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Colorado Judicial Branch hosting free Legal Resource Day Oct. 2 for people representing themselves in civil cases

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

            DENVER – How do I file a small claims case in state court? What do I need to know about my upcoming divorce and custody hearing? My tenant hasn’t paid rent in months; how do I evict him?

            Each day, people across Colorado turn to the Colorado Judicial Branch to help them resolve disputes they cannot resolve on their own.  At the same time, more and more people in Colorado are heading to court without an attorney to guide them through the process in civil and domestic relations matters.  To be sure, it can be an intimidating and overwhelming experience for someone with little or no legal background or understanding of the system to navigate the legal waters. So, what’s a litigant to do?

            The Office of the State Court Administrator estimates that this year our pro se litigant coordinators, or Sherlocks, will have 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 a free Legal Resource Day on Friday, Oct. 2, 2015, in five of Colorado’s courthouses.

            “I am pleased to host Legal Resource Day again this year,” Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Nancy E. Rice said. “This is a wonderful opportunity for people representing themselves in court to come to the courthouse and learn about court procedures and processes to help ensure they have a productive day in the courtroom.”

            Chief Justice Rice will kick off Legal Resource Day at 10 a.m. at the Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center (2 E. 14th Ave. Denver, CO 80203) with opening remarks welcoming participants and providing an overview of the sessions being offered. The Chief Justice’s remarks will be live streamed via the Web (https://youtu.be/vtzMjkSwaFE) to four other courthouses also celebrating Legal Resource Day.

            The courthouses celebrating Legal Resource Day are:

  • Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center – 2 E. 14th Ave., Denver, CO 80203, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Mesa County Justice Center – 125 N. Spruce St., Grand Junction, CO 81501, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Dennis Maes Pueblo Judicial Building – 501 N. Elizabeth St., Pueblo, CO 81003, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Larimer County Justice Center – 201 Laporte Ave., Fort Collins, CO 80521, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Montrose County Justice Center – 1200 N. Grand Ave., Montrose, CO 81401 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Times for the hour-long sessions will vary by location.  Some sessions will be offered in Spanish.

Interpreters will be available for classes not offered in Spanish. Information on specific sessions for each of the participating courthouses has been posted to the Legal Resource Day Webpage. All of the 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 money on a judgment
  • Child support and parenting time
  • How to seal a case
  • The ins and outs of eviction
  • Small claims
  • Estate planning
  • The basics of court procedures
  • Ask an attorney

Click here to register for one of more of the free Legal Resource Day sessions.

            In addition to the educational sessions being offered at the Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center, tours of the Supreme Court Law Library and Judicial Learning Center will be available from 10:40 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The 3,800-square-foot Judicial Learning Center provides an 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.

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

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