Less than a week after stroke, Judge Garrecht is back on the bench



Routt County Judge James Garrecht

— Routt County Judge James Garrecht said he would be back to work today, less than a week after doctors think he suffered a stroke while residing over court at the Routt County Justice Center.

“Fortunately it was a minor one,” Garrecht said Sunday. “The recovery was real quick. I don’t have any residual effects or anything.”

Garrecht, 61, said he was taken to Swedish Medical Center in Denver for treatment and released Friday night. The stroke occurred Wednesday.

On Sunday he said he was feeling fine and was in Denver to attend the Denver Broncos playoff game.

According to Colorado’s Office of Judicial Performance Evaluation, Garrecht was appointed to the Routt County Court in 1987. Before that he was a private attorney who focused on criminal and domestic cases. Garrecht also served as a deputy district attorney in the Fifteenth and Fourteenth Judicial Districts from 1979 to 1982. As the Routt County Judge, Garrecht oversees all county cases, which includes civil, traffic offenses, misdemeanors, felony advisements and preliminary hearings.

Routt County voters again voted to retain Garrecht in the November 2010 election.


Scott Wedel 5 years, 4 months ago

Well, if he was healthy enough to watch the Broncos game without blowing out blood vessels in his brain then he must be okay now.


spidermite 5 years, 4 months ago

I have been forced to attend his court way to many times. It hasn't always worked out for me. You can't help but like Judge Garrecht. I'm glad he is doing better.


rhys jones 5 years, 4 months ago

We go way back too, the Honorable Judge and myself. He said I was one of his first defendants, just a few years back, and I responded that he was one of my first Judges.

Mari Jean Mathias (Riverbend co-owner) once said "Heck, I knew Jim when he was a hippie." I knew then we were kindred spirits. Whose interests were unfortunately at odds.

I've seen Judge Garrecht perform a brief wedding, awaiting my trivia, and his few words conveyed a buoyancy and optimism which was refreshing.

Glad to hear you're doing well, Judge, and I hope to see you again and again, preferably at the grocery store, and not where you work!!


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