Select a State:

State of Colorado

History of Reform Efforts: Colorado

Active Organizations

Colorado Bar Association

League of Women Voters of Colorado

Colorado Judicial Institute
Founded in 1979, the Colorado Judicial Institute is a non-profit organization "dedicated to furthering public understanding of the Colorado judicial system and preserving and enhancing the independence and excellence of the Colorado courts." In 1984, 1986, and 1988, the CJI distributed statewide a voters' guide that provided biographical and other pertinent information about judges seeking retention. Also in the early 1980s, the CJI conducted a pilot program that evaluated trial judges in a single judicial district. This program was the precursor to the performance evaluation program established by the general assembly in 1988. In 1997, the CJI conducted a survey of past and present judicial nominating commissioners in the state to determine whether the commissions were operating in accordance with the objectives of the merit selection system. The CJI operates a 501(c)(4) corporation that can engage in political activities, including the raising of funds to counter those who seek judicial term limits or a return to judicial elections. The corporation coordinates its efforts with the Colorado Bar Association and other concerned organizations. In 2006, CJI was active in the opposition to Amendment 40, which would have imposed retroactive ten-year term limits for appellate judges.