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Archives for March 22, 2016

Hon. C. Scott Crabtree, Hon. Robert S. Doyle, and Hon. Jeffrey L. Romeo to Retire

On Monday, March 21, 2016, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the retirement of Hon. C. Scott Crabtree, district court judge in the Seventeenth Judicial District, effective June 1, 2016. Two additional vacancies on the Adams County Court in the Seventeenth Judicial District will be created by the retirements of Hon. Robert S. Doyle, effective July 1, 2016, and Hon. Jeffrey L. Romeo, effective January 1, 2017.

Judge Crabtree was appointed to the Seventh Judicial District Court in 2001, where he presides over a docket of domestic relations, probate, criminal, and civil cases. Prior to his appointment, he was a general practitioner with an emphasis on civil litigation. He received his undergraduate degree from Colorado College and his law degree from the University of Nebraska.

Judge Doyle was appointed to the Adams County Court in 2004. Prior to his appointment, he was a magistrate in the Seventeenth Judicial District and Chief Deputy District Attorney for the Adams County District Attorney’s Office. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder and his law degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

Judge Romeo was appointed to the Adams County Court in 1990, where he presides over a docket of felony criminal, misdemeanor, and traffic cases. He was a Deputy District Attorney in Adams County prior to his appointment, and was also in private practice. He received both his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Colorado.

Applications are now being accepted for the upcoming vacancies. Application forms are available on the State Judicial website and also from the ex officio chair of the Seventeenth Judicial District Nominating Commission, Justice Brian Boatright. Eligible applicants for the district court vacancy must be qualified electors of the Seventeenth Judicial District and must have been admitted to practice law in Colorado for five years. Eligible applicants for the Adams County Court vacancies must be qualified electors of Adams County and must have been admitted to practice law in Colorado for five years. Applications for the district court vacancy must be received no later than 4 p.m. on April 14, 2016. Anyone wishing to nominate another must do so no later than 4 p.m. on April 7, 2016. Applications for the county court vacancies must be received no later than 4 p.m. on May 2, 2016. Anyone wishing to nominate another for the county court vacancies must do so no later than 4 p.m. on April 25, 2016.

For more information about the district court vacancy, click here. For more information about the county court vacancies, click here.

Colorado Supreme Court: Announcement Sheet, 3/21/2016

On Monday, March 21, 2016, the Colorado Supreme Court issued one published opinion.

Boulder County v. Boulder & Weld County Ditch Co.

The summary of this case is forthcoming, courtesy of The Colorado Lawyer.

Neither State Judicial nor the Colorado Bar Association provides case summaries for unpublished appellate opinions. The case announcement sheet is available here.

Colorado Supreme Court: Historical Consumptive Use Analysis Deficient so No Error in Denying Water Right Application

The Colorado Supreme Court issued its opinion in Boulder County v. Boulder & Weld County Mutual Ditch Co. on Monday, March 21, 2016.

Change of Water Right and Augmentation Plan Application—Historical Consumptive Use Analysis—Applicant’s Burden of Proof.

In this decision, the Supreme Court affirmed the water court’s judgment dismissing Boulder County’s application for underground water rights, approval of a plan for augmentation, a change of water rights, and an appropriative right of substitution and  exchange. The components of the County’s application were interdependent, such that  the fate of the application as a whole turned on the fate of the requested change of water  rights. The water court denied the change request based on its determination that the  County failed to carry its burden of proving historical consumptive use of the water right it sought to change. The Supreme Court concluded that this determination was supported by the record and therefore upheld it.

Summary and full case available here, courtesy of The Colorado Lawyer.

Tenth Circuit: Unpublished Opinions, 3/21/2016

On Monday, March 21, 2016, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals issued no published opinion and one unpublished opinion.

Francoeur v. U.S. Bank National Association

Case summaries are not provided for unpublished opinions. However, published opinions are summarized and provided by Legal Connection.