Colorado Judicial Branch: Paul R. Dunkelman named Interim Chief Judge of the Fifth Judicial District


October 16, 2021

DENVER – Colorado Supreme Court Brian D. Boatright has appointed the Hon. Paul R. Dunkelman as interim chief judge of the Fifth Judicial District (Clear Creek, Eagle, Lake and Summit Counties) pending criminal proceedings against Chief Judge Mark Thompson (2021CR264, Summit County).

“Judge Dunkelman will serve as Chief Judge for the Fifth District indefinitely while Judge Thompson’s case will be heard,” said Chief Justice Boatright. “The matter concerning Judge Thompson is being properly handled by the legal system. Judge Thompson is presumed innocent, and he is entitled to due process and deserves it. “

The Hon. Sean Finn of the 17th Judicial District (Adams and Broomfield Counties) has been appointed to lead the case, and prosecutors from the 1st Judicial District (Gilpin and Jefferson) will be assigned the case.

“I have great confidence in Judge Dunkelman’s ability to lead the Fifth Judicial District at this difficult time,” added Chief Justice Boatright.

Judge Dunkelman was appointed to the District Court in 2013 and is handling a mixed case consisting of domestic, criminal, civil, juvenile and mental health cases and a recovery court. Prior to his appointment, Richter Dunkelman worked in his own practice for 20 years, most recently with the law firm Carlson, Carlson & Dunkelman, LLC in Frisco, CO, where he primarily focused on family law, criminal law and civil litigation. Richter Dunkelman earned a BA in Economics and Political Science from Colgate University in 1988 and a JD from Sturm College of Law, University of Denver in 1993.

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