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Judicial Excellence Awards Honorees Announced for 2018

CJI is proud to recognize the following judicial officers as the 2018 Judicial Excellence Award honorees.

· District Court Judge Morris B. Hoffman, 2nd Judicial District, Denver County

· County Court Judge Thomas E. Vance, 1st Judicial District, Jefferson County

· Magistrate Lisa M. Gomez, 2nd Judicial District, Denver Juvenile Court

The awards will be presented at the Judicial Excellence for Colorado Dinner on October 18, 2018, at the Hilton Denver City Center Hotel, 1701 California Street.  Individual seats for this event are on sale here.  Information on sponsoring a table at the event is on the CJI website here.  For more information on the honorees, click here.


CJI Announces 2018 Judicial Excellence Awards Nominees

CJI Awards Committee Chair Justice Michael Bender announced the nominees for the 2018 Judicial Excellence Awards.  Each nominee is an example of the best of Colorado’s judiciary.  This year’s nominees are:

Magistrate Lisa Gomez, 2nd District
Magistrate Peter Stapp, 17th District

County Court Judges
Judge Olympia Fay, 2nd District
Judge JenniLynn Lawrence, 22nd District
Judge Frances Simonet, 2nd District
Judge Thomas Vance, 1st District

District Court Judges
Chief Judge William Bain, 4th District
Judge Morris Hoffman, 2nd District
Judge Paul King, 18th District
Judge John Madden, 2nd District
Judge Tamara Russell, 1st District
Judge Larry Schwartz, 4th District

The CJI Awards Committee thanks the many nominators who took the time to submit a nomination.  CJI wouldn’t hear about the amazing judges across our state without their participation in the awards process. 


CJI Sponsors Colorado’s Legal Resource Day

The Colorado Judicial Institute was pleased to sponsor Colorado’s Legal Resource Day for the fourth consecutive year in 15 of Colorado’s judicial districts. The event is part of a broader federal program to celebrate the nation's commitment to the rule of law.

With nearly 1,000 people in attendance, the highest percentage of participants was seen in Jefferson County. Domestic is always at the top of the issues, primarily in the areas of divorce, child custody, and a growing number of grandparent rights.  Continue this article here...



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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.