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Join Us for "Straight Talk With Judges" CLE on May 2

"Straight Talk" is back! CJI's popular "Straight Talk with Judges" CLE is a chance for Colorado attorneys to discuss today’s issues with Colorado judges. Tuesday evening May 2 in downtown Denver.

For more information and registration, click here.


Help CJI Recognize Colorado's Outstanding Judicial Officers!

Please join the Colorado Judicial Institute in celebrating Colorado’s outstanding jurists both by nominating a judge or magistrate and by helping spread the word about the Judicial Excellence Awards. The only way CJI finds out about the talented, hardworking jurists across our state is by hearing from people like you!

For more information about the awards, click here. Fill out a digital nomination form here.


CJI Holds Learning Event in Grand Junction

January 18, 2023 — Colorado Supreme Court Justice Richard Gabriel, connected over Zoom, spoke to a crowd of 30 local business leaders and attorneys gathered at the Bookcliff Country Club in Grand Junction, Colorado. Justice Gabriel, whose plans to appear in person were snowed out, presented on the topic of "The Important Role of Colorado's Courts: Providing Justice, Resolving Disputes, and Upholding the Rule of Law." CJI organized this learning event as part of its deliberate efforts to expand its activities and events on the Western Slope.


Chief Justice Boatright Shares "State of the Judiciary"

January 13, 2023 — In an at times very moving speech, Chief Justice Brian Boatright addressed a joint session of the Colorado General Assembly to share the "State of the Judiciary." Among varied talking points, he emphasized three strategic priorities for the judicial branch: (1) improving operations to better serve Colorado; (2) empowering its employees; and (3) listening to all its stakeholders. Watch the full speech here (beginning at 2:33:00); see full text of the speech posted on this page's right sidebar.


CJI Honors Recipients of Its Judicial Excellence Awards

November 3, 2022 — Nearly 500 people gathered Tuesday evening November 1st at the Sheraton Denver Downtown to honor CJI's 2022 recipients of its Judicial Excellence Awards. For a good summary of the event, read the article in Law Week Colorado here.

You can watch the event in its entirety here:


"How to Judge a Judge on the Ballot": Colorado Public Radio Interviews Judge Russ Carparelli About Judicial Retention

November 2, 2022 — CJI emeritus director Judge Russ Carparelli provides informative perspective about Colorado's judicial merit selection and retention system in this CPR "Colorado Matters" interview recorded earlier today. Listen here.


CJI Op/Ed Counters Misinformation About Colorado's Judges

October 31, 2022 — Read the latest CJI op/ed, "Misperceptions about Colorado's judges," published October 31, 2022, in the Denver Gazette as response to a different op/ed last week titled "Colorado's judges are picked, and serve, in the dark."

See the op/ed reprint posted on this page's right sidebar. For the Denver Gazette version, click here (subscription required).


Join CJI at the 20th Annual Judicial Excellence Awards Gala Dinner

Help Celebrate This Year's Honorees!

Please join CJI in celebrating this year's honorees at the 20th Annual Judicial Excellence for Colorado Gala Dinner, to be held November 1, 2022, in Denver. This year's honorees include:

District Court Chief Judge Michelle Amico, 18th Judicial District
County Court Judge David Archuleta, 20th Judicial District
Magistrate Kevin Kennedy, 21st Judicial District
Magistrate William McNulty, 21st Judicial District

Click here to learn more about the event and buy your individual seats!

Seeking Candidates for Judicial Nominating Commission Vacancies

October 19, 2022 — The Governor's Office seeks candidates to fill vacancies on various Judicial Nominating Commissions throughout Colorado's judicial districts. For details, see the flyer posted on this page's right sidebar, and note the application deadline is November 18, 2022.


CJI Board Member Judge Gary Jackson Appointed to
the America 250 - Colorado 150 Commission

October 5, 2022 — CJI Board Member Judge Gary Jackson has been appointed by Governor Jared Polis to the America 250 - Colorado 150 Commission. The commission is housed within History Colorado, and is charged with developing programs and plan for the official observance in 2026 of the 250th anniversary of the founding of the United States and the 150th anniversary of Colorado statehood.

For further information about the commission, click here and here.


Learn More About Our Courts Colorado

July 18, 2022 — Read Justice Richard Gabriel's latest article about the Our Courts Colorado program, "A Model for Adult Civics Education," published in the Spring 2022 issue of Judicature (volume 106, number 1). Justice Gabriel recounts the genesis of the program, its educational offerings, and its impact. (See the article posted on this page's right sidebar.)

To read other articles about civics education published in this same issue of Judicature, click here.


CJI Responds to Proposed Judicial Discipline Legislation

May 26, 2022 — CJI recently participated in the legislative process for a new law that affects the system for disciplining Colorado's state court judges. The new law was signed by Governor Jared Polis on May 20, and CJI will have opportunity for additional input with the law's implementation. Read more...

Updated April 28, 2022 — The Senate passed an amended version of SB22-201, and the bill has now moved to the House for consideration. CJI has submitted a second statement, this time to the House Judiciary Committee. CJI will continue to monitor the bill's progress.

April 13, 2022 — The CJI Board discussed proposed legislation on a new judicial discipline commission at their March meeting. CJI board members Marilyn Chappell, Peter Koclanes, Barbara Randell, Shannon Stevenson, and Heidi Williams volunteered to review Senate Bill 22-201. As a result of that review, Marilyn Chappell led the team in writing a statement, approved by the CJI Executive Committee, for submission to the Senate Judiciary Committee in advance of the Thursday, April 14th, hearing on the judicial discipline commission bill. Marilyn Chappell testified at the committee hearing based on CJI’s statement. CJI will be watching to see if the bill moves forward.




Interested in Becoming More Involved With the Colorado Judicial Institute?

Contact Jeff Rupp, CJI's Executive Director, at to learn more.



Thanks to Our Generous Year-Round Corporate Members!

These companies generously provide year-round support to CJI and its programs. We sincerely thank them!

Patron's Circle Corporate Members & Sponsors

  • Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP
  • Polsinelli PC

Supporter's Circle Corporate Members & Sponsors

  • BAM Family Law
  • Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, PC
  • Fortis Law Partners LLC
  • GEM Family Law
  • Holland & Hart LLP
  • Ireland Stapleton Pryor & Pascoe, PC
  • Messner Reeves LLP
  • Robinson Waters & O'Dorisio, PC

Contributor's Circle Corporate Members & Sponsors

  • Baker Tilly US, LLP
  • Colorado Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association
  • Employers Council
  • Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
  • Griffiths Law PC
  • Parker Lipman LLP
  • Perkins Coie LLP


Click here to learn how your organization can become a CJI corporate member and sponsor.

*List last updated October 14, 2022.


Judicial Excellence Awards Nominations Now Open!

Nominations for the CJI Judicial Excellence Awards are open!  Click here to submit a nomination.

If you would like to read more about the awards, please visit the Judicial Excellence Awards page.

If you cannot use our online form, download a PDF of the form below.

Chief Justice Boatright's "State of the Judiciary" Speech, January 13, 2023
CJI Op/Ed - Misperceptions About Colorado's Judges

CJI op/ed published in The Denver Gazette, October 31, 2022

A Model for Adult Civics Education

Article by Justice Richard Gabriel published in the Spring 2022 issue of Judicature.

Want to know how Colorado selects and evaluates judges?
Get the Facts! Judicial Merit Selection in Colorado
Law Week: Celebrating 50 Years of Merit Selection in Colorado
Why Should You Vote in Colorado Judicial Retention Elections?

Are you one of those voters who skips the judges on your ballot?  Or just votes for the names you like?  You're not alone...but you can do better for Colorado!  Click here for more information on why and how to support our judicial system by voting.