THE LITIGATOR'S HANDBOOK
DISTRICT COURT JUDGES
From the Litigation Section of the Colorado Bar Association
In 2001, the Litigation Council, Litigation Section of the Colorado Bar Association undertook a project to develop The Litigator's Handbook of Colorado District Court Judges. It was envisioned that distribution of the handbook would improve the efficiency of the legal process for judges, clerks, attorneys and the parties involved. The goal was to provide information to attorneys on the procedures, policies and preferences of each district court judge, and thereby reduce time delays and misunderstandings. The responses from the survey are presented in the "Courtroom Procedures, Policies and Preferences" sections.
The handbook consists of the responses of 86 (63%) of the district court judges. The judges and clerks responded to both open-ended and multiple choice questions. In general, answers in response to all questions are in bold. However, because many of their responses were qualified, the information has been presented in the manner which most clearly conveys the information and may vary with the general bold guidelines stated above. For this reason it is imperative that each response be read carefully because responses which appear the same, may on closer reading be quite different.
In addition to the procedural information, biographical information on each judge was also requested. The information varies depending upon how comfortable the judge was with providing the information in each area. Also, photographs have been included when available.
The distribution of this information should assist attorneys in becoming more familiar and complying with the individual policies of each judge. It is the intent of the Litigation Council to update the handbook periodically in order to include information on newly appointed judges as well as the changing procedures of current judges.
The information in this handbook is meant to act as a general guideline. The actual procedures followed will depend upon the individual circumstances of the case and the discretion of the judge. It is the resposibility of each attorney to confirm the actual procedures which will be required for his or her case.
It is also the responsibility of each attorney to be informed of changes in rules which will effect the responses contained herein.