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Colorado Supreme Court Water Court Committee Survey Results Presented by: Joanie Straub Golden Toad Solutions Sponsored by: Colorado Water Conservation Board May 19, 2008

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Table of Contents Methodology … .… … .… 3 Limitations… … .… .4 Objectives… … ...5 Executive Summary … ..6 Recommendations ..… … ..16 Findings & Analysis: General Public Survey … ....21 Findings & Analysis: Professional Survey… … 40

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Methodology An online review utilizing Zoomerang propelled on April 30, 2008 and shut on May 9, 2008 The study connection was incorporated into an email that was sent from the database of the accompanying associations: Colorado Water Conservation Board, Trout Unlimited, Colorado Water Congress, Division of Water Resources, Colorado Bar Association, Ditch and Reservoir Company Alliance, CDM, American Council of Engineering Companies and Water Court Referees The expert overview support rate was 9% (3700 welcomes with 328 finishes) and the overall population study investment rate was 4% (3700 welcomes with 132 finishes) Note: 3700 speaks to the whole gathering of email addresses that got the study interface, this incorporates both the overall population and the water experts. It is obscure the split between the two gatherings.

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Limitations It ought to be recalled that overview results depend on an example, which is liable to "inspecting mistake." Sampling blunders emerge in light of the fact that studies are led with a specimen of the populace rather than with the greater part of the populace. Testing blunder depends on two elements: (1) the measure of the example and (2) the real rate answer of a given inquiry. This overview has a 95% level of certainty with a give or take variety of 3 focuses. These terms just imply that if the overview were led 100 times, the information would be inside a specific number of rate focuses above or beneath the rate reported in 95 of the 100 reviews. 1 as it were, Company X studies clients and finds that half of the respondents say its client administration is "very good." The certainty level is refered to as 95% give or take 3%. This data implies that if the review were led 100 times, the rate who say administration is "very good" will run somewhere around 47% and 53% most (95%) of the time. 2 1 Hunter, Pamela. Edge of Errors and Confidence Levels Made Simple . 2 Ibid.

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Objectives General Public Survey Identify the level of productivity of the Colorado water court framework Gather thoughts from the overall population for approaches to better utilize Colorado water court assets Identify the weight of the water courts on the overall population and accumulate thoughts to decrease the weight Professional Survey Assess general fulfillment with the Colorado water court framework Identify approaches to make the Colorado water court framework work all the more successfully Identify approaches to make the Colorado water court framework progressively certain in respect to the procedure Should more weights be forced on all members, guarantee choices are sped up to the degree functional (i.e. what extra obligations and necessities ought to be forced?)

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Executive Summary

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Significant Findings Several likenesses/subjects are apparent in both the expert and overall population reviews Set measures and due dates for opposers 47% of respondents from the expert overview unequivocally suggest setting up due dates for remarks from opposers "Can there be a more prominent monetary expense to be an objector? The fundamental expenses are borne by the candidate. In the event that there were higher expenses to be an objector, then it would hinder parties who essentially protest and discover issues later." Respondents to the overall population overview likewise express the requirement for norms/due dates from opposers "Objectors ought to be on [a] timetable to react. Objectors ought to share costs following six months. Objectors ought to pay costs in the event that they haul out inside 30 of trial. Objectors ought not be permitted to simply be obstructionists." Training and Education Over half of the expert review respondents unequivocally prescribe or suggest with reservation extra preparing for water officials, division specialists and water Judges "… Having the correct preparing and assets is basic and having sufficient energy important to get ready and encourage settlements are extremely vital segments that need change." "The Judges need some back ground in water matters Training will enhance some of their decisions." Respondents from the overall population study express comparable contemplations on the requirement for extra preparing "Water arbitrators needed preparing and in one case did not seek after a recording in light of the fact that the ref was a companion of the legal counselor I had rejected and supplanted."

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Significant Findings Timely activity by the court In the overall population overview, respondents in all parts and in all water divisions list convenient activity by court on cases as their main or two range for development by the Colorado water court In the expert study, over a large portion of the respondents demonstrate they found the auspicious activity from the water Judge, ref and division build exceptionally centrality parts of the water rights mediation process

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Executive Summary – General Public Survey 55% of respondents have taken an interest or watched a first inside the Colorado water court framework inside the most recent year Division 1 (South Platte) have the biggest number of study respondents with 45% 60% of study respondents are water rights proprietors or agriculturists/farmers The main reason respondents have for working with the Colorado water court framework is: To secure a current water right (objector/opposer) (43%) Change a current water right (37%) Adjudicate another water right (36%) Observer (29%)

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Executive Summary – General Public Survey 42% of respondents discover the water court handle extremely or to some degree proficient Water rights proprietor/different respondents discover the Colorado water court prepare more productive than alternate gatherings 39% of respondents discover the water court extremely or to some degree wasteful The main three best elements of the Colorado water court procedure are: Knowledgeable water Judges (56%) Knowledgeable water refs (52%) Fairness of results (52%)

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Executive Summary – General Public Survey The main three components most needing change by the Colorado water court are: Timely activity by court on cases (62%) Cost of procedure (57%), Responsiveness and polished methodology of different gatherings (45%) Respondents in all parts and in all water divisions list opportune activity by court on cases as their main or two region for development by the Colorado water court Top answers for unravel Colorado water court issues are: Create a standard arrangement of principles and directions for how the Colorado water court functions Create an authoritative procedure controlled by the Division of Water Resources (State Engineer\'s Office) and utilize the courts when the managerial procedure comes up short Communicate the arrangement of tenets and directions to people in general Objectors need firm due dates to question and punishments when these due dates are not met

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Executive Summary – Professional Survey 47% of respondents have effectively partaken in more than more than 50 court procedures 67% of respondents have as of late taken an interest in a water court continuing Respondents have the most involvement in Division 1 (56%), Division 2 (27%) and Division 5 (31%) 31% of respondents are lawyer\'s in private practice 69% of respondents show they are exceptionally fulfilled (27%) or to some degree fulfilled (42%) with their experience(s) with the Colorado water court framework Respondents\' main three sentiments that are vital to the water rights mediation procedure are: Fairness of procedure (88%) A pronouncement that can be regulated (85%) An announcement that does not bring about harm (74%)

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Executive Summary – Professional Survey Respondents\' main three conclusions that are extremely valuable parts of the water rights mediation process Resume notice (60%) Expert reports (55%) Application process (54%) and proclamation of resistance (54%) Respondents\' main three suppositions that are extremely powerful of the water rights arbitration process Automatic referral to ref (35% Summary of meeting procedure (25%) Protesting decisions of the ref (23%) and substitute water supply arrangement regulatory endorsements (23%) Respondents\' main three feelings that are exceptionally huge on the viability of the water rights mediation process Role of water Judge (76%) Timely activity by the water Judge (73%) Role of Division Engineer (59%)

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Executive Summary – Professional Survey Respondents\' main two things that are emphatically prescribed to accomplish more noteworthy effectiveness in the water rights settling process Establish due dates for remarks from opposers (47%) More dynamic case administration at ref level (31%) Respondents\' top thing that is unequivocally prescribed to streamline the water rights settling process Simplified mediation process for littler, less perplexing cases (45%) 24% of respondents unequivocally suggest and 39% suggest with reservation casual contribution of state and division engineers

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Executive Summary – Professional Survey Division 5 was the main division reliably singled out as having issues with the way it conducts business "Water Division 5 is remarkably troublesome." "In Div 1 and 2 working with the refs has been certain. In Div 5 it has been a debacle." "Procedure in Division 5 is moderate, the Judge does not make [decisions] in a suitable measure of time." Transition from paper to electronic procedures "Assets for the courts ought to incorporate extra time for arbitrators, and c

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