Testimony: Colorado judicial discipline system should be scrapped and rebuilt

The Denver Gazette: Colorado’s current method of investigating and disciplining judges should be scrapped for a more independent and transparent process that the public would have a hand in controlling, advocates for reform on Tuesday told a legislative committee studying the process.

Additionally, Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Brian Boatright might have violated several rules of judicial conduct by frequently offering his opinion about a scandal that’s gripped the Judicial Department for three years, a retired chief judge who once served on the state’s commission for judicial discipline testified.

“The walls between the (Colorado Commission on Judicial Discipline) and public should come down,” said Chris Forsyth, executive director of The Judicial Integrity Project. “Reduce the appearance that courts are for the wealthy and the elite. This is the path toward judicial integrity.”

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