September 25, 2018

Andrea Eddy and Chelsea Malone Appointed as Denver County Court Judges

On Thursday, April 14, 2016, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock announced his appointments of Andrea Eddy and Chelsea Malone to the bench of the Denver County Court. Eddy and Malone will fill vacancies created by the retirements of Hon. Alfred Harrell and Hon. Kerry Hada, and the appointments will be effective the first week of July 2016.

Eddy is currently a Denver County Court magistrate. Prior to her work on the Denver County Court, Eddy was a Senior Deputy District Attorney in the Denver District Attorney’s Office. She is a member of the Colorado Women’s Bar Association and the Colorado GLBT Bar Association.

Malone is currently a solo practitioner at the Law Offices of Chelsea Malone and Of Counsel to the Law Offices of Fred Andrew Dunsing. Previously, Malone served as a Deputy State Public Defender. She is a member of the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, Colorado Women’s Bar Association, and the Asian Pacific American Bar Association.

For more information about the appointments, click here.

Kerri Lombardi Appointed to Denver County Court

On Monday, April 13, 2015, Mayor Hancock’s office announced the mayor’s appointment of Kerri Lombardi as Denver County Court judge, effective May 1, 2015. Lombardi will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Hon. James Breese.

Lombardi is currently Chief Deputy District Attorney in the Denver District Attorney’s office, where she has been a prosecutor for 15 years and is currently the co-chief of the Family Violence Unit. She has extensive trial experience and routinely teaches and trains in this specialized area of expertise. She is involved in numerous boards, committees, and community organizations related to her area of expertise. Ms. Lombardi is a 1993 graduate of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

Finalists Announced for Denver County Court Vacancy

On March 27, 2015, the Denver County Court Judicial Nominating Commission transmitted the names of three contenders for the Denver County Court vacancy to Mayor Hancock. The Denver County Court vacancy will be created by the retirement of Hon. James Breese, effective April 30, 2015.

Mayor Hancock has until April 13, 2015, to select one of the nominees for appointment to the Denver County Court bench. The three nominees are Patrick McKinstry, Chelsea Reiss, and Kerri Lombardi. Comments about the nominees can be submitted to the mayor via email.

 

Three Judges to Retire from Denver County Court

On Tuesday, July 29, 2014, the Denver County Court announced the retirement of three judges – Judge Claudia Jordan, Judge Mary Celeste, and Judge Larry Bohning. Judge Jordan will retire effective September 30, 2014, and Judges Celeste and Bohning plan to retire in January 2015.

Judge Claudia Jordan was appointed to the Denver County Court bench in 1994. She was a deputy state public defender prior to her appointment, and was in private practice prior to that. Judge Jordan received her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina and her law degree from the University of Colorado School of Law.

Judge Mary Celeste was appointed to the Denver County Court bench in 2000. Judge Celeste also serves as an adjunct professor at DU’s Sturm College of Law. Prior to her appointment to the Denver County Court, she was in private practice from 1985 to 2000. Judge Celeste has been published in a variety of journals, including The Colorado LawyerCourt ReviewPreventive Law Journal, and California Western International Law Journal. She is a frequent speaker at programs in Colorado and throughout the United States. She received her law degree from California Western School of Law in 1983.

Judge Larry Bohning was appointed to the bench in 1980. Prior to his appointment, Judge Bohning worked as a staff attorney for the Colorado General Assembly and as an assistant county attorney for the CIty & County of Denver. Judge Bohning received his undergraduate degree from Dakota Wesleyan University and his law degree from the University of South Dakota School of Law. He is involved in several community activities, including the CBA Board of Governors, the Community College of Denver Foundation, and many CBA and DBA committees. He also participates as a volunteer judge for moot court competitions across the state.

Applications for these vacancies are available on the Denver County Court website. Eligible applicants must be qualified electors of Denver County and must have been licensed to practice law in Colorado for five years. Applications are due no later than 5 p.m. on August 11, 2014. More information is available from the Presiding Judge’s Office, 1437 Bannock, Room 108 or (720) 865-7870.

Hon. Raymond Satter to Retire from Denver County Court

The Denver County Court announced Thursday that Hon. Raymond Satter will retire from the bench, effective June 30, 2014. Judge Satter was appointed to the Denver County Court in 1987. He currently presides over a general docket, and was named “Jolliest Judge” by the Denver Bar Association in 1994. He received the Judicial Excellence Award from the DBA in 1992 and 1995. He has presented at many judicial education programs and is an active member of the CBA Ethics Committee. He received his undergraduate degrees from the University of Denver and his J.D. from Catholic University of America.

Applications are being accepted for the vacancy. Eligible applicants must have been licensed to practice law in Colorado for at least five years and must be qualified electors of Denver County. Applications must be filed with the Denver County Court Presiding Judge no later than 5 p.m. on April 4, 2014. Application forms and additional information regarding the vacancy may be obtained from the presiding judge’s office or from the Denver County Court website.

“Veterans Stand Down” Event To Be Held November 8, 2012

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Denver Regional Office will hold its second Veterans Stand Down event on Thursday, November 8, 2012. Homeless veterans with certain types of open court cases in the Denver County Court can meet with Denver County Court Judge Raymond N. Satter and volunteer attorneys to resolve those legal issues. Denver Bar Association volunteer attorneys will also provide information and referrals to legal services organizations.

“We had a great response last year to the court being in place at the Stand Down and we’re happy that we can continue to offer this valuable service, in addition to Denver Bar Association volunteers providing general legal information. In this way, veterans can take care of old pending matters and have important benefits reinstated once again,” noted Satter.

The Veterans Stand Down will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the Colorado National Guard Armory at 5275 Franklin Street. Veterans who attend will also receive food, clothing, health check-ups, and employment services.

Denver Drug Court Opens a Special Track for Veterans

Earlier this month, the Denver Adult Drug Court implemented a Veterans Track within its existing problem-solving courts program. As a result, some military veterans charged with non-violent crimes may now have the opportunity to be enrolled in the court-monitored treatment and accountability program.

The drug court program was expanded to create the new track, which is designed to balance the specialized treatment needs of veterans with the need to protect the community’s safety. The goal is to provide non-violent offenders with effective treatment while still holding them accountable for their actions.

According to the press release from State Judicial, the National Association of Drug Court Professionals reports that one in six veterans returning from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq suffer from a substance abuse challenge; one in five has symptoms of a mental disorder or cognitive impairment. Post-traumatic stress disorder can be an underlying factor in crimes allegedly committed by veterans and their subsequent involvement with the criminal justice system.

“The Denver Adult Drug Court once again is in the forefront in addressing the critical needs of vulnerable segments of our society,” said Denver District Court Chief Judge Robert S. Hyatt. “Providing a specialized court experience for veterans is a logical extension of the many services already available in the Denver Adult Drug Court.”

The new arm of the Denver Adult Drug Court is the second court program in Colorado specifically designed to address the needs of military veterans. A Veteran Trauma Court in the Fourth Judicial District, which serves El Paso and Teller counties, has been operating for two years with a similar goal and program.

Other new services provided to veterans have also been organized this month. The Colorado Bar Association is sponsoring Veterans’ Legal Clinics, which begin in November. Additionally, a new website has been created to connect local veterans with the people who want to help them resolve their legal issues.

For more information on Veterans Track program and the Veterans Trauma Court, contact Laura Williams, Colorado Department of Human Services, Division of Behavioral Health, at (303) 866-7433 or laura.williams@state.co.us.

Click here to read the full press release about the veterans track from State Judicial.

Denver County Court Closed Friday; All State Courts Closed Labor Day

The Denver County Court will be closed on Friday, September 2, 2011 for a budget-mandated furlough day.

All state courts will be closed on Monday, September 5 in observance of the Labor Day Holiday.

Mandatory Electronic Case Filing for Replevin and Nuisance Abatement in Denver County Court

Effective Tuesday, July 5, 2011, the Denver County Court Presiding Judge Order regarding the electronic filing of civil cases has been amended to require mandatory electronic case filing for Replevin and Nuisance Abatement cases, including all new case filing and pleadings.

Replevin and Nuisance Abatement will join Money Demand and FED as cases in which the Clerk of the Court will only accept pleadings when filed electronically.

Pro se parties are excluded from the requirement.

Click here to read the full Executive Order explaining the change.

Denver County Court Closed Friday and Monday

The Denver County Court will be closed this Friday, July 1, 2011 for a budget-mandated furlough day, in addition to Monday, July 4, in observance of the Independence Day holiday.

New Probate Court Judge Appointed in Denver County

On Wednesday, Governor John Hickenlooper announced the appointment of Elizabeth Leith to serve as Probate Court Judge in the Second Judicial District, which serves Denver County. Leith will replace the Honorable C. Jean Stewart, who is stepping down as of June 30, 2011. Leith, who is from Denver, will begin at the Denver Probate Court on July 1.

Leith is currently Magistrate Judge for the Second Judicial District, where she has served since 1999. Before becoming a magistrate, she served as an Assistant City Attorney for Denver, Human Services Section, and as Deputy District Attorney for the Fourth Judicial District, Child Enforcement Unit. Leith also spent time as an associate attorney and in private practice.

Leith earned her bachelor’s degree from Metropolitan State College of Denver and her law degree from the University of Denver College of Law.

Denver County Court Issues Standing Order Regarding Procedures for Pattern Interrogatories and Answers

This month, Presiding Judge John M. Marcucci of the Denver County Court issued a Standing Order for Interrogatories pursuant to Colorado Rules of County Court Civil Procedure Rule 369. The order changes motion and filing requirements for Judgment Creditors and Debtors. Judgement Creditors may propound Pattern Interrogatories without further motion or order from the court and Judgement Debtors need only forward their Answers to Interrogatories to the Creditor and not file them with the court.

IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that when a party has obtained a judgment against the opposing party in a civil action in the Denver County Court and thereby becomes a Judgment Creditor; that the Judgment Creditor may propound Pattern Interrogatories to the Judgment Debtor without further motion or order from the Court, pursuant to Rule 369, C.R.C.P. and this Order;

FURTHER, the Judgment Debtor’s Answers to Interrogatories shall be forwarded to the Judgment Creditor only and said Answers shall not be filed with the Court by the Judgment Debtor.  Interrogatories shall include in the instructions that:

“JUDGMENT DEBTORS ARE TO FILE THEIR ANSWERS WITH ONLY THE JUDGMENT CREDITOR AND NOT THE COURT.”

FUTHER, Court Clerks issuing specifically Court approved Non-Pattern Interrogatories pursuant to Rule 369, C.R.C.P., shall deliver a copy hereof to the Judgment Creditor for service with the Interrogatories;

FURTHER, all Motions for Contempt Citations for failure to properly answer said Interrogatories shall be in compliance with Rule 407(c) C.R.C.P.  A Motion and Order for Contempt Citation, along with the Show Cause Citation itself are to be filed with the Court for issuance.  A copy of the Answers to Interrogatories, if any, and a proper return of service for the Interrogatories shall be included with said Motion.

FINALLY, the ORDER OF THE DENVER COUNTY COURT PRESIDING JUDGE, dated March 21, 2008, is hereby repealed.

A copy of the official signed order may be viewed here.