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Court of Appeals Forms and Policies

 

Policies of the Colorado Court of Appeals

 


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Filing Policies:

 

 

Record & Public Access Policies:

 

 

Citation Policies:

 

  • Policy on Citation to the Record (PDF)
  • Appellate Rule 32(f) regarding prohibiting the use of names of Children and Sexual Assault Victims (PDF)
  • Policy concerning citation of unpublished opinions:
    • Citation of unpublished opinions is forbidden, with the following exceptions:
      • (1) Unpublished opinions may be cited to explain the case history or to establish the doctrines of law of the case, res judicata, or collateral estoppel;
      • (2) This policy shall not apply to opinions that were designated as "Not Selected for Official Publication" and were announced between January 1, 1970 and November 1, 1975, but nevertheless were published in the Pacific Second Reporter. (Policy adopted April 28, 1994)
    • Unpublished opinions are not displayed on this web site.
    • Copies of unpublished opinions are provided for private use and are not to be included in an electronic database or otherwise published.

Remote Oral Arguments:

 

Purpose:

          The Court recognizes that for attorneys not located along the Colorado Front Range, travel to Denver for oral arguments increases costs for their clients.  Additionally, in winter months travel to Denver may be hampered by adverse weather.  Therefore, to ensure that all litigants have access to the Court of Appeals, an attorney may request to appear from a more conveniently located Colorado Courthouse and participate through a video link to the Ralph L. Carr Judicial Center in Denver.

Procedure:

          If counsel wishes to appear through the Remote Oral program, counsel must file a separate Motion to Appear Remotely with the Court within 7 days of a motion for oral argument filed pursuant to C.A.R. 34.  The Court of Appeals staff will make arrangements with the local judicial district and set the case at time the local judicial district has an available facility. 

Sample Motion to For Remote Oral Argument Appearance

 

Protocols:

 

 

Appeal Materials for

Unemployment Benefits     |     Workers Compensation


Forms are also found on the Colorado Legal Help Center.

 

Process Overview   -   Appellate Quick Guide.

 

Simplified Process


 

Step 1 - File the Appeal

  • JDF 664 - Combined Notice and Argument Form

 

Step 2 - Response

 

Step 3 - Last Word

 

Step 4 - Court of Appeals Decision

 

 

Traditional Process


 

Step 1A - Give Notice

 

Step 1B - Arguments

 

 

Special Instructions for Companies


 

Filing Without a Lawyer

 

 

General Forms


 

1.  JDF 657   -   Motion for More Time to File

 

2.  JDF 658   -   General Use Form

 

3.  JDF 659   -   General Motion Form

 

4.  JDF 660   -   Change Contact Info

 

5.  JDF 661   -   Response to an Order of the Court

 

6.  JDF 662   -   Certificate of Service

 

7.  Certificate of Compliance in Briefs

  • Party Briefs - CAR Form 6: (PDF)
  • Amicus Briefs - CAR Form 6A: (PDF)

 

Appeal Materials for

Dependency and Neglect Cases


 

1. Forms can be found in the Appeals section of the Form Directory

 

2. Standard Caption for Appellate Documents:

 

3. Certificate of Compliance for use with all Briefs:

  • Party Briefs - Form 6: PDF
  • Amicus Briefs - Form 6A: PDF

 

Appeal Materials for

Family Matters  |  District Civil  |  Probate Cases


Forms are also found on the Colorado Legal Help Center.

 

Overview - Process Map
Appeal Info - Quick Guide

 

Step 1 - Starting Paperwork

  

  1.  Notice of Appeal

  • Instructions -  PDF
  • Family & Civil - JDF 647:  PDF  |  WORD
  • Probate - JDF 654:  PDF  |  WORD

  

  2.  Transcripts (if any)

  • Instructions -  PDF
  • Designation - CAR Form 8
  • Transcript Request - JDF 4:  PDF

 

Step 2 - Record on Appeal

  

  1.  Instructions -  PDF

  2.  District Court sends Record to Court of Appeals.

  3.  Was the Record Complete? If no:

  • Motion to Add to the Record - CAR Form 9

 

Step 3 - Written Arguments

  

  1.  For the Appeal

  • Instructions -  PDF
  • Opening Brief Form
    • Family & Civil -  WORD
    • Probate -  WORD
  • Sample -  PDF

  

  2.  Appeal Response

  • Instructions -  PDF
  • Answer Brief Form
    • Family & Civil -  WORD
    • Probate -  WORD
  • Sample -  PDF

  

  3.  Reply to Answer Brief

  • Instructions -  PDF
  • Reply Brief Form
    • Family & Civil -  WORD
    • Probate -  WORD

 

Step 4 - Decision

  • A 3-Judge panel will mail its decision.

 

General Forms


 

1. Motion for More Time to File

  • Family & Civil - JDF 643:
  • Probate - JDF 650:

 

2. General Caption

  • Family & Civil - JDF 644
  • Probate - JDF 651

 

3. General Motion

  • Family & Civil - JDF 645
  • Probate - JDF 652

 

4. Contact Info Change Form

  • Family & Civil - JDF 646
  • Probate - JDF 653

 

5. Response to an Order

  • Family & Civil - JDF 649
  • Probate - JDF 656

 

6.  Certificate of Compliance for use with all Briefs:

  • Party Briefs - Form 6: (PDF)
  • Amicus Briefs - Form 6A: (PDF)

Appeal Materials for

Felony Criminal Cases


Forms are also found on the Colorado Legal Help Center.

 

Process Overview   -   Appellate Quick Guide.

 

Step 1 - Give Notice

 

Step 2 - Transcripts

 

Step 3 - District Court Sends Record

 

Step 4 - Arguments for the Appeal

 

Step 5 - Response to Government's Argument

 

General Forms


 

1. JDF 666 - Motion for More Time to File

2. JDF 667 - Flexible Caption

3. JDF 668 - General Motion

4. JDF 669 - Notice of Contact Information Change

5. JDF 670 - Response to a Court's Order

6. JDF 671 - Certificate of Service

7. CAR From 6 - Certificate of Compliance in Briefs

  • Party Briefs - PDF
  • Amicus Briefs - PDF
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