August 21, 2019

New Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center To Welcome First Residents — the Colorado Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, Supreme Court Library, and Office of the State Court Administrator

On Monday, December 3, 2012, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced that the Colorado Supreme Court, Colorado Court of Appeals, Supreme Court Library, and Office of the State Court Administrator will be moving into the newly constructed Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center on December 15 and 16, 2012.

In anticipation of the move, the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals will close at 4 p.m. on Friday, December 14. They will reopen in their new location on Wednesday, December 19. Any deadlines for filings on December 17 or 18 in either court are automatically extended to December 19. The Supreme Court will not announce any decisions on December 17 and the Court of Appeals will not announce any decisions on December 20.

The Supreme Court and Court of Appeals will stop checking out records on Friday, December 7, and will not accept records for return or filing until Friday, December 21. Any records with a due date during this time period are automatically extended until December 21.

The Supreme Court Library closed on November 23, and will also reopen on December 19. The Office of the State Court Administrator will close on Friday, December 14, and will reopen on Monday, December 17.

Additionally, a media tour of the new Justice Center is being planned for Tuesday, December 11. Details will follow on the State Judicial website. For more information regarding the move to the new Justice Center, click here.

Resource: Colorado Appellate Courts, Library on the Move

If you ambled down Broadway today in hopes of doing a little legal research at the Colorado Supreme Court Library, you were no doubt surprised to discover that the lights were off and nobody was home. That’s because as of Monday, April 5, the library has closed its doors to the public to prepare for the move up the street to its temporary digs in the Denver Newspaper Agency Building.

The move comes in advance of construction of the Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Complex, a $295 million, state-of-the-art judicial campus that will house the Colorado Supreme Court, the Colorado Court of Appeals, the Colorado Supreme Court Library, and the District Attorney’s Office, as well as a variety of judicial and legal offices.

The Supreme Court and Court of Appeals will close at noon on Friday, April 16, and move over the weekend. Both courts will re-open for business on Monday, April 19, in temporary courtrooms on the first floor of the Denver Newspaper Agency Building, located at 101 W. Colfax Avenue. The Supreme Court Library will reopen on April 19 as well, in new space located on the first floor (Suite A) of the building.

Additional details about the move are available here.

The new justice complex is named in honor of Colorado Governor Ralph L. Carr (pictured), who presided over the state during the contentious wartime period from 1939 to 1943. Following the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, Granada, Colorado, became “host” of Japanese-American citizens whose property and rights were stripped during a widespread fever of anti-Japanese nationalism. For purposes of “containment,” they were detained in internment camps in land-locked states until after the end of World War II.

In a 1942 letter to U.S. Attorney Thomas J. Morrissey, Carr wrote:

Colorado has no alien land law. This state bows to those principles of American government which give to American citizens the right to move freely from place to place, to earn a living as they deem fit or as circumstances allow, unhampered in their movements as individuals. The suggestion that an American citizen should be seized, deprived of his liberty, or otherwise placed under restraint without charge of misconduct and a hearing is unthinkable.

Carr’s opposition to the federal internment camp policy likely cost the governor his political career; he was unable to secure the support of the Republican Party in his bid for re-election and was passed over in favor of John Charles Vivian, who went on to win the governor’s race in 1942. He then ran for U.S. Senate but was defeated by his Democratic opponent.

As an outspoken critic of racial discrimination, Governor Carr is remembered today for his moral courage in taking the then politically unpopular stance that all Americans, no matter their ethnic or racial extraction, are entitled to tolerance and the basic rights and protections afforded to all U.S. citizens.  The justice complex dedicated in his honor will open in 2014.

To see models and learn more details of the state-of-the-art, $295 million justice center, see here and here.