C.R.S. Section 13-5.3-103
Office of judicial discipline

  • created
  • executive director
  • duties
  • oversight
  • repeal


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The office of judicial discipline is established as an independent office housed within the department. The commission shall oversee the office.


Subject to the commission’s supervision, the office shall:


Staff and support the commission’s operations. The initial staffing includes the executive director, a full-time administrative support person, an attorney, and an investigator.


Receive requests for evaluation involving justices and judges;


Conduct public education efforts concerning the judicial discipline process and the recommendations made by the commission;


Engage in and provide educational background to the public, the department, judicial nominating commissions, and judicial performance commissions regarding the requirements of the code and the commission; and


Complete any other duties as assigned by the commission.


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The commission shall appoint an executive director of the office. The executive director:


Shall be admitted to practice law in the courts of this state and have practiced law in this state for at least ten years;


Shall not be involved in the private practice of law while serving as the executive director; and


Shall not appear as an attorney before the commission for a period of five years following service as the executive director.


The executive director serves at the pleasure of the commission. The executive director’s compensation is the same as the compensation the general assembly establishes for district court judges. The executive director shall hire additional staff for the office as necessary and as approved by the commission.


The executive director has the following duties:


Establish and maintain a permanent office;


Respond to inquiries about the commission or the code;


Advise the commission on the application and interpretation of the code and the rules;


Process requests for evaluation of judicial conduct;


Conduct or supervise evaluations and investigations as directed by the commission;


Advise the commission as to potential dispositional recommendations as may be requested by the commission;


Maintain commission records;


Maintain statistics concerning the operation of the commission and make them available to the commission;


Prepare the commission’s budget and, once approved by the commission, submit it to the joint budget committee of the general assembly;


Administer commission money and resources, including money in the commission on judicial discipline special cash fund;


Supervise commission staff;


Notify the appropriate appointing authority of vacancies on the commission;


Assist the commission in preparing an annual report of the commission’s activities for presentation to the commission, the supreme court, and the public;


Supervise special counsel, investigators, other experts, or personnel as directed by the commission, as they investigate and process matters before the commission and before the supreme court; and


Perform such other duties as required by the rules, this article 5.3, the rules promulgated by the commission, or the commission.


The department shall provide the commission and the office with office space in the Ralph L. Carr Colorado judicial center.


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Through June 30, 2024, the judicial department shall provide the commission and the office with accounting, budgeting, human resources, information technology, and payroll support to the same extent, without cost to the commission or the office, until those services can be provided to the commission and the office through the office of administrative services for independent agencies, created in section 13-100-102.


This subsection (4) is repealed, effective July 1, 2024.

Source: Section 13-5.3-103 — Office of judicial discipline - created - executive director - duties - oversight - repeal, https://leg.­colorado.­gov/sites/default/files/images/olls/crs2023-title-13.­pdf (accessed Oct. 20, 2023).

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Current through Fall 2024

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