The “core values” of the legislative policy committee (LPC) are those values that the LPC should always consider when deciding whether to take a position on an issue. Those core values are:
Accuracy and Precision in Drafting
The LPC is not a drafting office, but should point out drafting errors and help improve the clarity of proposed legislation. The LPC may do so even when it disagrees with the substance of proposed legislation, although there may be times when the LPC refuses to help clarify a bill that the LPC considers fundamentally bad. The LPC must help ensure clarity in any legislation that it supports.
The Practice of Law
The LPC should generally get involved in legislation that affects the practice of law, the business of lawyering, the court system, and lawyers’ fees and lawyer-client relations.
The Wishes of the Membership
The LPC should, as much as possible, reflect the wishes of our constituents, i.e., the members of the CBA. To do this, the LPC should make sure:
- That CBA committees and sections are involved in the process as early and as consistently as possible;
- That relevant committees and sections review legislation before the LPC adopts a position;
- That the LPC provides information and feedback to committees and sections to help them in their duties; and
- That the LPC seeks input from members in other reasonable ways.
The Constitution of the United States and the State of Colorado
The LPC should generally get involved in legislation, referenda and initiatives that affect issues of constitutional dimension, including the doctrine of separation of powers.
Access to Justice
The LPC should generally support legislation that supports and improves access to the justice system by all persons.
Independence of the Judiciary
Believing that an independent judiciary is a fundamental component of our democracy, the LPC should generally support legislation that supports and improves the independence of the judiciary.
Believing that the right to a jury is a fundamental component of our justice system, the LPC should generally support legislation that supports and improves the right to a jury trial.