March 24, 2018

Chief Justice Nancy Rice to Retire from Colorado Supreme Court

On Wednesday, March 7, 2018, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced that Chief Justice Nancy Rice will retire from the state’s high court, effective June 30, 2018. Justice Rice has been on the Colorado Supreme Court for nearly 20 years, and has been Chief Justice for the past three and a half years. Prior to her appointment to the Colorado Supreme Court, she was a Denver District Court judge for 11 years, from 1987 to 1998. Before taking the bench, she was an Assistant United States Attorney from 1977 to 1987 and was the Deputy Chief of the Appellate Division in the Colorado U.S. Attorney’s Office from 1985 to 1987. She has also served as a deputy state public defender. She received her undergraduate degree from Tufts College and her law degree from the University of Utah College of Law.

Justice Rice has accomplished many feats during her tenure as Chief Justice. She has overseen completion of electronic filing systems for civil and criminal cases, and has advocated for new funding for probation officers and programs to help implement evidence-based programs. She has worked with the General Assembly to help courthouses obtain funding for improvements and new construction in order to enhance security, efficiency, and comfort. She has also formed commissions and task forces to address issues important to the Judicial Department and the public, including a blue ribbon commission to study bail and other pretrial release services, and a task force to study truancy and reduce the number of children ordered to detention in truancy cases. Additionally, she received funding from the General Assembly to increase the number of language interpreters in Colorado courts.

Applications will soon be accepted for the upcoming vacancy on the Colorado Supreme Court. For additional information about Justice Rice’s retirement, click here.