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Colorado Judicial Branch hosts Legal Resource Day for people representing themselves in court

Monday, September 8, 2014

DENVER – Each year, more and more Coloradans forgo the counsel of an attorney and decide to represent themselves in court for civil and domestic relations matters. The Office of the State Court Administrator estimates that by the end of 2014 our pro se litigant coordinators will have made more than 100,000 contacts with people seeking assistance with the court process.

The Colorado Judicial Branch is committed to providing those without an attorney with the information and education they need to be prepared to appear before a judge.  Toward that end, the Branch is hosting Legal Resource Day on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center (2 E. 14th Avenue, Denver, CO 80203). There is no cost to attend.

“Legal Resource Day is an opportunity for pro se litigants to come to the courthouse to learn more about court procedures and processes to have an effective day in court,” Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Nancy Rice said. “I sincerely hope many people will come to learn more about the judicial system and I look forward to hosting more of these clinics in the future.”

Chief Justice Rice will kick off Legal Resource Day at 10 a.m. with opening remarks welcoming participants and providing an overview of the sessions being offered. The hour-long sessions will be taught by volunteer lawyers and include:

  • Civil protection orders
  • Options for grandparents
  • Civil appeals
  • Myth busters for divorce cases
  • How to collect on a money judgment
  • Child support and parenting time
  • How to seal my criminal case
  • The ins and outs of evictions
  • The basics of court procedures

To sign up for a session, please email your name and the session(s) you would like to attend to cpr@judicial.state.co.us. For additional details, including session times, please visit http://www.courts.state.co.us/Self_Help/information.cfm.

In addition to the educational sessions, tours of the Supreme Court Law Library and Judicial Learning Center will be provided from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The 3,800-sqaure-foot Judicial Learning Center provides and interactive educational experience for youth and adults to build awareness, understanding and appreciation for the rule of law and the role the Judicial Branch plays in our society. Additional information about the learning center is posted to http://www.courts.state.co.us/Courts/Education/learningcenter/.

Legal Resource Day is sponsored by the Colorado Judicial Branch and Colorado Judicial Institute.

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