Colorado Supreme Court justices publicly back more independent judicial discipline process

The Denver Gazette: Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Brian Boatright and his successor, Justice Monica Márquez, on Thursday repeatedly reiterated to lawmakers their willingness to divest judicial discipline from the court’s control, saying it was important in rebuilding the public’s trust in the judiciary.

Following nearly five hours of testimony, the Senate judiciary committee delayed until next week any vote on a bill that would independently fund the Colorado Commission on Judicial Discipline and create a committee to study further changes, including an amendment to the state Constitution to make it fully independent.

In a rare appearance before legislators outside of typical annual budget hearings, the justices for nearly two hours testified that they welcomed a “really independent office of judicial discipline” and lauded the creation of a committee to study further changes.

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