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Judicial Excellence Awards

Colorado Judicial Institute Judicial Excellence Awards

In recognition and support of excellence in Colorado courts, the Colorado Judicial Institute annually acknowledges the efforts of three outstanding judges - one each for the district courts, county courts, and magistrates.  The three Judicial Excellence Awards are presented at the Judicial Excellence for Colorado Dinner.  Nominations are solicited from justices, judges, magistrates, court staff, attorneys and others closely involved with the work of the court system. However, anyone can submit a nomination.  Click here to fill out the nomination form.

All nominees should reflect the high standards of our state judicial system, including but not limited to:

  • Efficiently, expeditiously, and objectively managing cases and dockets while remaining in firm control of activities within the courtroom.
  • Displaying a high level of open communication and a demeanor and attitude that makes the courts accessible to all.
  • Being an innovator who is creative in dealing with courtroom processes.

District Court Judge award nominees should have five years of experience on the District Court bench.

County Court Judge award nominees should have five years of experience as judicial officers in the state court system and can be either part-time or full-time judges.

Magistrate award nominees should have three years of part-time or full-time experience on the bench.

CJI strives to ensure that the Judicial Excellence Awards reflect all of Colorado, including our state’s geographic, ethnic, sexual orientation, and gender diversity.

The nomination deadline is May 7, 2021.

Read about past honorees here:

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