Colorado lawmakers seek constitutional change, ombudsman, open disciplinary hearings against judges

The Denver Gazette: A constitutional amendment proposed by a panel of Colorado legislators would create an independent three-person board to handle disciplinary hearings against judges, one of several recommendations to change how the state handles their discipline.

That board would be composed of a judge, a lawyer and a citizen connected to neither profession. Each member would be chosen randomly from a pool of 12 nominees — four in each category — appointed by the governor and the Supreme Court.

The amendment, which would require voter approval, would create the Independent Judicial Discipline Adjudicative Board as an autonomous agency within the Judicial Department, supplementing the existing Commission on Judicial Discipline, according to draft copies of the resolution made public Friday.

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