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Colorado Court of Appeals to hear arguments at Fairview High School on Oct. 18

Thursday, October 13, 2016

DENVER – The Colorado Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments in two cases at Fairview High School in Boulder on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016, before an audience of students. The public also is invited to attend.

The visit is part of the Colorado Judicial Branch’s Courts in the Community, the outreach program the Colorado Supreme Court and Court of Appeals initiated on Law Day (May 1), 1986. The Courts in the Community program was developed to give Colorado high school students firsthand experience in how the Colorado judicial system works and illustrate how disputes are resolved in a democratic society. These are not mock proceedings. The court will hear arguments in actual cases from which it will issue opinions. The court generally issues opinions within a few weeks of the arguments.

The 22 judges of the Colorado Court of Appeals sit in divisions of three judges to hear cases. Judges hearing cases at Fairview High School are Dennis Graham, Gale T. Miller and Jerry N. Jones.

The two cases are: 

  • 15CA1771, Mabel Garcia v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co.: In an attempt to clarify its liability to Mabel Garcia after she was injured in a car accident, State Farm filed suit against her. A trial judge concluded State Farm was liable for $100,000 under an insurance policy covering the woman driving the car that struck Ms. Garcia’s car. Based on claimed ambiguities in the policy language, however, Ms. Garcia sought an additional $400,000 under a second policy held by the other woman and her husband for a different vehicle. The trial judge ruled that State Farm was not liable under the second policy, and Ms. Garcia appealed to the Colorado Court of Appeals.

 

 

  • 14CA2391, The People of the State of Colorado v. Jahmal Ali Price: Jahmal Ali Price asked the Colorado Court of Appeals to review his convictions for crimes including criminal impersonation and possession of a weapon by a previous offender. Mr. Price’s attorneys argue evidence used against him during his trial should have been suppressed because police officers stopped him illegally. Police officers responded to reports of a man jiggling car door handles at an apartment complex, but were unable to locate a suspect before being called away to another incident. Later, an officer saw Mr. Price walking in the area and approached him. The officer asked Mr. Price some questions and conducted a pat-down search. When the officer attempted to search Mr. Price’s backpack, Mr. Price grabbed the backpack and ran from the scene. Officers eventually located the backpack, which Mr. Price no longer had in his possession, and found a handgun in the backpack.

 

The proceedings will begin at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, at Fairview High School, 1515 Greenbriar Blvd., Boulder, CO 80305. A question-and-answer session, during which the students may ask questions of the attorneys, will follow the arguments in each case. At the conclusion of the second argument, the students also will have the opportunity to participate in a question-and-answer session with the Court of Appeals judges.

There will be a limited number of seats for the public. Audio recordings from the two arguments will be available online within one to two days of the arguments at http://www.courts.state.co.us/Courts/Court_Of_Appeals/Oral_Arguments/Index.cfm.

Editor’s Note:

The documents related to these two cases are located at: https://www.courts.state.co.us/Courts/Education/Materials.cfm?s=Fall&y=2016

Additional information on the Courts in the Community program is available at: http://www.courts.state.co.us/Courts/Education/Community.cfm

News media organizations interested in recording the arguments may contact Jon Sarché at the State Court Administrator’s Office (contact information below). The following pages contain information about expanded media coverage.

We will be reserving seats for journalists. Please contact Jon Sarché at jon.sarche@judicial.state.co.us or at 720-625-5811 if you plan to attend.

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