Chief Justice Directive (CJD)
Chief Justice Directive 04-06 (above) replaces former Chief Justice Directive 97-02 and governs all appointments made through the Office of the Child’s Representative.
The Chief Justice is the executive head of the Colorado Judicial Branch and is the leader in its administration. The Chief Justice is elected by the Colorado Supreme Court Justices and serves at the pleasure of the Colorado Supreme Court (Court). In addition to administrative responsibility for the entire court system, the Chief Justice presides over all conferences, oral arguments, and hearings of the Court; assigns all opinions for authorship; and designates in consultation with the Court which Justice or Justices shall serve as liaison to the various committees and special committees of the Court.
The Chief Justice has authority, in consultation with the full Court, to issue Chief Justice Directives pertaining to matters of judicial administration. As part of the responsibility as the executive head of the judicial branch, the Chief Justice presides over quarterly meetings with the Chief Judges of all judicial districts across the state to discuss matters concerning the administration of justice.