judge Michelle Amico to serve as Chief Judge of the 18th Judicial District.
She replaces now-Justice Carlos Samour, Jr. who yesterday was sworn in to the Colorado Supreme Court. Judge Amico’s appointment is effective July 2.
“We are pleased to have Justice Samour join us on the court and appreciate the leadership he exhibited during his tenure as chief judge,” Coats said. “I am confident Judge Amico possesses the skills and demeanor necessary to be a solid and effective leader for the 18th Judicial District. I look forward to working with her in this new role”
Amico was appointed to the bench on May 31, 2012, and has served as the presiding judge of the criminal division at the Arapahoe County Justice Center since 2014. She earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Arizona in 1989 with a minor in Women’s Studies and a law degree from the University of Denver College of Law in 1993.
Prior to her appointment to the bench, she served for 18 years as a deputy district attorney and chief deputy district attorney with the Denver District Attorney’s Office. She plays an active role in numerous committees designed to ensure equal access to justice and which focus on judicial education, including developing training programs for new judicial officers.
As chief judge, Amico will serve as the administrative head of the 18th Judicial District, responsible for appointing the district administrator, chief probation officer and clerk of court, assisting in the personnel, financial and case-management duties of the district and seeing that the business of the courts is conducted efficiently and effectively.