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Steve Bernard appointed Chief Judge-designate of the Colorado Court of Appeals

Friday, September 28, 2018

DENVER – Steve Bernard, a member of the Colorado Court of Appeals since July 2006, was appointed Friday as Chief Judge-designate to replace Alan M. Loeb as the court’s administrative leader.

Chief Judge Loeb’s retirement becomes effective Dec. 27, 2018. He and Judge Bernard will work closely together until then to ensure a smooth transition.

“Chief Judge Loeb has served the Court and Colorado extremely well in his distinguished career,” said Chief Justice Nathan B. Coats, who made the appointment. “I am confident Judge Bernard will provide the high level of leadership excellence Coloradans deserve in their court system.”

Judge Bernard, a native of Colorado Springs, earned his undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Colorado in 1975 and his law degree from CU in 1978. He worked as a prosecutor in Adams County for 26 years before becoming chief deputy district attorney in Weld County, where he served for about a year-and-a-half before joining the Court of Appeals.

“I am profoundly humbled by the trust that Chief Justice Coats has placed in me,” Judge Bernard said. “I owe a great debt to the shining examples of the two Chief Judges with whom I have worked, Janice Davidson and Alan Loeb. Being selected as the Chief Judge of the extraordinary team at the Colorado Court of Appeals is the greatest honor of my legal career.”

The Court of Appeals consists of 22 judges who sit in three-member divisions to decide cases. The Chief Judge assigns judges to those divisions and rotates those assignments every four months. Established by statute to provide appellate review of all cases properly brought before it, the Court of Appeals has initial jurisdiction, with some exceptions, over appeals from Colorado’s district courts, the Denver Probate Court and the Denver Juvenile Court. It also has specific appellate jurisdiction over decisions from a number of state administrative boards and agencies including the Industrial Claim Appeals Office. Litigants whose cases are decided by the Court of Appeals may seek review by the Colorado Supreme Court.

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