Your Vote Matters
You have the right to decide which of our state court judges should stay at their jobs and which shouldn’t, just as you do with official in all other branches of government.
The only difference is judges stand in a retention election where your vote answers the simple question “should the judge be retained; Yes/No? If a majority votes “yes” the judge stays on their job. If the majority votes “no” a new judge is appointed by the governor from candidates selected by a nominating commission as a person qualified to serve the public as a judge.
By exercising that right with an informed vote, you ensure that our tradition of fair and impartial courts continues.
Judicial Performance Evaluations
In our work, we all deserve to be judged on our skills and performance. Judges are no different. So our state 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 also 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
To maintain and improve the quality of courts in Colorado, we all have a duty to vote for the judges who appear on the ballot in each general election. Remember to make it to the bottom of the ballot and exercise your right to vote for the judges who serve your state and community.
The rights of all of us are at stake if our courts don’t work. Your vote for judges ensures our courts uphold the highest standards of fairness and integrity. Your vote reminds judges there is a system to monitor their performance and that they are accountable you, the public.