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CJI Judicial Excellence Awards Nominations Now Open

Each year the Colorado Judicial Institute acknowledges the efforts of three outstanding judges - one each for the district courts, county courts, and magistrates. These judges represent the very best in Colorado's judiciary. But we don't find out about great judges unless you tell us about them! Nominate a judge or magistrate today or review the nomination criteria.

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Straight Talk with Judges - May 15, 2014

CJI and The Colorado Bar Association CLE are pleased to announce an exciting CLE program designed to promote education and interaction amongst some of Colorado’s top judges and attorneys. Participants will be separated into small groups and will rotate through 10 topics from which you will be able to make inquiries and gain insight from established judges and attorneys.  For more information or to register, click here.

Gov. Hickenlooper Joins 700 Judicial Excellence for Colorado Dinner Attendees in Honoring Outstanding Colorado Jurists

Five outstanding jurists were honored for upholding Colorado’s tradition of fair, impartial and accountable courts before an audience of 700 civic leaders at the Colorado Judicial Institute’s 11th Annual Judicial Excellence for Colorado Dinner October 15 at the Marriott City Center in Denver.  Read more here...

Judicial Awards Honor Excellence
in Colorado Courts

Three outstanding Colorado jurists have been selected for upholding the Centennial State’s tradition of fair, impartial and accountable courts.

Receiving the 2013 CJI Judicial Excellence Awards are District Court Chief Judge James F. Hartmann, Jr. of the 19th Judicial District; County Court Judge Leroy Kirby of Adams County, 17th Judicial District; and Magistrate Emily Anderson of the 17th Judicial District.  The trio were selected for outstanding performance on and off the bench while improving the quality and helping to ensure the accountability of Colorado’s judiciary.

In addition, this year CJI will present two Distinguished Judicial Leadership Awards to Chief Justice Michael L. Bender of the Colorado Supreme Court and Chief Judge Janice B. Davidson of the Colorado Court of Appeals.

The awards will be presented on October 15th at the Eleventh Annual CJI Judicial Excellence for Colorado Dinner.  More information about the dinner is available here.



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2014 Judicial Excellence Awards Nominations Now Open!

The nomination period for the 2014 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.

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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.

Parents' Voices: The Other Side of the Bench
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