Legislator plans another try at making Colorado judicial branch subject to CORA

A Republican state lawmaker said she will try again during the 2017 legislative session to make Colorado’s judicial branch subject to the state’s open-records law.

“It’s just so interesting that one branch of government thinks they should be held to a different standard,” Rep. Polly Lawrence of Douglas County told the Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition. “We don’t let the executive branch write their own rules.”

The judicial branch is exempt from the Colorado Open Records Act (CORA) because of two court rulings, including the Colorado Court of Appeals’ 2012 decision in Gleason v. Judicial Watch.