A new option to force the Colorado judicial branch to abide by open records laws?

After a bill requiring state courts to abide by open records laws died last week, a prominent officer of the court said the ballot box might be the only solution to judges exempting themselves from transparency laws.

“I would encourage the filing of (an initiative) to take place,” 18th Judicial District Attorney George Brauchler told Watchdog.org last week. “It has become clear to me that one branch of government believes it, and it alone, should be treated differently when it comes to public access to records. That is not the way the system is supposed to work.”  

For more than a year, Watchdog.org has written about the state appellate court exempting the Colorado Judicial Branch from the Colorado Open Records Act, the documents denied because of the ruling and the internal policies the courts have put in place to provide limited access to their administrative records. Continue…