On Thursday, May 8, 2014, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced that Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Nancy Rice appointed Judge Carlos A. Samour, Jr. as the Chief Judge of the 18th Judicial District. This appointment will be effective upon current Chief Judge William Sylvester’s retirement on July 1, 2014.
Judge Samour is a graduate of Columbine High School and graduated with honors from the University of Colorado at Denver with a degree in psychology. He received his law degree with honors from the University of Denver. Following law school, Judge Samour clerked for Judge Robert McWilliams of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. He then joined Holland & Hart in Denver and was in private practice for five years before serving as a deputy district attorney in Denver for 10 years. Judge Samour was appointed as a district court judge in 2006 and took the bench in 2007.
In addition to maintaining a docket, as chief judge, Samour will be responsible for appointing the district administrator, chief probation officer, and clerks of the 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.