Colorado Judicial Institute

Your donation will assist the Colorado Judicial Institute (CJI) in its mission to preserve and enhance judicial excellence and to ensure the Colorado courts meet the needs of the people by providing continuing legal education to the Colorado Judicial Department.

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General Information

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Official Name
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Former Name(s)
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Acronym
CJI
Date Established
1979
Offers Additional Colorado State Tax Credit
None
Tax ID
74-2119505
Addresses
Headquarters Address
P.O. Box 118
Broomfield, CO 80038
Colorado Location
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Mailing Address
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Phone/Fax
Main Phone Number
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Fax Number
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Other Phone Number
(303) 766-7501
Web/Email
Email
Amy@ColoradoJudicialInstitute.org
Website
www.coloradojudicialinstitute.org
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Mission Statement

The Colorado Judicial Institute's mission is to preserve and enhance the fairness, impartiality and excellence of Colorado's courts, to further public understanding of the Colorado judicial system, and to ensure that the courts meet the needs of the people.

Testimonials

The Colorado Judicial Institute's mission is to preserve and enhance the fairness, impartiality and excellence of Colorado's courts, to further public understanding of the Colorado judicial system, and to ensure that the courts meet the needs of the people.

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Accomplishments:

1. One of CJI's missions is to provide public education regarding Colorado's Judicial Merit Selection/Retention system. This citizen-involved process helps ensure that Colorado judges are highly qualified, fair and impartial. It is the gold standard that safeguards equal treatment for all Coloradans coming into court. CJI increased its public education opportunities to include the following programs:

* Our Courts produced a video to be shown to new U.S. citizens at monthly naturalization ceremonies. Our Courts, a joint activity of the Colorado Bar Association and CJI, makes nonpartisan presentations to English and Spanish-speaking audiences regarding Colorado's state and federal courts.

* CJI and its partners created a committee to find ways to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Colorado's Judicial Merit Selection System. The voter approved constitutional amendment passed November 8, 1966.

* CJI sponsored Legal Resource Day, a program providing court knowledge through information, education and preparation. This program provides excellent information to those individuals wishing to represent themselves in court.

* CJI and its partners continued to maintain and update the "Know Your Judge" website, www.knowyourjudge.com. The intent of this website is to provide access to information to voters so they can cast an informed vote in a retention election.

* CJI was a proud sponsor of Women in Law, a program developed by the Colorado Women Hall of Fame.

* CJI's board of directors unanimously approved to partner with the Informed Voters Project, a non-partisan voter education project to increase the knowledge of citizens regarding the judicial system.

2. CJI's Judicial Education Fund awarded over $33,000 in scholarship funding to the Colorado Judicial Branch for continuing education, contributing to the excellence of Colorado's courts. All 22 of Colorado's judicial districts were represented in addition to all levels of employees. Over 450 state judicial employees received a direct benefit from CJI funding. Since the inception of CJI's Judicial Education Fund, CJI has awarded nearly $400,000 in continuing educational funding.

3. One source of funding for CJI's Judicial Education Fund comes from the Annual Judicial Excellence for Colorado Dinner. Sponsorship income increased by 16% and ticket revenue increased by 25% over the previous year.

4. CJI's endowment trust increased 46% over the previous year.

Goals:

1. To expand CJI's reach in Colorado beyond the Denver metro area.

2. To seek out additional opportunities to educate the public about Colorado's judicial system.

3. To protect and enhance Colorado's merit selection/retention system.

4. To ensure that the people's needs are met by Colorado's courts.

5. To increase financial resources to support CJI and its programs.

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Increased financial resources is our greatest need.

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Founded in 1979, the Colorado Judicial Institute's (CJI) mission was quite limited: to protect and improve Colorado's Judicial Merit Selection system and to educate the public about the system. In the ensuing decades, CJI has expanded our focus to include not only public education, but research projects into the effectiveness of court procedures, research into the experiences of citizens appearing before the court, continuing professional education for judges and judicial department staff, the appropriate use of alternative dispute resolution, and public policy efforts in support of needed court improvements and projects.

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The Colorado Judicial Institute (CJI) is unique in the fact that it is funded entirely by private funds versus public funds. Once individuals understand Colorado's judicial merit selection/retention system, they appreciate the importance of preserving and protecting Colorado's judicial system and are eager to support CJI.

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I am delighted to write this letter of support to Colorado Gives on behalf of the Colorado Judicial Institute. We are a 501(c)(3) organization in its 38th year, dedicated to furthering the public's understanding of Colorado's much respected, merit -based selection of our judiciary.

Admittedly, the judicial branch of our government is perhaps the least understood of the three branches of government. One of CJI's goals is to raise that level of awareness and appreciation of the judiciary and merit-based selection. This system allows Colorado's governor, after a long and difficult bi-partisan vetting process, to appoint judges based on merit, rather than money or politics. These judicial officers are then subject to review and retention by the voters of Colorado.

An equally important goal of CJI is to further support our judiciary in continuing education. Now, some would ask 'why do judges need to further their education and exposure to different areas of law?' Good question. Because being a judge requires a wholly different skill and mindset than being a lawyer. Generally speaking, we, the public, view judges as wise men and women, sitting high atop their benches in black billowing robes and serving up justice. But they come to their new jobs and, as with any new employee coming into a new position, there is a significant learning curve that needs to take place.

Moving from being a lawyer to being a judge is a huge transition, and they need to learn how to do it. Attending cutting edge seminars and state of the art programs are vital to staying abreast of innovations in the law, which are ever changing, is crucial. CJI also provides funding for the award winning "Our Courts" which furthers public knowledge and understanding of the state and federal courts in Colorado.

Additionally, CJI serves as a guardian to threats against our merit based selection process which would only serve to undo the objectivity and excellence of Colorado courts by once again subjecting them to politics, damaging campaigns and even worse, campaign fundraising. Impartiality is perhaps the most important part of being a judge, and if there is even the slightest concern of a judge being partial to one side or the other because of campaign contributions, the whole integrity of the Colorado judiciary might be called into question, and we need to protect it.

All of this costs money and we're asking for your help.

Through your donation, please help CJI to continue its efforts to enhance the excellence and objectivity of Colorado courts, while preserving Colorado's judicial merit selection and retention system.

Many thanks.

With Kind Regards,

Barbara B. Randell | Chair, Colorado Judicial Institute

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The Colorado Judicial Department is grateful to have access to these funds. Our state has really great judges who want to be their best for their constituents and we expect so much of them. But with the constantly changing demands in our society, the state doesn't always have the best educational resources for them.
-- Jennifer Mendoza, the Judicial Educator Coordinator for the Office of the Colorado State Court Administration

Organization History

Founded in 1979, CJI's original mission was quite limited: to protect and improve Colorado's Judicial Merit Selection system and to educate the public about the system. In the ensuing decades, the Colorado Judicial Institute has expanded our focus to include not only public education, but research projects into the effectiveness of court procedures, research into the experiences of citizens appearing before the court, continuing professional education for judges and judicial department staff, the appropriate use of alternative dispute resolution, and public policy efforts in support of needed court improvements and projects.

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