9th Judicial District would get new judge if bill clears Legislature

DENVER — The 9th Judicial District would get a new judge under a bill that cleared its first committee on Thursday.

The House Judiciary Committee unanimously approved a measure that would increase from four to five the number of judges in the district, which includes Garfield, Rio Blanco and Pitkin counties.

The district’s chief judge, Berkley Boyd, told the committee the extra judge is needed to handle a tremendous growth in case load before the courts there.

The increase also would include three additional court workers to help run the new judge’s courtroom.

The bill, introduced by Rep. Millie Hamner, D-Frisco, and Sen. Gail Schwartz, D-Snowmass Village, also includes a new judge and court staff in the 5th Judicial District, which includes Eagle, Clear Creek, Lake and Summit counties.

The new positions would be funded through fines and fees paid to the courts.

The measure now heads to the House Appropriations Committee.

Meanwhile, the House Business & Labor Committee gave initial approval to the Democrats’ signature jobs and economic development measure, a bill to offer tax incentives to science-based companies.


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