New magistrate judge appointed for county

In August, a new judge appeared behind the bench in Moffat County. Steamboat Springs attorney Shelly Hill was appointed as a magistrate judge for the 14th Judicial District which covers Moffat, Routt and Grand counties.

Hill was appointed by Judge Richard Doucette after interviewing with him, Judge Jim Garrect, Judge Joel Thompson and Court Administrator Evan Herman.

"(Hill) is articulate, bright and has a good judicial demeanor," Garrect said. "It struck us that she'd do her job very conscientiously."

Hill will work about two days a month to replace Garrect as the magistrate judge for Moffat County. Her primary responsibility will be domestic cases, but will also issue temporary orders, emergency shelter for juveniles and handle some jail advisement hearings. Hill was hired when Garrect became a full-time county court judge and became too busy to handle the additional case load from Moffat County.

Hill is a law review member and a 1981 graduate of Vermont Law School. She served for six years as the bar counsel for the state of Vermont and has worked as a criminal prosecutor for 10 years, four of which she spent as the chief criminal prosecutor for Windsor County, Vt. Hill has been in private practice for two years.

"Shelly Hill brings to the bench considerable trial experience and a dedication to public service," said Bridget O'Rourke, vice president for the Routt County Bar Association.

Hill was recently selected to sit on the Colorado Bar Association Ethics Committee.

According to Garrect, nine people were interviewed for the position and several stood out, but Hill's litigation experience and familiarity with domestic issues won her the position.

"Everyone was impressed with her performance in the interview," he said. "I think she'll be very conscientious in her job."

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