July 22, 2019

Instructors Needed for Popular Small Claims and Collections Pro se Clinics

These popular clinics are offered once a month in Denver. Volunteer attorneys simply offer instruction to attendees on how to file their own small claims cases in court, and how to collect on their judgments. Tips include gathering information, forms (where to get them and how to complete them), filing (how and where), defending one’s position (do’s and don’ts), and court procedures.

These free informational clinics welcome general questions but will not provide direct legal advice nor will they directly assist in completing forms.

For more information or to volunteer for either of the clinics, email Meghan Bush.

Both Clinics are held at the Denver City and County Building, 1437 Bannock Street, Room 164, from 11 am to 1 pm. The Small Claims Clinic meets the third Tuesday of every month and the Collections Clinic meets the third Thursday of every month.

New Courtroom Assignments and Numbers for Denver District Court

Last week, Denver District Court announced new numbers and courtroom assignments for courtrooms located in the Denver City & County Building (1437 Bannock). The courtroom numbers will change on January 1, 2011; the courtroom assignments will change on January 11, 2011.

The criminal courtroom numbers and assignments in the Lindsey-Flanigan Courthouse (520 W. Colfax) will not change.

Additionally, with the July 2010 move of the Denver District Court criminal and juvenile divisions to the Lindsey-Flanigan Courthouse, two courtrooms have been added to the domestic and civil divisions in the Denver City & County Building.  Courtroom 303 will be the new domestic courtroom and Courtroom 414 will be the new civil courtroom.

The courtrooms of Denver District Court will be renumbered and assigned as follows:

Current New Judicial Officer
Courtroom 1 Courtroom 259 Judge Michael A. Martinez
Courtroom 2 Courtroom 269 Judge Ann B. Frick
Courtroom 3 Courtroom 280 Judge Morris B. Hoffman
Courtroom 4 Courtroom 309 Judge John W. Madden IV
Courtroom 5 Courtroom 203 Judge Brian Whitney
Courtroom 6 Courtroom 209 Chief Judge Robert S. Hyatt
Courtroom 7 Courtroom 215 Judge William W. Hood
Courtroom 8 Courtroom 376 Judge Catherine A. Lemon
Courtroom 9 Courtroom 424 Judge Sheila A. Rappaport
Courtroom 15A Courtroom 316 Magistrate Diane Dupree
Courtroom 15B Courtroom 320 Magistrate Elizabeth D. Leith
Courtroom 17 Courtroom 414 New Civil – Judge TBD
Courtroom 18 Courtroom 368 Judge Norman D. Haglund
Courtroom 19 Courtroom 275 Judge R. Michael Mullins
Courtroom 21 Courtroom 331 Judge Michael J. Vallejos
Courtroom 22 Courtroom 311 Judge Herbert L. Stern III
New Courtroom Courtroom 303 New Domestic – Judge TBD

For more information, contact Denver District Court Administration at (720) 865-8301.

Second Judicial District Court on the Move, Literally, This Week

Monday, July 28 is the last day for Second Judicial District Court felony criminal, drug, and juvenile matters to be heard at Denver’s City and County Building.

The Lindsey-Flanigan Courthouse, located at 520 W. Colfax Ave., will open for business on Tuesday, July 6, following the Independence Day holiday weekend. Named for two distinguished Colorado judges, the new $36 million justice center will house 29 spacious new courtrooms and offices for the district attorney, city attorney, clerks of court, public defender, probation, jury assembly, and jury commissioner, as well as temporary inmate holding for both adults and juveniles. An underground tunnel will connect the courthouse to the Van Cise-Simonet Detention Center, specifically designed for the safe transport of inmates between the detention center and courthouse.

During the week of the move, district and county court criminal and juvenile cases will be heard on an as-needed or emergency basis. The full docket resumes for all courts on July 6.

Of the new courthouse, Second Judicial District Chief Judge Robert S. Hyatt said:

“We are very pleased to be making the move to the new courthouse. The Lindsey-Flanigan complex stands as a modern symbol of the rule of law with its safety features and technological capabilities helping to ensure effective and efficient administration of justice.”

Matters to be heard at the Lindsey-Flanigan Courthouse include:

  • Misdemeanors, such as DUI and third-degree assaults;
  • Municipal ordinance violations, such as disturbing the peace, loitering, and domestic violence;
  • Building and zoning code violations;
  • Municipal ordinance violations committed by juveniles, such as petty theft, trespass, and curfew violations;
  • Felonies through preliminary hearing;
  • Felony criminal matters;
  • Drug charges; and
  • Juvenile matters.

Courtroom assignments are detailed here.

Matters heard at the Denver City and County Building after the July 6 move include:

  • Traffic violations; and
  • District court civil matters.

District court family matters are currently being heard at 303 W. Colfax, but will return to the City and County Building on August 16. County court civil (including protection orders) and small claims cases will still be heard at 1515 Cleveland Place, Fourth Floor. Parking violations will still be heard in the Parking Magistrate’s Office at 201 W. Colfax, First Floor.

The Lindsey-Flanigan Courthouse was once the former Rocky Mountain News building and was “deconstructed,” rather than demolished, a process utilizing recycled building materials in keeping with earth-friendly construction practices. It features many of the sustainability merits needed to qualify for the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) designation (still pending), including two “green” roofs, systems for efficient lighting and water usage, a naturally ventilated atrium, recyclable item collection, and bicycle storage.

The legal legacies of Judge Benjamin Barr Lindsey and Judge James C. Flanigan are commemorated in the naming of the new courthouse. Judge Lindsey is remembered for establishing the stand-alone juvenile court system in Denver and for fighting the rise of the Ku Klux Klan. Judge Flanigan was the first African American in Colorado to serve as deputy district attorney, Denver municipal court judge, and Denver District Court judge. The courthouse also features the Cisneros Jury Assembly Room, named after Judge Roger Cisneros, a Colorado State senator, WWII veteran, founder of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF), and the Latin American Research and Service Agency (LARASA). Though retired, Judge Cisneros remains active in legal and judicial activities.

(image source: City of Denver)