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History of Reform Efforts: Colorado

Altering Selection Methods

The selection method for Colorado judges is prescribed in the constitution, as are term lengths for judges of the supreme court and district courts. The term length for court of appeals judges is established by statute. Moving away from merit selection or changing the term lengths of supreme court and district court judges would require a constitutional amendment. Amendments may be proposed in either house of the general assembly and must be approved by two thirds of the members of each house. Amendments may also be proposed by an initiative petition signed by voters in an amount equal to at least 5% of votes cast for the office of secretary of state in the last general election. Proposed amendments must be ratified by a majority of voters.