Colorado Judiciary: Colorado Supreme Court to Hear Arguments at Pomona High School in Arvada on October 26



October 21, 2021

DENVER – The Colorado Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in two cases on Tuesday, October 26, 2021 at Pomona High School in Arvada in front of an audience of students. Limited seating for the public will be available and all visitors to the school must wear face masks indoors.

The tour is part of the Colorado Judicial Branch Courts of the Community, an awareness program launched by the Colorado Supreme Court and Court of Appeals on Law Day (May 1, 1986) and will be the first conducted in person since the start of the pandemic. Courts in the Community was developed to provide Colorado high school students with an overview of the Colorado court system and to illustrate how disputes are resolved in a democratic society. These are not procedural simulations. The tribunal will hear arguments in real cases from which it will issue opinions. The court usually gives opinions within a few months of the arguments.

The seven judges hear the cases together. They are Chief Justice Brian D. Boatright and Justices Monica M. Marquez, William W. Hood III, Richard L. Gabriel, Melissa Hart, Carlos A. Samour Jr. and Maria E. Berkenkotter.

The two cases are:

Work will begin at 9 am on Tuesday, October 26, 2021 in the auditorium of Pomona High School, 8101 W. Pomona Dr., Arvada, CO 80005. A question-and-answer session, during which students can ask questions to them. lawyers, will follow the arguments in each case. At the end of the second oral argument, students will also have the opportunity to participate in a question-and-answer session with the judges of the Supreme Court.

The documents relating to these two cases can be found at:

Additional information on the Courts in the Community program is available at:

News organizations interested in recording the arguments can contact Jon Sarché at [email protected] or 720-625-5811. The following pages contain information on extended media coverage.

This information is provided as an email service of the Colorado State Judicial Department, Office of State Court Administrator, 1300 Broadway, Suite 1200, Denver, CO 80203. To discontinue this service or update your email address, please reply to this message with your name, contact details and any comments.

What: Oral Arguments of the Colorado Supreme Court

When: 9 a.m. – noon, October 26, 2021

Or: Pomona High School, 8101 W. Pomona Dr., Arvada, CO 80005

Photo opportunities. During oral argument, the requirements set out in Chapter 38, Rule 3 of the Colorado Supreme Court Rules are in effect. Rule 3 is attached. Highlights include:

For information, contact Jon Sarché, (720) 625-5811.

After each argument, during the question-and-answer interaction between students, lawyers and judges, access is open to the media without the limitations of Rule 3. All media representatives are also invited to photograph the lunch immediately afterwards. deals.


9 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

Opening remarks

9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

20SC646: Maphis vs. Boulder

10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Conference of Judges; lawyers answer students’ questions

10:30 am – 11:30 am

20SC430: People c. Ornelas-Licano

11:30 am – 11:45 am

Conference of Judges; lawyers answer students’ questions

11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Judges answer students’ questions

12 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. (est.)

Small group discussions, judges and selected students

Request for extended media coverage. Requests should be submitted at least one day before the procedure, as set out in Rule 3 (submission of requests three days before the procedure is appreciated to allow time for response). Requests can be made by completing the form at Contact details for lawyers in the cases are provided below.

Wider media coverage of court proceedings

The presence of expanded media coverage in courtrooms in the Colorado court system is controlled by strict standards set out in Chapter 38, Rule 3 of the Colorado Supreme Court Rules effective July 1, 2010. The rule describes also every step necessary to obtain approval for such coverage. .

There are several points in the Rule to note:

Request for Expansion of Media Coverage in Colorado State Courts

Rule 3. Media Coverage of Legal Proceedings

Contact details of the lawyer:

20SC646: Joy Maphis v. City of Boulder

For the applicant:

Randall J. Paulsen, Randall J. Paulsen & Associates PC, 8704 Yates Dr., Ste. 100, Westminster, CO 80031, [email protected]

Shauna O’Brien, O’Brien Law Firm LLC, 8704 Yates Dr., Ste. 100, Westminster, CO 80031, [email protected]

For the respondent:

Thomas A. Carr and Luia A. Toro, City Attorney’s Office, PO Box 791, Boulder, CO 80306, [email protected] and [email protected]

20SC430: The People of the State of Colorado v. Jose Ornelas-Licano

For the applicant:

John T. Lee, Senior Assistant Attorney General, 1300 Broadway, 9th Floor, Denver, CO 80203, 720-508-6000, [email protected]

For the respondent:

James S. Hardy, Colorado State Public Defender’s Office, 1300 Broadway, Suite 300, Denver, CO 80203, 303-764-1400, [email protected]

This press release was produced by the Colorado Judiciary. The opinions expressed here are those of the author.



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