Colorado Court of Appeals

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One of the Colorado Court of Appeals courtrooms in the Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center in Denver.

The Colorado Court of Appeals is the intermediate-level appellate court for the state of Colorado. It was established by statute in 1891, and abolished in 1905. But re-established in 1913, and re-abolished in 1917 and established its current form again in 1970 [1] by the Colorado General Assembly under Article VI, Section 1 of the Constitution of Colorado.[2]


The Court of Appeals has appellate jurisdiction over cases from the Colorado District Courts, Denver Probate Court, and Denver Juvenile Court, as well as cases from various state agenciesthis court revised cases, after the low court hearing and verdict. The court mission is to review the decision and check if the law were apply correctly. However, this court does not guarantee the final decision because the Supreme Court has a power to reviews the Court of Appeals’ decisions. The Colorado appeals court had appealed more than 100 cases each year since 2012.


Colorado Court of Appeals in Denver

The court is based in Denver, but is authorized to sit in any county seat to hear cases. The court sends panels once a year to decide cases at the University of Colorado School of Law and the Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver to allow law students to observe the appellate process.

The court has two courtrooms in the Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center, located at 2 East 14th Avenue in Denver, Colorado.


The Colorado Court of Appeals, located in Denver, has 22 judges,five females and seventeen males. Two judges from Ivy leagues school Yale and Harvard Law School and one Chief Judge Chief Judge Alan M. Loeb from University of Michigan Law School. Each of these judges has his or her own separate chambers located in the state judicial building as of October 2014. The court sits in panels of three to hear cases. Assignments to these panels are made by the chief judge.

Chief Judge Alan M. Loeb

  • Judge Daniel M. Taubman
  • Judge James S. Casebolt
  • Judge John Daniel Dailey
  • Judge John R. Webb
  • Judge Dennis Graham
  • Judge Robert D. Hawthorne
  • Judge Gilbert M. Roman
  • Judge David Furman
  • Judge Steve Bernard
  • Judge Diana Terry
  • Judge Jerry N. Jones
  • Judge Nancy J. Lichtenstein
  • Judge Richard L. Gabriel
  • Judge David J. Richman
  • Judge Gale T. Miller
  • Judge Laurie A. Booras
  • Judge Terry Fox
  • Judge Stephanie Dunn
  • Judge Anthony J. Navarro
  • Judge Karen M Ashby
  • Judge Michael H. Berger

These, 22 judges are retained by the public to serve eight-year terms. The Court sits in three-member divisions to decide cases. The Chief Judge, appointed by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, assigns judges to the divisions and rotates their assignments. These court also has many others employee including support staff, secretary, law clerk, reporter and attorneys. All, Court employee are 105, including the judges. Even though the court has many employees, in the past two decades the states appeal court has experienced a dramatic increase in both caseload volume and delay. Because of this, case time is measured in terms of months and years.

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1. "Columbia Law Review Association, Inc." JSTOR. Columbia Law Review, n.d. Web. 8 Dec. 2014. 2. Smith, Eduard. "Court of Appeals." Duke Law Review, n.d. Web. 5 July 2013. 3. Bryson, Elizabeth. "Colorado Judicial Branch - Court of Appeals - Homepage." Colorado Judicial Branch - Court of Appeals - Homepage. Colorado Judicial Branch, n.d. Web. 1 Aug. 2015.

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