Colorado Justice Department: The Colorado Supreme Court hears arguments at Pomona High School in Arvada on October 26th


October 21, 2021

DENVER – The Colorado Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on two counts in front of an audience of students on Tuesday, October 26, 2021 at Pomona High School in Arvada. Limited seating is available for the public and all school visitors are required to wear face masks inside.

The visit is part of the Courts in the community, an outreach program presented to the Colorado Supreme Court and Court of Appeals on Law Day (Jan. Courts in the community is designed to give high school students in Colorado an insight into the Colorado judicial system and demonstrate how disputes are resolved in a democratic society. These are not bogus procedures. In specific cases, the court will hear arguments from which it will issue opinions. The court usually issues opinions within a few months of the arguments.

All seven judges negotiate cases together. They are Chief Justice Brian D. Boatright and Judges Monica M. Márquez, William W. Hood III, Richard L. Gabriel, Melissa Hart, Carlos A. Samour Jr., and Maria E. Berkenkotter.

The two cases are:

The hearing begins on Tuesday, October 26th, 2021 at 9 a.m. in the auditorium of the Pomona Gymnasium, 8101 W. Pomona Dr., Arvada, CO 80005. A question-and-answer session in which the students can ask questions. will follow the arguments in any case. At the end of the second argument, students also have the opportunity to participate in a question-and-answer session with the Supreme Court judges.

The documents for these two cases can be found at:

For more information on the dishes in the community program, visit:

News media organizations interested in recording the arguments can contact Jon Sarché at [email protected] or 720-625-5811. On the following pages you will find information on advanced media coverage.

This information is provided as an email service from the Colorado State Judicial Department, Office of State Court Administrator, 1300 Broadway, Suite 1200, Denver, CO 80203. To discontinue this service or to update your email address, please reply here with your name, contact information and comments.

What: Oral arguments from the Colorado Supreme Court

When: 09:00 am – 12:00 pm, October 26th, 2021

Where: Pomona High School, 8101 W. Pomona Dr., Arvada, CO 80005

Photo opportunities. For oral arguments, the requirements set out in Chapter 38, Rule 3 of the Colorado Supreme Court Rules apply. Rule 3 is attached. The highlights include:

For more information, contact Jon Sarché, (720) 625-5811.

After any dispute, during the question-and-answer interaction between the students, lawyers, and judges, access is open to the media without the restrictions of Rule 3. All media representatives are also cordially invited to photograph lunch immediately after the falls.


9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

Opening address

9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

20SC646: Maphis v. Boulder

10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Judges conference; Lawyers answer student questions

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

20SC430: People against Ornelas-Licano

11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Judges conference; Lawyers answer student questions

11:45 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Judges answer student questions

12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. (estimated)

Small group discussions, judges and selected students

Request for extended media coverage. Requests must be submitted at least one day in advance of the procedure, as described in Rule 3 (it is recommended that requests be submitted three days prior to the procedure to allow for response time). Inquiries can be made by filling out the form below You will find the contact details of the legal advisers in the cases below.

Expanded media coverage of legal proceedings

The presence of enhanced media coverage in the courtrooms of the Colorado court system is controlled by strict standards set forth in Chapter 38, Rule 3 of the Colorado Supreme Court Rules effective July 1, 2010. The rule also describes each step that is required to obtain approval for such reporting.

As a rule, there are several points to pay particular attention to:

Request for Extended Media Coverage in Colorado State Courts

Rule 3. Media coverage of legal proceedings

Consultant contact details:

20SC646: Joy Maphis versus City of Boulder

For the applicant:

Randall J. Paulsen, Randall J. Paulsen & Associates PC, 8704 Yates Dr., Ste. 100, Westminster, CO 80031, [email protected]

Shauna O’Brien, O’Brien Law Firm LLC, 8704 Yates Dr., Ste. 100, Westminster, CO 80031, [email protected]

For the respondent:

Thomas A. Carr and Luia A. Toro, Public Prosecutor, P.O. Box 791, Boulder, CO 80306, [email protected] and [email protected]

20SC430: The People of the State of Colorado versus Jose Ornelas-Licano

For the applicant:

John T. Lee, Senior Assistant Attorney General, 1300 Broadway, 9th Floor, Denver, CO 80203, 720-508-6000, [email protected]

For the respondent:

James S. Hardy, Office of the Colorado State Public Defender, 1300 Broadway, Suite 300, Denver, CO 80203, 303-764-1400, [email protected]

This press release was prepared by the Justice Department of Colorado. The views expressed here are your own.

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