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Hon. Katherine Delgado

Judge Katherine Delgado (retired) served as a District Court Judge for 20 ½ years in the 17th Judicial District. She presided over hundreds of court and jury trials over her judicial career in Adams and Broomfield Counties. She spoke to jurors after every trial gaining invaluable insight into the deliberation process. In her most recent Judicial Performance evaluation, 100% of the lawyers surveyed recommended retention. The evaluation stated “Judge Delgado is a true asset to the District through her knowledge and application of the law, case management abilities, professional demeanor and communication skills”. She is regarded as a fair and compassionate judge who carefully considers the facts of the case and the applicable law. Having served in a Problem-Solving Court, Judge Delgado’s communication, listening and motivational interviewing skills assisted and encouraged parties to resolve their disputes. In addition, Judge Delgado is fluent in Spanish, which has aided in her communication with the Hispanic community.

Throughout her judicial career, Judge Delgado was dedicated to the continual improvement of the judicial system and served on multiple state and national committees outside of her regular duties. She is the recipient of numerous state and national awards recognizing her creative, collaborative, and innovative work in the field of family and juvenile law. Judge Delgado takes this same dedication and concern for the litigants and their counsel that she had on the bench as she now continues to assist them at JAMS as an arbitrator, mediator, and special master. Prior to her appointment, she practiced corporate law and was a Chief Deputy District Attorney in Boulder County.

Judge Delgado provides the following services.

  • Mediator
  • Arbitrator
  • Special Master appointments

Judge Delgado has expertise in the following areas.

  • Construction
  • Consumer
  • Defamation
  • Disability Discrimination
  • Education
  • Elder Law
  • Employment
  • Family/Divorce/Child
  • Government
  • Public Agency
  • Hearing Officer
  • Hearing Officer-City of Thornton
  • HOA/Owners Associations
  • Insurance
  • Malpractice
  • Personal Injury
  • Probate/Estates/Trusts
  • Product Liability
  • Real Estate/Title/Brokerage/Leasing


  • Victim Rights Award- 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office-2006
  • CASA Judge of the Year-2007
  • Colorado CASA Judge of the Year-2008
  • Mental Health Advocacy Award- Community Reach Center -2011
  • CASA Judge of the Year-2012
  • National CASA Judge of the Year -2013
  • National Impact of the Year-National Council of Family and Juvenile Court Judges-2018
  • CASA Judge of the Year-2019
  • Champion of Jurisprudence- Adams and Broomfield Bar Association-2019
  • Colorado CASA Judicial Partner of the Year-2021
  • Excellence in Practice- Adams Broomfield Bar Association-October 2022
  • Colorado Champion for Children, Youth and Families- Colorado Supreme Court- 2022

Professional Memberships & Community Involvement

  • Colorado Supreme Court Standing Committee on Children and Families (2003-2007)
  • Adams & Broomfield County Bar Association
  • National Council of Family and Juvenile Courts Judges (NCJFCJ)
  • Courts Catalyzing Change Initiative- NCJFCJ and Casey Family Programs (2008-2012)
  • Colorado Court Improvement Program (2006-2022)
  • Executive Committee-Colorado Court Improvement Program (2006-2022)
  • Colorado Supreme Court Public Access Committee (2012-2022)
  • Indian Child Welfare Act Committee- Court Improvement Program – (chair) (2015-2022)
  • Governor’s Community Corrections Council- (chair) (2014-2022)
  • Colorado Judicial Conference Planning Committee (2012-2021)
  • Dean of the Colorado Juvenile Judges Institute (2016-2021)
  • A Precious Child Board of Directors (2016-present)
  • CASA of Adams and Broomfield Board of Directors (2022-present)

University of Denver College of Law, Denver, Colorado
Juris Doctorate, 1984

Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Bachelor of Arts, 1979        


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