Colorado Courts lack of accountability, transparency highlighted: Colorado Supreme Court Justice Nancy Rice makes Watchdog list of “Scariest People of 2015”
December 30, 2015 by Lulu
NO ACCOUNTABILITY: The Colorado courts have exempted themselves from open records laws and Chief Justice Nancy Rice has refused repeated requests to discuss the lack of accountability.In 2012, the Colorado Court of Appeals decided the Colorado Open Records Act doesn’t apply to the courts. For two years, anyone requesting budgets, travel expenses and other records was at the whim of whatever judicial department had the records. Eventually, the courts set up a Public Access Committee to draft their own rules, but the panel had no members from the public — only judicial employees — formulating the policy. The eventual internal rules were far short of CORA in key areas such as full access to investigations of judicial employee wrongdoing.