June 25, 2019

Colorado Judicial Institute Seeks Nominations for 2016 Judicial Excellence Awards

CJIOn Tuesday, March 8, 2016, the Colorado Judicial Institute announced that it is seeking nominations for its 2016 Judicial Excellence Awards. The awards acknowledge the efforts of Colorado’s outstanding jurists in three categories: district court judge, county court judge, and magistrate. Nominations may be submitted by justices, judges, magistrates, attorneys, clerks, court staff, and others closely involved with Colorado’s judicial system. The nomination form is available online at the Colorado Judicial Institute website.

The Colorado Judicial Institute set forth criteria for evaluating nominees in each category. The district court judge nominees should have five years’ experience on the district court bench; be creative and innovative in dealing with courtroom processes; exemplify high standards of judicial excellence through a distinguished career; display extraordinary courage, tenacity, and energy in dealing with high-profile, controversial, or difficult cases; objectively, expeditiously, and efficiently manage cases and dockets; and be recognized by members of the bar, courtroom staff, and others as respectful and even-handed but in firm control of the courtroom. County court judge nominees should have five years of experience as a judicial officer in the state court system and currently work full- or part-time; efficiently, expeditiously, and objectively manage cases and dockets; be recognized by members of the bar, courtroom staff, and others as respectful and even-handed but in firm control of the courtroom; and be respected by and have the confidence of other judges, attorneys, court staff, and others. Nominees for the magistrate award should have three years of full- or part-time experience on the bench; explain the law in terms understood by everyone who appears in the courtroom; possess a demeanor and attitude of court accessibility to all; display a high level of open communication; efficiently, objectively, and expeditiously manage cases and dockets; and be respected by and have the confidence of judges, lawyers, court staff, and others.

For more information about the Judicial Excellence Awards and to fill out the nomination form, click here.

Colorado Judicial Institute Seeks Nominations for 2013 Judicial Excellence Awards

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.