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December is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month

Whether from drinks, drugs, or distractions, impaired driving is a serious hazard that puts lives in danger. Here are some resources from the State of Colorado that can help you learn about the hazards of driving impaired and how to stay safe: SAFETY AND PREVENTION How to Spot an Impaired Driver The Cost of a […]

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Colorado Jury Instructions for Criminal Cases

Each year the Colorado Supreme Court’s Model Criminal Jury Instructions Committee issues an updated instruction book for juries on criminal cases. This highly detailed document includes laws and information on the jury selection process and information specific to each different crime category, from homicide to traffic offenses and everything in between. The instructions also include […]

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Time Machine Tuesday: The Colorado Attorney General

A.J. Sampson, Colorado’s first state Attorney General. The Attorney General of Colorado is an elected official tasked with “represent[ing] and defend[ing] the legal interests of the people of Colorado and its sovereignty.” The Attorney General’s Office — comprised of the elected Attorney General and the state’s Department of Law — serves as legal counsel for […]

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Colorado Judicial Learning Center

The State of Colorado’s judicial branch offers a fun, unique way for all ages to learn about the state’s judicial processes — the Judicial Learning Center.  Developed in partnership with the Colorado Supreme Court Library, “the Learning Center is a 4,000-square-foot museum-style space that is full of interactive, fun, and informative exhibits,” according to their […]

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Time Machine Tuesday: Admission to the Bar, 1924

This month, as hundreds of recent law school grads prepare to take their bar exams, we look back at the requirements for admission to the Colorado bar in 1924.  Much has changed since that year!  Back then, the examination fee was only $10 (today it’s $710),  and of course the exams were handwritten, not computerized […]

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Supreme Court Justice – Mandatory Retirement Age

Last week, former Chief Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court, Michael Bender, reached the mandatory retirement age for judges.  (See news story here).  According to the Colorado Constitution, judges must be under the age of 72.  See Article VI, Section 20 for the constitutional requirement regarding mandatory retirement age for judges. As a result, Colorado now has a new justice, William Hood […]

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Ralph Carr Judicial Center

The Ralph Carr Judicial Center at 2 E. 14th Ave. in Denver is officially open, with opening ceremonies featuring United States Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.  The building was designed by Fentress Architects, who also designed Denver International Airport, the Colorado Convention Center, the Jefferson County Administration Building (“Taj Mahal”), and other prominent structures around the […]

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Supreme Court Justices

This past week saw both the appointment of a new Colorado Supreme Court Justice, Brian Boatright, and the death of a former Justice, Luis Rovira, who served from 1979 to 1995. If you’re interested in finding out more about the Justices of Colorado’s Supreme Court, see this page. Here you will find a listing of […]

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Colorado Water Law

Water law is a major issue in Colorado, and our library owns a number of publications on this topic, including Synopsis of Colorado Water Law, 2008 Recreational Water Rights, 2006 Citizen’s Guide to Colorado Water Law, 2003 Groundwater Law Sourcebook of the United States, 2003 Negotiating High Stakes Water Conflicts, 2003 Justice and Natural Resources, […]

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Capital Punishment in Colorado

Several state websites discuss capital punishment procedures in Colorado. The Dept. of Corrections has the webpage Capital Punishment in Colorado, which is a basic outline of information including privileges granted to death row inmates, procedures for execution day, and statistics. The Colorado Public Defender (which firmly states on their site that they are against capital […]

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Term Limits and Retention of Judges

This November one of the ballot issues will be Amendment 40, concerning term limits for Supreme Court and appellate judges. This proposal asks voters to decide whether judges should or should not be term limited to four years. Proponents of the measure argue that new judges every four years will add some fresh perspective, while […]

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Common Law Marriage

June is the month for weddings. Some couples, however, choose to skip the formalities and just live together. According to today’s news reports, a recent ruling opens the way for 12 year-old girls and 14 year-old boys to enter into common law marriages because the Colorado General Assembly has not passed a law specifically defining […]

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The Court of Last Resort

The Colorado Supreme Court is indeed the state’s court of last resort and its decisions are binding on all other state courts. Governor Owens recently appointed a new member to the Supreme Court, Allison Eid of Golden. She is the 95th person to serve and will have a provisional term of two years after which […]