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Colorado Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Judicial Merit Selection

November 8, 1966 marks the 50th anniversary of Colorado’s judicial merit selection system. On this day, Colorado voters approved the judicial merit selection system constitutional amendment taking judges out of politics.  Prior to 1966, individuals seeking judicial office had to court political sponsors, bear a party label, raise funds often from lawyers who might appear before them and campaign for office.  Access to fair and impartial justice under the constitutions and laws of the United States and the state of Colorado is the most fundamental purpose of the legal profession and the judiciary.  A judge appointed through merit selection does not have to consider what interest group might be offended or benefited when making a decision.  The judge listens to the evidence, studies the law and focuses on rendering fair and impartial judgment in the case.

Thank you to the individuals and organizations who had the foresight and the perseverance to take judges out of politics.

Judicial Excellence For Colorado Dinner Honors Judges;
Celebrates 50 Years of Fair and Impartial Courts

The October 18th CJI dinner found Gov. Hickenlooper, the CJI board and 650 guests recognizing our unique judiciary.   Read more about it here.

CJI Supports Education to Combat Human Trafficking

The Judicial Excellence for Colorado Dinner is the primary contributor to CJI’s Judicial Education Fund, donating $400,000 to continuing education for Colorado court employees since the fund’s inception in 2002.  Court employees who are awarded CJI sponsorships participate in a wide spectrum of educational programs. CJI’s Judicial Education Fund assisted District Court Judge Robert R. Lung, 18th J.D., in Colorado’s battle to combat human trafficking by awarding a scholarship to attend Shared Hope International’s Juvenile Sex Trafficking (JuST) Conference.

Click here to read the September article on our Newsletter page.

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50 Years of Merit Selection: Gov. Hickenlooper’s Proclamation

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Get the Facts! Judicial Merit Selection in Colorado

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Law Week: Celebrating 50 Years of Merit Selection in Colorado

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Want to know how Colorado selects and evaluates judges?

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CJI Had Another Great Year!
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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