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Abolishing Probate #3: Chris Forsyth & Judicial Integrity Project

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Abolishing Probate #3:  Our guest will be Chris Forsyth of the Judicial Integrity Project.org

"In the state of Colorado the discipline commission dismisses 97% of complaints against judges. That’s because our Supreme Court writes the rules for the commission and the executive director of the commission reports to the Supreme Court. Bad judges have little to worry about in Colorado.

Although the American Bar Association and American Judicature Society recommend public judicial discipline proceedings, Colorado’s system is dark. 35 states have public judicial discipline proceedings because it creates public trust. But in Colorado it’s actually harder to obtain documents about a judge than any other public servant.

Why? Because the judges made their own rules about their records and the legislature let the judges get away with it.

There are other issues that need to be addressed in Colorado's judicial branch as well. From 'retired' unaccountable judges still serving on the bench to the judicial branch excepting itself from Colorado's Open Records Act, we have a lot of work to do to improve the system.

And that's not even mentioning our state court administrator's office that has an annual budget that exceeds 500 million dollars. It's run by an unelected official who's already misled the legislature to the tune of millions of taxpayer dollars."

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