Sunday, February 17, 2008

Levy's Judge Bill Moves On

A bill by Rep. Claire Levy, D-Boulder, to prevent judges on county courts from hearing cases in which a party is a current or former judge of the same court was approved by a House committee last week.

HB 1193, which the sponsor said is an effort to further bolster public confidence in the impartiality of the judiciary, was unanimously approved by the House Judiciary Committee Feb. 15.

Levy had been criticized last autumn after a Boulder judge awarded title to land owned by Don and Susie Kirlin to a former judge of the same court and his wife.

Levy has said that she introduced HB 1193 to reassure the public that all means reasonably available to assure judicial neutrality are made available by the law.