Colorado’s highest court is the Colorado Supreme Court. The court has six associate justices and one chief justice, who is selected by majority vote of the supreme court justices. (Source: Colorado Supreme Court; Colorado Constitution)
The governor appoints Colorado Supreme Court justices from a list provided by a judicial nominating commission. After at least two years on the court, the justice stands in an unopposed yes/no retention vote in Colorado’s next general election. Justices serve 10-year terms and can stand for additional terms through retention elections. The governor fills interim vacancies from a list provided by the judicial nominating commission. The mandatory retirement age is 72.
Colorado’s first and only constitution was adopted in 1876. As of January 1, 2022, it had 167 amendments. (Source: Council of State Governments)
Two new explainers examine voting rights under state constitutions and how state courts oversee ballot initiatives.
State courts — and to some degree federal courts — play a significant role in every stage of the direct democracy process.
All but one state constitution affirmatively establishes a right to vote.
The decision marks the first time a supreme court has addressed the constitutionality of warrants asking search companies to identify everyone who ran a given search.