In celebration of over a half-century of fair and impartial courts in the state, more than 600 people gathered for the Colorado Judicial Institute’s 15th Annual Judicial Excellence for Colorado awards dinner at the Denver Marriott City Center Oct. 18.
Founded in 1979, CJI’s mission is to protect and improve Colorado’s judicial merit-based system and annually recognize judges and magistrates who have succeeded in ensuring the system is fair and impartial.
Former Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Bender of the CJI Judicial Excellence Awards Committee announced this year’s four jurists and stressed the importance of recognizing some of the state’s unbiased and trustworthy judges and magistrates.
“Despite the national concern and the degree of rule of law, there are judges all throughout the state of Colorado that are working every day to make sure every person that comes into that courthouse … gets a fair (chance) and apply the rule of law. So, I think we are extremely lucky for that,” Bender said.