Colorado Judge Term Limits (2008)

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Colorado Judge Term Limits was an initiated constitutional amendment that would have required Judges to be limited to serving three 4-year terms in addition to their provisional 2-year term; and the new measure would not apply retroactively to judges.

Proponents of the measure acknowledged May 2, 2008, that they would not have sufficient signatures by the May 14 deadline to get the measure on the ballot.[1]

Former State Senate President John Andrews said his committee, Limit the Power, lacked enough money to pay signature-gathers, making it impossible for the group to meet a May 14 deadline. "Court reform will have to wait another year," Andrews said.[1]

The official ballot title of the initiative read:

An amendment to the Colorado constitution limiting terms for state court judges, and, in connection therewith, making a full term of office four years for justices of the supreme court, judges of the court of appeals, district court judges, county court judges, judges of the probate and juvenile courts of Denver, and any other state court judge with jurisdiction inferior to the supreme court; and limiting judges who are retained after January 1, 2010, from serving for more than three full terms of office at the same judicial level after January 1, 2010.

Proponents

Former Senate President John Andrews. He worked with Limit the Judges to recruit local leaders and begin a fundraising campaign to raise $2 million to run the initiative.

Amendment 40

Senate President John Andrews was making another attempt to place a term limits measure on the ballot to rein in an "out of control" judiciary.[2] Andrews ran a previous election, Amendment 40, campaign for the 2006 election cycle trying limit Judges terms. Amendment 40 would have placed a "10 years and out" term on state Supreme Court Justices and Appeals Court judges. Colorado voters defeated Andrew's the 2006 judicial term limits measure, which garnered 43% of the vote.

Status

Proponents of the measure acknowledged May 2, 2008, that they would not have sufficient signatures by the May 14 deadline to get the measure on the ballot.[1]

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