Colorado judicial elections

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Judges in Colorado stand for retention at the end of each term. These elections are held during the November general election in even-numbered years.

Newly appointed judges serve a provisional term of at least two years before being required to run for retention in the next general election.[1]

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Retention election - 10 year terms Retention election - 8 year terms Retention election - 6 year terms Retention election - 4 year terms

Judicial performance evaluation

Evaluation procedures for the state's judges were created by statute, in 1988, by the Colorado General Assembly. The goal was to provide fair, responsible and constructive evaluations of trial and appellate judges and justices which voters could use when voting for judges running for retention. Judges are evaluated in the following categories: integrity, legal knowledge, communication skills, judicial temperament, administrative performance and service to the legal profession and public.[2]

Criticism of process

There are critics of the state's method for evaluating judges. The most common complaint is that the evaluations are simply "rubber stamps" for judges standing for retention. To learn more about this viewpoint, see: The Denver Post, "Evaluating the performance of justices," February 15, 2010.


Election results are posted on the Colorado Secretary of State website. County results are posted on the county elections pages.



See also


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