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Nominations for the 2018 Judicial Excellence Awards Now Open

Help CJI recognize Colorado's finest judicial officers! 

Each year the Colorado Judicial Institute acknowledges the efforts of three outstanding judges - one each for the district courts, county courts, and magistrates.  The awards will be presented at the Judicial Excellence for Colorado Dinner on October 18.  Nominations for all three categories are now open. Click here to review the nomination criteria for each categoryOr submit a nomination here.



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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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2018 Judicial Excellence Awards Nominations Now Open!

The nomination period for the 2018 CJI Judicial Excellence Awards is open!  Click here to submit a nomination

If you would like to read more about the awards, please visit the Judicial Excellence Awards page.

If you cannot use our online form, download a PDF of the form below.

50 Years of Merit Selection: Gov. Hickenlooper’s Proclamation
Get the Facts! Judicial Merit Selection in Colorado
Law Week: Celebrating 50 Years of Merit Selection in Colorado
Want to know how Colorado selects and evaluates judges?
2017 CJI Committee List

Interested in becoming more involved in CJI?  Click here for our list of committees.

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.