July 19, 2019

SB 16-153: Encouraging Nominating Commissions to Give Preferences to Attorneys in the County for County Court Vacancies

On March 11, 2016, Sen. Larry Crowder and Rep. Jim Wilson introduced SB 16-153Concerning Nominees for County Court Judges. The bill was assigned to the House Judiciary Committee. It passed through both the House and Senate without amendments and is awaiting the governor’s signature.

This bill encourages judicial district nominating commissions to give preference to attorneys who reside in the county in which the vacancy occurs.

Specifically, under C.R.S. § 13-6-206(2), the amended bill provides that if a vacancy opens for a county judge, the judicial district nominating commission should give preference to (1) persons who reside in the county in which the vacancy occurs, and (2) persons who have been admitted to practice law in the State of Colorado.

Mark Proust is a 2016 J.D. Candidate at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

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