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Promoting Judicial Excellence in Colorado Since 1979

Join CJI for the 2021 Judicial Excellence for Colorado Dinner 

CJI will celebrate this year's Judicial Excellence honorees in person at The Hyatt Regency Colorado Convention Center.  We are pleased to recognize:

District Court Judge Paul Dunkelman, 5th Judicial District
County Court Judge Mark Randall, 1st Judicial District, Jefferson County
Magistrate Sarah Zane, 16th Judicial District, Otero County

Corporate Member Sponsorships are now available for the October 7th dinner.  Find more information about Corporate Member Sponsorships here.  Find more information about the event here.

Registration now Open for Straight Talk with a Judge

The Colorado Judicial Institute’s popular CLE program, Straight Talk with a Judge, is back in July and dedicated to the topic of ADR. Courts are ordering mediation and other ADR techniques in Civil Case Management Orders (CMO) with increasing frequency. Colorado Courts have found that incorporating ADR techniques can resolve cases faster and more efficiently.

As always, judges teach all our tracks, and our small class size and interactive format mean you get to ask the questions the judges are answering. All participants will receive one Ethics CLE Credit and one General CLE Credit.

Find more information and register here.



CJI Works for Diversity on the Colorado Bench

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.

Click here to learn more about CJI's diversity initiatives.



Interested in Becoming More Involved in the Colorado Judicial Institute?

Join one of our committees!  Contact our Executive Director, Joshua Anderson, at for additional information.

Why Should You Vote in Colorado Judicial Retention Elections?

Are you one of those voters who skips the judges on your ballot?  Or just votes for the names you like?  You're not alone...but you can do better for Colorado!  Click here for more information on why and how to support our judicial system by voting.

Get the Facts! Judicial Merit Selection in Colorado
Law Week: Celebrating 50 Years of 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.