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Judicial Selection in the States: Colorado

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News reports indicate that at least two members of the New Jersey Senate plan to introduced a constitutional amendment to require New Jersey supreme court...

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When Texas chief justice in his State of the Judiciary address brought up the issue of ending straight ticket voting (STV) for judicial races I...

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A plan to change the way Pennsylvania s appellate judges are picked has cleared the House Judiciary Committee, with amendments, earlier this week. HB 111...

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The Colorado judiciary is composed of a supreme court, a court of appeals, a district court, and various trial courts of limited jurisdiction. Under Colorado's original constitution, judges were elected by the people, but in 1966, voters approved a constitutional initiative calling for merit selection of judges. Under Colorado's merit selection system, judges are appointed by the governor from a list of nominees submitted by a judicial nominating commission, and judges stand for retention at least two years after their appointment. In 1988, the Colorado general assembly created judicial performance commissions throughout the state to provide voters with information about the performance of judicial retention candidates.