DENVER, Colorado - A bill sponsored by Rep. Millie Hamner, D-Dillon, to add a new district judge position and support staff for the 9th Judicial District successfully passed through the state House Judiciary Committee on Jan. 17.
HB13-1035 came in response to a request from the Colorado Department of Justice in an effort to deal with rising caseloads and understaffed departments.
The 9th District takes in Pitkin, Garfield and Rio Blanco counties. The bill would also ad a judge position and support staff to the 5th Judicial District, which takes in Eagle, Summit, Clear Creek and Lake counties.
"Right now, these district judges have extremely heavy caseloads, and this bill will help ensure every judge has and is able to give the proper time and attention to their cases," Rep. Hamner said. "This bill will make our judicial system more efficient and speed up the process for people going through the court system in those areas."
The 5th District last received a new district judge in 2005 and its caseload has grown by by 71 percent. The 9th District last received a new district judge in 2009 and its caseload is up by 68 percent.