On Thursday, July 12, 2012, Governor John Hickenlooper announced his appointments of Ryan James Stuart and Jean Woodford to serve as county court judges in the First Judicial District, which covers Jefferson County. Stuart will fill the judgeship created by the retirement of Honorable John A. DeVita II and Woodford will fill the judgeship created pursuant to HB 12-1073.
Stuart’s judicial appointment is effective August 31 and Woodford’s is effective immediately.
Stuart is currently a District Court Magistrate in the First Judicial District where the majority of his docket consists of domestic relations cases and some dependency and neglect cases. Prior to becoming a Magistrate Judge, Stuart was a Deputy District Attorney in the First Judicial District Attorney’s Office. He also practiced civil litigation as an associate at Davis Graham & Stubbs and Brownstein Hyatt & Farber.
Woodford currently works for the Colorado Attorney General’s Office as the First Assistant Attorney General, a position she has held since 2004. Woodford is responsible for the Financial Fraud Unit, which investigates and prosecutes securities fraud, insurance fraud, and auto theft. Previously, she worked as Acting District Attorney for the Seventh Judicial District and as Assistant District Attorney.