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Old 10-17-2012, 05:03 PM
 
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I'am new to Colorado and before I vote I would like to know if the col. State courts are liberal or conservative or neutral.
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Old 10-17-2012, 05:55 PM
 
Location: Pueblo - Colorado's Second City
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That is a good question. I never really thought about it.
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Old 10-17-2012, 07:30 PM
 
Location: The 719
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They HAVE TO be neutral because the state courts are part of the judicial branch. If they show political bias, then they need to be fired, ousted, etc.
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Old 10-17-2012, 08:03 PM
 
Location: Pueblo - Colorado's Second City
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Good point
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Old 10-17-2012, 08:17 PM
 
Location: Eastern Colorado
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For the most part the state courts seem pretty close to neutral, occasionally you will hear about decisions that seem slanted politically but those are usually overturned pretty quickly.
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Old 10-18-2012, 10:28 AM
 
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Thanks in part to Colorado's ongoing and escalating fiscal mess, the one certain thing about the Colorado Court system is that it is hopelessly overburdened with cases. The result is that many cases, including very serious felonies get "pled out" to almost comically minor charges; also, there are often insufficient personnel to property administer things like restitution, etc.

Civil cases, including things like divorce proceedings, can sometimes take up to a couple of years to get a court date. The Courts are doing the best that they can, but they are another part of Colorado where out-of-control growth that is not paying for itself is destroying the ability of the system to function correctly.
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Old 10-18-2012, 04:53 PM
 
Location: CO
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I'am new to Colorado and before I vote I would like to know if the col. State courts are liberal or conservative or neutral.
A helpful site to let you draw your own conclusions. . .

Check out the Colorado Office of Judicial Performance Evaluation.

Last edited by suzco; 10-18-2012 at 05:16 PM.. Reason: Add the original question
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Old 10-19-2012, 12:07 PM
 
Location: The 719
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Ditto that Jazz and good link Suzco.

That reminds me... the retention of judges is on the ballot so become informed about them so you can vote accordingly.

Last edited by McGowdog; 10-19-2012 at 12:59 PM..
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Old 10-31-2012, 11:21 AM
 
Location: CO
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A helpful site to let you draw your own conclusions. . .

Check out the Colorado Office of Judicial Performance Evaluation.
Here's another good site to help you make your decisions about Judges:

Know Your Judge
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We think you deserve impartial, nonpartisan information about the judges ballot. This site has been created for you as a resource to help you make an informed decision.

KnowYourJudge.com is sponsored by the Colorado Bar Association, in partnership with the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System, the Colorado Judicial Institute, and the League of Women Voters® of Colorado Education Fund.
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Old 10-31-2012, 12:50 PM
 
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My wife works in the Colorado court system. They are required to be impartial/neutral. They are encouraged to vote but prohibited from working publicly with any candidate. They can't put up signs, bumper stickers, or anything.

I would have to check with my wife on how busy the courts are here. She has worked in a number of rural Colorado courts and none of them have seemed particularly overburdened. I would imagine that the big city courts are the busiest.

Pleading does take place alot but busy courts isn't the sole reason. I get a sense that is a much more complicated issue.
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