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Bill Detail: HB23-1019

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Title Judicial Discipline Procedures And Reporting
Status Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary (01/09/2023)
Bill Subjects
  • Courts & Judicial
House Sponsors M. Weissman (D)
M. Lynch (R)
Senate Sponsors R. Gardner (R)
J. Gonzales (D)
House Committee Judiciary
Senate Committee
Date Introduced 01/09/2023
Summary

Legislative Interim Committee on Judicial Discipline. The bill
requires the rule-making committee that is established in the constitution
to propose rules for the commission on judicial discipline (commission)
to provide the commission with reasonable notice before proposing any
new rule or amendment and requires the committee to post notice of each
rule change and allow for public comment concerning proposed changes.
For the rules governing judicial discipline adjudicative board
(board) proceedings promulgated by the Colorado supreme court, the bill
requires the supreme court to provide the board with notice and an
opportunity to object and, if the board objects, to engage with the board
in good-faith efforts to resolve differences, and post notice of each rule,
guideline, or procedure and allow for public comment, including an
opportunity for the public to address the supreme court.
Current law requires the commission to maintain annual data and
statistics related to its work and judicial misconduct allegations. The bill
requires the commission to maintain additional information and requires
the commission to include the data and information in its annual report
and make the data and information available online in a searchable
format.
The bill repeals the statute establishing the legislative interim
committee on judicial discipline because the committee is not authorized
to meet after the 2022 legislative interim.
The bill permits a person to submit a request for evaluation of
judicial misconduct by mail or online. The office of judicial discipline
(office) is required to develop an online request for evaluation form that
is accessible from the commission's public website. The bill permits a
person to submit a confidential or anonymous request for evaluation.
The bill establishes a process for the office to provide
complainants with information about the judicial discipline process and
about the status of the complainant's request and any subsequent
investigation and disciplinary or adjudicative process.
The bill requires a judge member of a board panel hearing a
judicial discipline proceeding to provide administrative staff support for
the panel.

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