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CJI Mission and Positions

Our Mission Statement

The Colorado Judicial Institute seeks to engender the public’s trust that the judicial system will provide litigants their day in court with dignity and respect.  Further, CJI is committed to:
Protect and defend the ability of the Colorado judiciary to decide cases fairly and impartially and free from partisan politics:
Further the public’s understanding of Colorado’s judicial system; and
Support the excellence of Colorado courts, including through outreach and the funding of judicial education.

Mission Statement Philosophy

The Colorado Judicial Institute (CJI), founded in 1979, is a Colorado nonpartisan, non-profit organization.  CJI’s initial mission was to protect and improve Colorado’s state court judicial merit selection system, adopted by Colorado voters through a 1966 constitutional amendment, and to educate the public about that system.  However, since then CJI’s focus has expanded, as indicated by its current mission statement.  In carrying out its mission, CJI supports public education and outreach about the judiciary, believing that an educated public is crucial to supporting judicial impartiality as a component of the separation of powers.  CJI also supports the Colorado’s state court judiciary through providing funding for judicial education. CJI believes that protecting a fair and impartial judiciary, furthering public education regarding the courts, and supporting the excellence of the courts should foster a judicial system that allows litigants to have their day in court with dignity and respect.

In order to effectively achieve our mission, CJI relies upon the work of specialized committees that take on activities in support of one or more of our mission areas.  Please visit the Activities Page to get more details about CJI Committees. 

CJI Positions

CJI supports merit selection, judicial performance evaluation, and retention elections as having an appropriate balance of accountability and impartiality.

CJI supports public education about the judiciary believing that an educated public is crucial to supporting judicial impartiality as a component of the separation of powers.

CJI supports the appropriate use of alternative dispute resolution.

CJI supports continuing education for judicial officers and judicial department staff as a critical component of judicial excellence.

CJI supports research into best practices and innovative programs to best serve the citizens of Colorado and improve efficiency and effectiveness.

CJI supports consistent, fair funding of the judicial department.

CJI supports community involvement with the judiciary in the forms of service on nominating and evaluation commissions as well as educational programs.

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