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Bill Detail: SB22-201

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Title Commission On Judicial Discipline
Status Governor Signed (05/20/2022)
Bill Subjects
  • Courts & Judicial
House Sponsors T. Carver (R)
M. Weissman (D)
Senate Sponsors P. Lee (D)
R. Gardner (R)
House Committee Judiciary
Senate Committee Judiciary
Date Introduced 04/11/2022

A commission on judicial discipline (commission) is established
in current law pursuant to section 23 (3) of article VI of the state
constitution. The bill implements the commission by:
  • Specifying the duties of the commission;
  • Establishing and specifying the duties of an office of
judicial discipline (office) as an independent office within

the judicial department;
  • Authorizing the commission to appoint an executive
director of the office and specifying the duties of the
executive director;
  • Authorizing the commission to appoint and determine the
duties of special counsel, which may include representing
the people in formal proceedings;
  • Establishing immunity for commissioners;
  • Specifying when information should be shared among
offices within the judicial department responsible for
reviewing actions of current and potential judges and
  • Specifying duties of personnel within the judicial
department when they become aware of potential issues of
judicial discipline; and
  • Establishing a special cash fund and specifying sources of
money for the fund and uses of the money in the fund.
For rules, guidelines, and procedures relating to judicial discipline
adopted by the supreme court, the bill requires the supreme court to:
  • Provide the commission with notice and an opportunity to
object and, if the commission objects, to engage with the
commission in good-faith efforts to resolve differences;
  • Post notice of each rule, guideline, or procedure and allow
for public comment, including an opportunity for the public
to address the supreme court.
The bill creates the legislative interim committee on judicial
discipline to study Colorado's system of judicial discipline and make
recommendations for necessary changes to that system.
The bill clarifies that the disclosure of materials and information
to the state auditor pursuant to an investigation based on an allegation of
fraud by an employee or contracted individual does not cause the
materials and information to lose their status as privileged or confidential
based solely upon such disclosure.

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