In October 2019, CJI and the Colorado Bar Association launched a collaborative initiative, the CBA/CJI Diversity on the Bench Coalition. The CBA/CJI Coalition leads a community-wide effort to ensure Colorado’s state court bench reflects the diversity of Colorado’s population.
Developed out of a long-standing need, CJI Board Member Judge Gary Jackson, Denver County Court, and Patricia M. Jarzobski, former CBA president and Colorado Women’s Bar Association president, have drawn on their leadership experience to gather a robust team of legal leaders to address this issue creatively.
The CBA/CJI joint program Our Courts Colorado received the 2020 Sandra Day O’Connor Award for the Advancement of Civics Education from the National Center for State Courts.
Founded in 2007 to provide nonpartisan information about Colorado’s unique judicial system, Our Courts presents topics ranging from an explanation of judicial selection to how bankruptcy cases work to an introduction to immigration courts. The program has reached more than 20,000 Coloradans.
From the outset, Our Courts organizers recognized that the program’s success meant reaching African-American and Hispanic communities. Hispanic program materials are translated into Spanish and presented by Spanish-speaking judges and lawyers. There is also a high school outreach program.
Why Should You Vote in Colorado Judicial Retention Elections?
Why Should You Vote?
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Get the Facts! Judicial Merit Selection in Colorado
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Family Law Committee Report: Parent Perceptions
Parents' Voices: The Other Side of the Bench was released in July 2011. The report, conducted over a two year period, uses surveys and interviews of parents who were involved in dependency and neglect proceedings in Colorado courts. The report is available for download below.