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State Commission Seeks Public Input

The State Commission on Judicial Performance seeks citizen's input on Colorado's Judicial Performance Evaluation program.  This input will help guide us as we pursue legislation to renew the program's governing statute (CRS 13-5.5-101 et. seq.) which sunsets in 2019. 

Please add your voice by completing the Program Feedback Form here.


Colorado Legislature Introduces HB17-1303

HB17-1303 concerning Judicial Performance Evaluation System And Commissions was introduced in the Colorado House on March 28th, 2017.  The bill is assigned to the House Judiciary Committee and the first hearing is anticipated in the next couple of weeks. To see how  House Bill 17-1303 changes the current sytem go to: http://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb17-1303


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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