August 24, 2019

Nominees Sought for Two District Court Judgeships in 17th Judicial District

Two new district court judgeships have been created in the Seventeenth Judicial District, and applicants are being sought for the positions. The new judgeships were authorized by the passage of House Bill 07-1054 (pdf) in 2007, which funded several new positions on district and county court benches in Colorado.

The Seventeenth District Judicial Nominating Commission will convene on Monday, November 8 and Tuesday, November 9, at the Adams County Judicial Center in Brighton to vet applicants and recommend nominees to fill the newly created vacancies. The Commission will then recommend finalists for Gov. Ritter to consider for appointment. The governor must announce his appointees within the 15-day period proscribed by the Colorado Constitution.

Judges in the district court preside over domestic relations, felony criminal, juvenile, and civil matters for the 500,000+ residents of Adams and Broomfield counties. They receive a provisional, two-year appointment by the governor, after which they are retained by voter approval every six years. The annual salary is $128,598. The new judges’ appointments begin January 1, 2011.

All attorneys licensed to practice in Colorado for at least five years and who are qualified electors in the Seventeenth Judicial District are eligible to apply for the judgeships. Detailed information about the District and the application are available online.

Application packages (consisting of one original application plus seven copies) must be received by the office of Commission ex officio chair, Justice Nathan B. Coats, 101 W. Colfax Ave., Eighth Floor, no later than Wednesday, October 20, at 3:00 p.m.

The provisions of HB 07-1054 have created a number of new judgeships announced in recent months, including two district court judgeships apiece in the Second and Fourth judicial districts and one county court judgeship in the El Paso County Court. State Judicial last week announced a newly created position on the Adams County bench (also in the Seventeenth Judicial District), which has an October 20 application deadline. Individuals interested in applying for both the Seventeenth Judicial District and Adams County judgeships must submit a single application package that indicates their interest in being considered for both positions.

In related news from the Seventeenth Judicial District, the successor to District Court Judge John Bryant, who will not stand for retention in November’s election, will be named by Gov. Ritter this week. The nominees are Robert Walter Kiesnowski, Jr., of Commerce City, Cynthia J. Kowert of Brighton, and Ted C. Tow III of Northglenn.

Medical Marijuana at the Center of CDPHE Rulemaking Hearing

Two proposed amendments to the Code of Colorado Regulations (CCR) regarding medical marijuana are the subject of a public hearing slated for late October.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) invites public comment on measures being considered for addition to 5 CCR 1006-2, “Medical Use of Marijuana,” that will (1) codify the petitioning process for adding “debilitating medical conditions” approved for treatment with medical marijuana and (2) establish guidelines and procedures for indigent medical marijuana patients to receive benefits.

Interested parties are welcome to attend the rulemaking hearing on Wednesday, October 20, in the Sabin-Cleere Conference room at CDPHE office, located in Denver at 4300 Cherry Creek Dr. South, on the first floor of Building A. The hearing is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m.

For more information, contact Karen Osthus at the CDPHE, (303) 692-3466.

Secretary of State Posts New Fee Increases

The Colorado Secretary of State has posted fee increases for its services, effective August 2010. View the full schedule of fees here.

Denver County Court Civil Division Changes Hours of Operation

Effective September 7, the hours of operation for the Denver Count Court Civil Division are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Aurora’s Arapahoe County Courthouse Closes; Judicial Matters Move to Arapahoe County Justice Center in Littleton

The Arapahoe County Courthouse, located at 15400 E. 14th Ave. in Aurora, permanently closed its doors for all court business on Friday, August 20. Judicial matters once served by this courthouse have since been consolidated to the Arapahoe County Justice Center, 7325 S. Potomac St. in Centennial.

Recent renovations to the justice center facilitated the move of Arapahoe County court business to a single location. Of the transfer, Eighteenth Judicial District Chief Judge William B. Sylvester remarked:

The consolidation of court services to the Arapahoe County Justice Center in Centennial will eliminate the confusion caused over the years as to which courthouse people are to appear in. This move will enable the court to better serve the public by providing judicial services in one central location.

The county’s Department of Probation Services still operates out of the former courthouse. All civil and small claims matters served by the county’s Littleton courthouse located at 1790 W. Littleton Blvd. will continue being heard at that location.

Monica Marquez Tapped for Colorado Supreme Court

UPDATE: Thanks to Law Week (which also scooped the Denver Post on the story, by the way) for posting the audio of the press conference.

Governor Bill Ritter today appointed Monica Marquez to the Colorado Supreme Court, replacing Chief Justice Mary Mullarkey, who will retire this November.

Marquez, 41, comes to the bench after a distinguished legal career that includes clerking at both the Tenth Circuit and U.S. District Court level, working in private practice at Holme Roberts & Owen, and representing various governmental agencies and officials as deputy attorney general for the Colorado Attorney General’s Office. She is the first Latina and openly gay member of the court, and is likely to be the sole supreme court appointment made by Ritter in his single term as governor.

Other finalists for the Supreme Court bench were the Honorable David Price of Colorado’s Fourth Judicial District and the Honorable Robert Russel of the Colorado Court of Appeals.

Domestic/Family Court Forms, Including Adoption and Paternity, Overhauled by State Judicial

State Judicial this month issued new or revised adoption, domestic/family, and paternity forms and instructions of interest to attorneys practicing family law in Colorado. The new forms went into effect in August or September (as noted below), and practitioners should begin using them immediately.

All forms are available in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) and Microsoft Word formats. Many are also available as Word templates; download templates from State Judicial’s individual Adoption, Domestic/FamilyPaternity forms pages.

Adoption

  • JDF 495, “Instructions for Second Parent Adoption” (8/10)
  • JDF 497, “Instructions for Validation of Foreign Adoption” (revised 8/10)
  • JDF 504, “Petition for Second Parent Adoption” (revised 8/10)
  • JDF 508, “Consent to Adoption – Sole Legal Parent” (8/10)
  • JDF 514, “Notice of Hearing” (revised 8/10)
  • JDF 524, “Decree Validating Foreign Adoption” (revised 8/10)
  • JDF 527, “Petition for Validation of Foreign Decree of Adoption” (revised 8/10)

Domestic/Family

  • JDF 1102, “Summons for Dissolution of Marriage or Legal Separation” (revised 8/10)
  • JDF 1104, “Certificate of Compliance with Mandatory Financial Disclosures” (revised 8/10)
  • JDF 1413, “Petition for Allocation of Parental Responsibilities” (revised 8/10)
  • JDF 1413I, “Instructions for Petition for Allocation of Parental Responsibilities (Decision-Making and Parenting Time)” (revised 8/10)
  • JDF 1414, “Summons to Respond to Petition for Allocation of Parental Responsibilities” (revised 8/10)
  • JDF 1600, “Instructions to File for a Declaration of Invalidity of Marriage (Annulment)” (revised 9/10)
  • JDF 1601, “Petition for Declaration of Invalidity of Marriage” (revised 9/10)
  • JDF 1602, “Summons for Declaration of Invalidity of Marriage” (revised 9/10)

Paternity

  • JDF 1500, “Instructions to Establish Paternity” (revised 8/10)
  • JDF 1501, “Petition for Paternity” (revised 8/10)
  • JDF 1502, “Summons in Paternity” (revised 8/10)
  • JDF 1513, “Instructions to Disclaim Paternity” (revised 8/10)
  • JDF 1514, “Petition to Disclaim Paternity” (revised 8/10)
  • JDF 1515, “Summons to Disclaim Paternity” (revised 8/10)

State Judicial is in the process of translating all of its forms into Spanish, but not all forms are available in Spanish yet. Please note that regardless of whether a form is English or Spanish, state statute (§ 13-1-120, C.R.S.) requires all forms to be completed in English.

State Judicial Updates Forms Across Practice Areas

State Judicial recently updated forms and instructions across a variety of practice areas.

These forms are available in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) and Microsoft Word formats, with many forms also available as Word templates. Download Word templates from State Judicial.

Please note that some forms are used in more than one practice area. For ease of use, we have subdivided them into the same categories as State Judicial; thus, some items may be listed here more than once. Effective dates are noted below.

Bond

  • JDF 370, Appearance Bond (revised 8/10)

Eviction

  • JDF 98, Affidavit of Service (revised 9/10)

General District Court

  • JDF 98, Affidavit of Service (revised 9/10)

Money Demand

  • JDF 98, Affidavit of Service (revised 9/10)

Name Change – Obtain Identity Documents (Felony/Juvenile Delinquent)

  • JDF 385, Instructions for Filing a Change of Name to Obtain Identity-Related Documents (revised 8/10)
  • JDF 386, Petition for Change of Name to Obtain Identity-Related Documents (revised 8/10)
  • JDF 387, Order for Change of Name to Obtain Identity-Related Documents (revised 8/10)

Replevin (County and District Courts)

  • JDF 98, Affidavit of Service (revised 9/10)

Small Claims

  • JDF 98, Affidavit of Service (revised 9/10)

New Expedited Foreclosure Sales Forms Released by State Judicial

State Judicial recently created instructions and four Rule 120 residential foreclosure sales forms of interest to attorneys practicing real estate law in Colorado. The new forms went into effect in August, and practitioners should begin using them immediately.

All documents are available in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format. The forms are also available as Word documents and templates, which may be downloaded from State Judicial’s Residential Foreclosure Sales page.

Instructions

  • JDF 620, “Instructions for Filing a Response to a Rule 120 Notice” (8/10)

Forms

  • JDF 618, “Notice of Hearing for Expedited Residential Foreclosure Sale” (8/10)
  • JDF 618S, “Notice of Hearing for Expedited Residential Foreclosure Sale – Bilingual” (8/10)
  • JDF 619, “Order for Expedited Residential Foreclosure Sale” (8/10)
  • JDF 621, “Verified Response to a Rule 120 Notice (Foreclosure Sale)” (8/10)
For information on public trustee foreclosures in Colorado, see our book, Public Trustee Foreclosure in Colorado, by Robert A. Homes.

Garfield County Court Judge Jason Jovanovich Decides Against Retention

Garfield County Court Judge Jason D. Jovanovich on Wednesday announced his intention not to stand for retention in this fall’s election.

The seven-member Ninth Judicial District Court Nominating Commission will convene at the Garfield Combined Courthouse in Glenwood Springs on Monday, August 30, to vet and interview applicants. Following the interviews, the Commission will recommend finalists to Gov. Bill Ritter, who is expected to announce his nominee within the 15-day period proscribed by the Colorado Constitution.

Situated in Colorado’s high country, Garfield County is home to just over 55,000 residents and incorporates the towns of Rifle, Glenwood Springs, and Carbondale. The Gilpin County Court judgeship is for a Special Associate County Judge “who shall maintain his official residence and court chambers in the city of Rifle,” as required by C.R.S. § 13-6-209. It is a part-time (90 percent) position, with an annual salary of $110,760.30.

Judges at the county court level receive a provisional, two-year appointment by the governor, after which they are retained by voter approval every four years. Judge Jovanovich’s successor will begin his or her appointment in January 2011.

Registered electors in Garfield County who are high school graduates or have attained its equivalence (via a GED) are eligible to apply for the judgeship. Detailed information about courts in the Ninth Judicial District and the application are available online. Application packages (consisting of one original application plus seven copies) must be received by the office of Commission ex officio chair, Justice Nancy E. Rice, 101 W. Colfax Ave., Eighth Floor, no later than Friday, August 20, at 12:00 p.m.

U.S. Trustee Seeking Applicants for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Panel

The Office of the United States Trustee in Denver seeks applicants to fill a vacancy on the Trustee’s Chapter 7 Panel serving Region 19.

The Panel administers United States Bankruptcy Court filings in Denver, Colorado Springs, Fort Collins, and Grand Junction.

Applicants must have strong administrative, and interpersonal skills, as well as meet the minimum requirements outlined in 28 C.F.R. Part 58.3. Fiduciary and bankruptcy experience is preferred, but not required. Applicants must qualify to be bonded, with the successful applicant undergoing a background check prior to appointment.

Interested individuals should submit a résumé no later than Saturday, August 28 to:

Office of the United States Trustee

ATTN: Laura Plumery

999 18th St., Suite 1551

Denver, CO 80202

Denver County Seeks New Judge to Succeed Retiring Judge Herbert Galchinsky

Veteran Denver County Court Judge Herbert Galchinsky has announced his retirement, and the Denver County Court Judicial Nomination Commission is accepting applications for Denver attorneys interested in succeeding him on the bench.

All attorneys licensed to practice in Colorado for at least five years and who are registered electors in Denver are eligible to apply for the judgeship. Application packages (consisting of one original application plus eight copies) must be received by the Denver County Court Presiding Judge’s Office at the City and County Building, 1437 Bannock St., Room 108, no later than Friday, August 13 at 5:00 p.m.

County court judges receive a provisional, two-year appointment by the governor, after which they are retained by voter approval every four years. The annual salary is $152,445.

Judge Galchinsky is affectionately nicknamed “Herbie the Love Judge” due to his popularity as a marriage official in his off hours.  He has served as a county judge for 16 years.

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