The Colorado Judicial Institute is accepting nominations for the 2013 Judicial Excellence Awards. There are three Judicial Excellence Awards: one for a district court judge, one for a county court judge, and one for a magistrate. Past recipients include Hon. Terry Ruckriegle, Hon. C. Jean Stewart, Chief Judge Robert S. Hyatt, and Chief Judge Roxanne Bailin.
Criteria for the district court judge award include: the judge must have five years of experience on the district court bench, be an innovator who creatively deals with courtroom processes, efficiently and expeditiously manage a docket, exemplify the highest standards of judicial excellence, and be recognized as respectful and even-handed by members of the bar and court personnel.
County court judge nominees must have five years of experience on the county court bench, efficiently and expeditiously manage court dockets, be recognized by their peers as respectful and even-handed, and be respected by other judges and court staff.
Magistrate award nominees must have three years of experience on the bench (full- or part-time), be able to explain the law in terms understandable to everyone in the courtroom, possess a demeanor that makes court accessible to all, have a high level of open communication, efficiently and expeditiously manage a docket, and be respected by other judges, lawyers, and staff.
Nomination forms are available on the Colorado Judicial Institute website. The nomination period closes on May 2, 2013.