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  • 1 Sep 2022 3:07 PM | Crystal Rayos (Administrator)

    Court of Appeals judge finalists selected

    Governor to appoint two new Court of Appeals judges

                  DENVER – The Supreme Court Nominating Commission has nominated six candidates for two vacancies on the Colorado Court of Appeals. The vacancies were created by the retirements of the Hon. Michael H. Berger and the Hon. David J. Richman. The vacancies will occur on Oct. 29, 2022, and Nov. 5, 2022, respectively. The nominees were selected during an Aug. 31, 2022, meeting in Denver. They are Priscilla Jeffrey Loew, Katharine “Katy” Lum, Melissa C. Meirink, Karl Lee Schock, Grant Thomas Sullivan and Don Jesse Toussaint.

                  Under the Colorado Constitution, the governor has 15 days from Aug. 31, 2022, within which to appoint two of the nominees as judges on the Colorado Court of Appeals.

                  Comments regarding any of the nominees may be sent via e-mail to the governor at gov_judicialappointments@state.co.us

    See Full Announcement

  • 23 Aug 2022 10:26 AM | Crystal Rayos (Administrator)

    UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO

    Amended Public Notice Concerning the Appointment of New Magistrate Judges

    The Judicial Conference of the United States has authorized the appointment of a full­ time United States Magistrate Judge for the District of Colorado located in Denver, Colorado, to fill the vacancy created by Magistrate Judge Nina Y. Wang's recent confirmation as a U.S. District Judge. Additionally, the Judicial Conference of the United States has authorized the appointment of a second full-time United States Magistrate Judge for the District of Colorado located in Denver, Colorado to fill the vacancy that will be created upon the retirement of Magistrate Judge Kristen L. Mix on or about August 5, 2023. The term of office for each vacancy is eight (8) years. The current annual salary of the positions is $205,528.

    The authority of a United States Magistrate Judge is specified in 28 U.S.C. § 636. In criminal cases, a Magistrate Judge: (1) considers petitions for issuance of search warrants; (2) conducts preliminary proceedings; and (3) presides over the trial and disposition of misdemeanor cases. Civil cases are directly drawn to both Magistrate Judges and District Judges on a random draw. For cases drawn to District Judges and for cases drawn to Magistrate Judges where the parties do not consent to the Magistrate Judge handling all matters, both a District and Magistrate Judge are assigned to the case. In these cases, a Magistrate Judge conducts pretrial matters, evidentiary proceedings, and post-trial matters on referral from the District Judge. In civil cases where the parties consent to the Magistrate Judge handling all matters, the Magistrate Judge presides over all pretrial, trial, and post-trial matters.

    To be qualified, an applicant must:

    (1) Be, and for the prior five years have been, a member in good standing of the bar of the highest court of a state, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Territory of Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, or the Virgin Islands of the United States,

    (2) Have been engaged in the active practice of law for a period of at least five years (with some substitutes authorized);

    (3) Be competent to perform all the duties of the office. This includes but is not limited to being of good moral character, being emotionally stable and mature, being committed to equal justice under the law, being in good health, being patient and courteous, and being capable of deliberation and decisiveness.

    (4) Be less than seventy years old; and

    (5) Not be related to a judge of the district court.

    See Full Announcement

  • 22 Jul 2022 10:00 AM | Britt Kwan (Administrator)

    DENVER – The Bridges Program, which facilitates collaboration between the criminal justice and mental health systems, will hold a series of meetings this summer and fall to engage stakeholders in exploring a possible expansion of the three-year-old program.

    Bridges has placed 29 court liaisons throughout Colorado’s 22 judicial districts since it was established by the General Assembly. Liaisons are appointed to cases through a court order and work directly with participants to identify their needs and connect them with services. They report to judges and attorneys on services available in the community and facilitate communication and coordination of care with competency programs of the state Behavioral Health Administration. 

    About 82 percent of Bridges Program cases involve an individual’s competency to proceed in the criminal justice process, with the remaining 18 percent involving individuals with general mental health challenges. Bridges began serving participants in 2019. In the fiscal year that ended on June 30, 2021, 1,734 participants entered the program, 50 percent more than in the previous fiscal year.

    The General Assembly’s Joint Budget Committee has requested that program leaders, in collaboration with stakeholders including the Office of the State Public Defender, the District Attorneys’ Council, Office of the Attorney General, the Behavioral Health Administration and others report by Jan. 1, 2023, on any recommendations for expansion to help reduce a backlog of competency evaluations in the criminal justice system.

    The first meeting is scheduled for July 15, 2022, and several other meetings are scheduled through October to discuss potentially expanding the program. 

    The meeting on July 15 will be held at the Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center in the Colorado Room on the second floor from 10-11 a.m.  

    Additional meetings will be held in the Colorado Room on Aug. 4, Aug. 25, and Sept. 15; and on Oct. 6 in Room 2A of the Carr Center. Each meeting will have an in-person component from 10 a.m. to noon, and a virtual component from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. 

    Anyone interested in attending in-person, or who wants to obtain information to attend virtually, should RSVP to Jennifer Turner, Bridges Program Statewide Coordinator, at jennifer.turner@judicial.state.co.us.

    See flyer

  • 12 Jul 2022 10:20 AM | Britt Kwan (Administrator)

    The Supreme Court Nominating Commission invites qualified attorneys to apply for two Colorado Court of Appeals judicial vacancies created by the retirements of the Hon. Michael H. Berger and the Hon. David J. Richman. The vacancies will occur on Oct. 29, 2022, and Nov. 5, 2022, respectively. The Commission will meet on Aug. 30-31, 2022, to interview applicants and select nominees for appointment by the governor.

    To be eligible for appointment to fill a vacancy, the applicant must be a qualified elector of the State of Colorado and must have been admitted to the practice of law in Colorado for five years. The annual salary for a court of appeals judge is currently $191,724. The initial term of office of a Court of Appeals judge is a provisional term of two years. Thereafter, the incumbent judge, if retained by the voters, has a term of eight years.

    Application forms are available from the office of the ex-officio chair of the Nominating Commission, Chief Justice Brian D. Boatright, 2 E. 14th Ave., Denver, CO 80203; and the office of the court executive of any of the 22 judicial districts. Applications are also available on the court’s home page at: http://www.courts.state.co.us/Careers/Judge.cfm

    The completed application must be e-mailed to the address listed in the instructions below no later than 4 p.m. on Aug. 5, 2022. Late applications will not be considered. Any person wishing to suggest a candidate to fill the vacancy may do so by letter to be submitted to any member of the nominating commission, with a copy to the ex-officio chair, no later than 4 p.m. on July 29, 2022.  

    Applications will be kept confidential, except that the nominating commission shall disclose the names, work addresses, and work telephone numbers of the three nominees submitted to the governor.

    The members of the Supreme Court Nominating Commission are: Katina Banks of Denver; Kimberly Jordan of Fort Collins; Peter Gould of Boulder; Linda Garcia of Pueblo; J. Martelle Daniels of Grand Junction; Deborah Suniga of Greeley; Stanton Dodge of Castle Rock; David McDivitt of Colorado Springs; C. Omar Montgomery of Aurora; Carolyn Fairless of Lakewood; Heather Lipp and Danielle Radovich Piper, both of Golden; Paul Wiggins of Peyton; Marco Chayet of Centennial; and Jerome DeHerrera of Westminster. The commission currently has two vacancies.

    Editor’s Note: Contact information for the nominating commission members:

    See official flyer here.

  • 29 Jun 2022 1:05 PM | Britt Kwan (Administrator)

    The Fourth Judicial District Nominating Commission has nominated three candidates for an El Paso County Court judgeship created by the appointment to the District Court of the Hon. Monica Gomez. The vacancy will occur on July 1, 2022. Nominees Charlotte Ankeny, Marika Frady and Theodore McClintock, all of Colorado Springs, were selected in a meeting on June 28, 2022.

    Under the Colorado Constitution, the governor has 15 days from June 29, 2022, within which to appoint one of the nominees as county court judge for El Paso County.

    Comments regarding any of the nominees may be sent via e-mail to the governor at gov_judicialappointments@state.co.us

    Editor’s Note: Contact information for the three nominees 

    • Charlotte Ankeny, 30 E. Pikes Peak Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80903, 719-475-1235
    • Marika Frady, 407 S. Tejon St., Ste. K, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, 719-471-4791
    • Theodore McClintock, 220 E. Costilla St., Colorado Springs, CO 80903, 719-520-3968


  • 2 Jun 2022 10:56 AM | Britt Kwan (Administrator)

    The Fourth Judicial District Nominating Commission will meet at the El Paso County Courthouse on June 28, 2022, to interview and select nominees for appointment by the governor to the office of county judge for El Paso County. The vacancy will be created by the appointment to the District Court of the Hon. Monica Gomez. The vacancy will occur on July 1, 2022.

    To be eligible, the applicant must be a qualified elector of El Paso County at the time of investiture and must have been admitted to the practice of law in Colorado. The current annual salary for this position is $175,908. The initial term of office of a county judge is a provisional term of two years; thereafter, the incumbent county judge, if approved by the voters, has a term of four years.

    Application forms are available from the office of the ex officio chair of the nominating commission, Justice William W. Hood III, 2 E. 14th Ave., Denver, CO 80203; and the office of the court executive, Scott Sosebee, 270 S. Tejon St., Colorado Springs, CO 80901. Applications also are available on the court’s home page at http://www.courts.state.co.us/Careers/Judge.cfm

    The completed application must be e-mailed to the address listed in the instructions below no later than 4 p.m. on June 15, 2022. Late applications will not be considered. Any person wishing to suggest a candidate to fill the vacancy may do so by letter to be submitted to any member of the nominating commission, with a copy to the ex officio chair, no later than 4 p.m. on June 8, 2022.

    The members of the nominating commission for the Fourth Judicial District are: Lisa Dailey, Stella Hodgkins, C. Onye Ikwaukor, Misty Plowright, and Laura Rosendo, all of Colorado Springs; Kathleen Cefus of Divide; and Michael Allen of Monument. 

    Editor’s Note: Contact information for the nominating commission members.

  • 12 May 2022 1:11 PM | Britt Kwan (Administrator)

    The Fourth Judicial District Nominating Commission has nominated three candidates for a district court judgeship created by the retirement of the Hon. Deborah J. Grohs. The vacancy will occur on June 30, 2022. Nominees Monica J. Gomez and Amanda J. Philipps, both of Colorado Springs; and Theodore P. McClintock of Woodland Park were selected by the commission on May 11, 2022.

    Under the Colorado Constitution, the governor has 15 days from May 12, 2022, within which to appoint one of the nominees as district court judge for the Fourth Judicial District (El Paso and Teller counties).

    Comments regarding any of the nominees may be sent via e-mail to the governor at: gov_judicialappointments@state.co.us

    Editor’s Note: Contact information for the three nominees 

    • Monica J. Gomez, 270 S. Tejon St., Colorado Springs, CO 80903, 719-452-5202
    • Theodore P. McClintock, 220 E. Costilla St., Colorado Springs, CO 80903, 719-520-3968
    • Amanda J. Philipps, 270 S. Tejon St., Colorado Springs, CO 80903, 719-452-5533


  • 25 Mar 2022 9:51 AM | Britt Kwan (Administrator)

    Senators Bennet and Hickenlooper and the District Court Advisory Committee are extending the deadline to apply for a federal court vacancy. The new deadline is close of business on Thursday, March 31. Below is a link to the announcement and all of the application materials and information on the process.

    https://www.hickenlooper.senate.gov/press_releases/hickenlooper-bennet-convene-district-court-advisory-committee-to-fill-federal-district-court-vacancy/


  • 22 Mar 2022 11:45 AM | Britt Kwan (Administrator)

    The Fourth Judicial District Nominating Commission will meet at the El Paso County Combined Courts on May 11, 2022, to interview and select nominees for appointment by the governor to the office of district judge for the Fourth Judicial District (El Paso and Teller counties). The vacancy will be created by the retirement of the Honorable Deborah J. Grohs. The vacancy will occur on June 30, 2022.

    To be eligible, the applicant must be a qualified elector of the Fourth Judicial District at the time of investiture and must have been admitted to the practice of law in Colorado for five years. The current annual salary for this position is $178,452. The initial term of office of a district judge is a provisional term of two years; thereafter, the incumbent district judge, if approved by the voters, has a term of six years.

    Application forms are available from the office of the ex officio chair of the nominating commission, Justice Richard L. Gabriel, 2 E. 14thAve., Denver, CO 80203; and the office of the court executive, Scott Sosebee, 270 S. Tejon St., Colorado Springs, CO 80901. Applications also are available on the court’s home page at http://www.courts.state.co.us/Careers/Judge.cfm

    The completed application must be e-mailed to the address listed in the instructions below no later than 4 p.m. on April 15, 2022. Late applications will not be considered. Any person wishing to suggest a candidate to fill the vacancy may do so by letter to be submitted to any member of the nominating commission, with a copy to the ex officio chair, no later than 4 p.m. on April 8, 2022.

    The members of the nominating commission for the Fourth Judicial District are: Lisa Dailey, Stella Hodgkins, C. Onye Ikwaukor, Misty Plowright, and Laura Rosendo, all of Colorado Springs; Kathleen Cefus of Divide; and Michael Allen of Monument. This commission currently has one vacancy.

    Editor’s Note: Contact information for the nominating commission members.


  • 8 Mar 2022 11:15 AM | Britt Kwan (Administrator)

    DENVER - The Colorado Supreme Court Model Criminal Jury Instructions Committee recently released its annual update to Colorado’s model jury instructions for use in criminal trials.

    The model jury instructions may be found online at https://www.courts.state.co.us/Courts/Supreme_Court/Committees/Committee.cfm?Committee_ID=9; they include instructions concerning all of the offenses defined in Title 18 of the Colorado Revised Statutes (the Criminal Code), along with instructions addressing select offenses defined in other titles of the Colorado Revised Statutes (including Title 42, Vehicles and Traffic).  This annual update incorporates 2021 legislation, as well as caselaw published since the release of the prior edition.

    Users may download Word and PDF versions of the instructions, both of which feature hyperlink capabilities for ease of use.  For any questions regarding the instructions, users are encouraged to contact the Committee at mcjic@judicial.state.co.us.

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