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Colorado Court of Appeals to hear arguments at Rangeview High School on Nov. 3

Friday, October 30, 2015

DENVER – The Colorado Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments in two cases at Rangeview High School in Aurora on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015, 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 Rangeview High School are Robert D. Hawthorne, David Furman and David J. Richman.

The two cases are:

  • 15CA0285, Anne Margaret Hesford v. Vail Summit Resorts Inc.: Ms. Hesford asked the Colorado Court of Appeals to review a trial court’s decision to dismiss her lawsuit against Vail Summit Resorts Inc., claiming the company was liable for injuries she suffered when she slipped on ice in a parking lot the company operates in Breckenridge. In the trial court, the company argued there was no evidence it had failed to uphold any standard of care it owed to people using the parking lot. The trial court also agreed with the company that there was no evidence to demonstrate Ms. Hesford’s injuries resulted from “anything other than the natural snow and ice conditions that are common in a high alpine environment during the winter months.” The Court of Appeals’ decision will determine whether Ms. Hesford’s lawsuit can proceed in the trial court.
  • 12CA2407, The People of the State of Colorado v. Linda Ecco Dalton: Ms. Dalton has asked the Colorado Court of Appeals to review her conviction on a charge of felony criminal mischief, which was filed against her after she drove her car through the garage door of a used-car lot in Fruita, damaging several motorcycles and other items in the garage. During her trial, Ms. Dalton argued she did not act knowingly on the night of the offense because she had recently stopped taking her anti-depressant medication and had taken two sleeping pills that evening. She argued because she did not act knowingly, the prosecutor could not prove that element of the offense beyond a reasonable doubt. Ms. Dalton asked the Colorado Court of Appeals to determine whether there was enough evidence to prove she acted knowingly during the offense. She also asked the court to determine whether certain statements and arguments the prosecutor made during jury selection and closing arguments deprived her of her right to a fair trial.

 

The proceedings will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3, at Rangeview High School, 17599 E. Iliff Ave., Aurora, CO 80013. 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=2015

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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