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1F98917AEAE1DDDE872586B70061B00D Hearing Summary


Date Apr 14, 2021      
Location SCR 352

HB21-1136 - Referred to Senate Appropriations

11:47:04 AM  

Senators Gardner and Lee, co-prime sponsors, explained Hosue Bill 21-1136, concerning modifications to the policies governing judicial division retirees returning to temporary judicial duties, and in connection therewith, making an appropriation.  The bill sponsors discussed the backlog of cases in Colorado courts due to COVID-19 and the contributions of senior judges.



11:52:22 AM  

Ms Jeni Dees, representing Mama bears llc., testified in opposition to the bill.  She raised concerns about judicial corruption. 


Mr. Chris Forsyth, representing The Judicial Integrity Project, testified in opposition to the bill.  He raised concerns about oversight of senior judges and accountability. 


Committee members asked questions about how to address the court backlog. 



12:07:32 PM  

Discussion followed about judicial appointments and allocation formulas. 

12:09:57 PM  

Steven Vasconcellos, State Court Administrator, Judicial Branch, testified in support of the bill.  He discussed how the bill intends to address the court backlog with the use of senior judges. 

Committee members asked questions about resources and the judge appointment process. 


Written testimony can be in found in Attachment C. 


12:19:32 PM  

Committee discussion continued about contract judges, judicial appointments, and the jury trial backlog. 

12:27:01 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 21-1136 to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Gardner
Cooke Yes
Gardner Yes
Rodriguez Yes
Gonzales Yes
Lee Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS

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