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HB20-1026:Create Twenty-third Judicial District

Criminal Justice
Bill Number: HB20-1026
Year: 2020
ACLU Position: Support
Sponsors: K. Van Winkle /M. Weissman /R. Fields/ R. Gardner

Description:

Effective January 1, 2025, the bill:
• Removes Douglas, Elbert, and Lincoln counties from the
eighteenth judicial district;
• Creates a twenty-third judicial district composed of those
counties;
• Specifies the number of district court judges for that
district; and
• Reduces the number of district court judges for the eighteenth judicial district.
Effective July 1, 2025, the bill increases the number of judges in the twenty-third judicial district by one.
The bill specifies that at the election in November of 2024:
• There will be an election for the district attorney for the
eighteenth judicial district from the electors of Arapahoe
county;
• There will be an election for the district attorney for the
twenty-third judicial district from the electors of the
counties of Douglas, Elbert, and Lincoln; and
• Any district court judge of the eighteenth judicial district
who is eligible for retention may stand for retention
election from the electors of the eighteenth judicial district.
The bill clarifies that a district judge of the current eighteenth
judicial district who is not up for a retention election in 2024 continues
to serve as a district court judge for the remainder of the judge’s current
term, but the judge serves in the judicial district in which the judge
resides.
For the State Measurement for Accountable, Responsive, and
Transparent (SMART) Government Act hearings from 2021 through
2025, the bill directs the judicial department to consult with the counties
of the eighteenth judicial district and report on its progress in making the
system changes necessary to create the twenty-third judicial district, and
for the SMART Act hearing in 2026, directs the judicial department to
prepare a final report on how the creation of the new district went
including recommendations to the general assembly on how future
changes to a judicial district might be made.


Current Status:

Governor Signed (03/20/2020)
Sent to the Governor (03/16/2020)
Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments (02/28/2020)
House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments (02/06/2020)
House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor (02/05/20)
House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole (02/04/20)
House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations (01/23/2020)



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