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Judicial Excellence Awards

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Since 2000, CJI's Judicial Excellence Awards have recognized the work of outstanding Colorado district court judges, county court judges, and magistrates. Click here to meet our past honorees.

The awards are based on nominations from their peers in the judiciary, court staff, attorneys, and the citizens of Colorado. Awardees are celebrated at CJI's Judicial Excellence for Colorado Gala Dinner each fall. 

Award criteria reflect the high standards of Colorado's judicial system, including but not limited to:

  • Managing cases and dockets efficiently, expeditiously, humanely, and objectively while remaining in firm control of courtroom activities.
  • Displaying a high level of open communication with a demeanor and attitude that makes the courts accessible to all.
  • Being an innovator who is creative in dealing with courtroom processes.

In addition, nominees shall have served at minimum: 

  • District Court Judge nominees: three years of full-time experience on the District Court bench.
  • County Court Judge nominees: three years of experience as judicial officers in the state court system and can be either part-time or full-time judges.
  • Magistrate nominees: three years of part-time or full-time experience on the bench.

CJI strives to ensure that the Judicial Excellence Awards reflect all of Colorado’s diversity.

Submit a Nomination

The nominations deadline is May 22, 2024.

New for 2024: Celebrate Colorado's Court Success Stories!

Beyond honoring judicial excellence through our awards, we invite you to spotlight achievements within Colorado's courts that deserve recognition. We're eager to hear about individuals and groups who are:

  • Improving access to legal services for underserved communities.
  • Pioneering processes or technology that enhance our courtrooms.
  • Advocating for and fostering diversity in Colorado's courts.
  • Advancing Colorado's courts to better serve our citizens!

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