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FAQ's

Is my donation to CJI tax deductible?
Yes, as a 501(c)3 organization, contributions to CJI are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law.  Every contribution to CJI is acknowledged with a receipt for tax purposes.

How can I contact CJI?
Mailing address:  Colorado Judicial Institute, P.O. Box 118, Broomfield, CO 80038-0118
Email:  Click Here
Phone: 303-766-7501

Does Colorado elect judges?
No.  Since 1966 Colorado has used a system based upon merit to select judges.  When a judicial vacancy occurs, an announcement and call for applications goes out.  Once the deadline for all applications has occurred, a nominating commission meets to interview applicants.  The commission recommends two or three individuals for the governor to consider.  The governor then appoints one of them to fill the vacancy. 

Information on the nomination commissions and how you can become more involved can be found at the Judicial Nominating Commission webpage.  More information on the merit selection process can be found in the publication "How a Judge Becomes a Judge" available here.

Why do judges appear on my ballot?
The Colorado Constitution requires that each judge stand for retention election.  A retention election is not a partisan contest.  Voters are asked whether to to retain a judge in their current position by voting "yes" to retain or "no" to not retain the judge.

How long are judicial terms?
Judicial terms vary based upon in which court a judge serves.  County court judges serve for four years, district court judges serve for six years, Court of Appeals judges serve for eight years, and Supreme Court justices serve for ten.  Judges serve an initial two year probationary term before standing for retention election.

Where can I get more information on Colorado Judges before I vote?
Judicial performance evaluation information can be found at http://www.cojudicialperformance.com/.  The legislation that establishes the judicial performance program can be found in the Colorado Revised Statutes 13- 5.5-101 thru 13-5.5-109. 

Why should I join CJI?
CJI is a unique organization in that we are dedicated to judicial independence and judicial excellence, but are an independent organization that resides outside the judicial department and state government.   CJI, as an independent group, has the freedom to not only recognize excellence in the judicial department and encourage growth in those areas, but to research areas of concern and propose innovative solutions.  CJI monitors developments that may impact the judicial system in Colorado - including budget challenges, legislative proposals, citizen initiatives, public educaiton, and media campaigns to name a few.  As a CJI member you will be kept informed of these issues as well as CJI's actions.

When you become a CJI member your voice will join with many others to let our leaders and policy advocates know that judicial independence and judicial excellence is important to Colorado citizens.

Even with our dedicated, volunteer board and part time staff, there are expenses related to our research projects, public educaiton programs, events and general administration that CJI faces every month.  Our costs are consistenly reviewed and CJI makes every effort to use our limited dollars wisely and in areas with the most urgent needs and impact.  CJI relies heavily upon individual membership contributions to sustain our activities.  Please consider becoming a member today.  Join Here!

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