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Colorado Legislature Passes HB17-1303

HB17-1303 concerning Judicial Performance Evaluation System And Commissions was introduced in the Colorado House on March 28th, 2017.  The bill passed out of the House and Senate. The Governor signed the bill into law on June 5, 2017. To see the enacted House Bill 17-1303  go to: http://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb17-1303.  The Act will take effect  August 9, 2017.


Judicial Performance Evaluations

Justice is blind.  You don't have to be.  In our state, you have the right to make an informed vote on whether judges stay on the bench or not.  Your vote helps to keep our courts free and fair.  Know your judges.  Vote your judges.In our work, we all deserve to be judged on our skills and performance. Judges are no different. So Colorado developed a process to fairly and accurately evaluate each judge’s work and report that back to you. Then you can make an informed decision when you vote.

Judicial evaluations are based on courtroom observations, a review of written decisions, an interview with the judge, case management reports, and judicial evaluations responses from attorneys and non-attorneys who have experience before the judge. A performance commission conducts the evaluation and makes a recommendation to voter about retention and  provides voters information about the judge’s experience and performance on the bench. Voters can also review the results of the judicial surveys at www.OJPE.org

Public Education and Outreach

When the legislature created Commissions on Judicial Performance and the Office of Judicial Performance Evaluation in 1988, they did so in part to provide voters information on judge performance when voting for judges on the ballot.  In 2016 the Office of Judicial Performance Evaluation and the Colorado Broadcasters Association, through their non-commercial supporting announcements program, created television and radio announcements to draw voters’ attention to  judicial performance evaluations.


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