Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Bender delivered his first State of the Judiciary address before a joint session of the Colorado General Assembly on Friday. During the speech, Bender lauded the accomplishments of the judiciary over the last year and acknowledging the challenges it continues to face in the new year.
Law Week Colorado reports that, while affirming the diminishing resources available to the courts due to the economic downturn, Bender stressed Colorado courts’ ability to strengthen their operations by increasing efficiency.
Access to justice is another major concern for Bender, who took over as Chief Justice just six weeks ago; both individuals and businesses are finding increased difficulty in utilizing the civil justice system. Additionally, while discovery costs are often prohibitive and too few cases actually make it to trial as a result, the proposed Civil Access Pilot Project would help alleviate many of these problems.
Bender plans to visit all twenty-two judicial districts in the state to get feedback and solicit advice in an ongoing effort to keep up employee morale at the judicial branch.
Text of Justice Benders full remarks can be found here.