Colorado Lawmakers Consider Adding New Judicial District

Jan 18, 2019

Colorado lawmakers plan to push a proposal that would form a new judicial district, the state's first in more than half a century.

The Denver Post reports the plan calls for carving a new jurisdiction out of the growing 18th Judicial District, which encompasses Arapahoe, Douglas, Lincoln and Elbert counties southeast of Denver.

The district contains more than 1 million people, the most populous of the state's 22 judicial districts.

State Rep. Kevin Van Winkle, a Republican, is planning to co-sponsor a bill this year to create the new district.

The proposal would make Arapahoe County the 18th while placing Douglas, Elbert and Lincoln counties in a new 23rd Judicial District.

The measure would require a two-thirds supermajority vote in both chambers of the Legislature to move forward.

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