Despite new directive, Colorado judicial branch refuses documents others provide

From  The Colorado Judicial Branch has denied records under its new administrative records policies that other state agencies have or would have had to produce under the Colorado Open Records Act.

After the interim administrative records policy was instituted by Chief Justice Nancy Rice last month, asked for a series of records that judicial officials had previously denied, citing the branch’s self-exemption from CORA.

Earlier this year, judicial officials denied access to documents pertaining to the costs to defend Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes, calendars for Rice to determine how much time she spends at work and even time sheets for a public defender employee who taught on state time. The new internal judicial policy did little to prompt the release of the information.

Steve Zansberg, Denver media attorney and president of the Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition, said the denial of time cards departs significantly from what is public under CORA.

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