Weissman and Carver: Coloradans will have the chance to reform judicial discipline

The Denver Post: Independent oversight is key to the maintenance of trust in any institution, especially public institutions.

Reporting in The Denver Post and other news outlets raised serious issues regarding the judicial discipline process. As members of the legislature, we found that Colorado’s decades-old judicial discipline system did not meet the modern standards of independence and public accountability necessary for public trust.

We, along with our legislative colleagues, have worked to change that. In our 2022 legislative session, we passed a bi-partisan bill, Senate Bill 201, that established independent funding for the Commission on Judicial Discipline. The bill passed the legislature with 94 “yes” votes out of 100. It requires the judicial branch to share key information with the commission and requires the commission to report to the legislature for purposes of ongoing oversight.

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