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Colorado Court of Appeals to hear arguments at D'Evelyn Junior/Senior High School on Oct. 19, 2017

Monday, October 16, 2017

DENVER – The Colorado Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments in two cases at D’Evelyn Junior/Senior High School in Denver on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, 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, an 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 provide Colorado high school students insight regarding the Colorado judicial system 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 D’Evelyn Junior/Senior High School are Jerry N. Jones, Terry Fox and Rebecca R. Freyre.

The two cases are: 

  • 16CA2205, James Medina v. Civil Service Commission of the City and County of Denver: James Medina was an officer with the Denver Police Department in July 2014 when he arrested a woman for assault on a police officer. He drove the woman to police headquarters and put her in a holding cell, where he commanded her to remove her shoes and belt under department policy. She refused to comply, and Officer Medina engaged her in a physical altercation before removing her belt and shoes. An internal investigation concluded that Officer Medina violated three department rules and his employment was terminated. Officer Medina’s termination was upheld by the Civil Service Commission as well as the Denver District Court. Officer Medina then asked the Colorado Court of Appeals to review his case.
  • 16CA1198, Michael J. Sos v. Roaring Fork Transportation Authority: Michael Sos owns a tire company in Glenwood Springs that is located adjacent to a bus station operated by the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA). During construction of the bus station, RFTA built a wall adjacent to the tire company that Sos says adversely affects his use of the company’s property. He filed a lawsuit arguing RFTA’s actions will require him to take extra measures to design and install a retaining wall he wants to build to improve his property. The trial judge agreed with Sos and ordered RFTA to pay damages to compensate Sos for the additional engineering and construction costs. The amount of damages was later calculated to be $75,000. RFTA has asked the Colorado Court of Appeals to review the case, arguing the trial court made several errors in reaching its conclusion.

The proceedings will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, at D’Evelyn Junior/Senior High School, 10359 W. Nassau Ave., Denver, CO 80235. 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: http://www.courts.state.co.us/Courts/Education/Materials.cfm?s=Fall&y=2017   

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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