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2019 Straight Talk with Judges:

An Interactive CLE with Judges and Attorneys

Hosted by the Colorado Judicial Institute and the Boulder County Bar Association  
Sponsored by Caplan & Earnest LLC and the University of Colorado

Join the Colorado Judicial Institute and the Boulder County Bar Association on November 20 as we present this popular CLE program, for the first time in Boulder, designed to promote education and interaction with some of Colorado’s top jurists and attorneys.  Participants will have one ethics track and four general tracks from which they can make inquiries and gain insight from established judges and attorneys.

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CJI Unveils Free Mediation Guide

The Colorado Judicial Institute has published a free online mediation guide for Coloradoans who are ordered into mediation by the courts or who are party to a lawsuit and would like to take advantage of the benefits of mediation. Find A Party's Guide to Colorado Court-Ordered Mediation here.

CJI has long supported the use of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) to help settle lawsuits. Research has shown that mediation can produce a faster, more cost-effective, and more durable resolution for parties, even if the case is already in the courts.

A big thank you to Judge Lynn Karowsky, the CJI ADR committee and Colorado’s Office of Dispute Resolution for this much needed resource. 


Our Courts Launches Program for Colorado's Upcoming Voters

Our Courts Colorado has a new high school program teaching the next generation about Colorado's merit selection system for appointing judicial officers.

Our Courts started a little over a decade ago out of an unsuccessful ballot initiative to impose term limits for appellate judges.  CJI and other organizations opposing the initiative they realized most voters didn’t really know how Colorado’s judicial system works.  Our Courts has been educating adults around Colorado ever since.  This is their first program for high schoolers.

Find the complete article here.


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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.