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Romanoff v. State Commission on Judicial Performance (2006)

Brief Case Summary: 

A controversy arose where four appointed commissioners attempted to fill two of the ten seats of the State Commission on Judicial Performance Evaluation. Two respondents were appointed by newly elected Senate President Joan Fitz-Gerald and Speaker of the House Andrew Romanoff. The other two respondents were appointed by former Senate President John Andrews and former Speaker of the House Lola Spradley. The four appointed commissioners seeking to fill two seats, placed the State Commission work at a standstill. The Commission had been unable to select a chairperson, or a co-chairperson, and was not able to begin its statutory work to evaluate and prepare narrative profiles and recommendations for five judges on the court of appeals eligible for retention in this election year.

For more a complete summary and decision, please refer to the Colorado Supreme Court Decision listed below.

Colorado Supreme Court Opinion: In re: Romanoff v. State Commission on Judicial Performance (PDF)