The Colorado Court of Appeals will be hearing two cases at Pine Creek High School on Monday.
Here’s a press release with the details:
DENVER – The Colorado Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments in two cases on Monday, Nov. 8, 2010, at Pine Creek High School in Colorado Springs before an audience of students. The public also is invited to attend.
The visit is part of the Colorado Judicial Branch’s Courts in the Community, the outreach program the Colorado Supreme Court and Court of Appeals initiated on Law Day (May 1), 1986. The Courts in the Community program was developed to give Colorado high school students firsthand experience in how the Colorado judicial system works and illustrate how disputes are resolved in a democratic society. These are not mock proceedings. The court will hear arguments in actual cases from which it will issue opinions. The court generally issues opinions within a few weeks of the arguments.
The 22 judges of the Colorado Court of Appeals sit in divisions of three judges to hear cases. Judges hearing today’s cases are John D. Dailey (presiding), Jerry N. Jones and Nancy J. Lichtenstein.
The two cases are:
- Whipple v. BNSF: Lavern Whipple is asking the Colorado Court of Appeals to review a jury’s conclusion that BNSF Railway Co. was not negligent in connection with a workplace accident that left him with a neck injury. After the trial, one of Mr. Whipple’s coworkers recalled a set of photographs of the accident scene that Mr. Whipple believed could have changed the jury’s verdict.
People v. Shepard-Duncan: Ms. Shepard-Duncan was convicted of felony drug possession after a stabbing incident occurred at her home when she was not there. The charges were based on drug paraphernalia and two plastic baggies containing methamphetamine residue found by a police officer who searched the home. Ms. Shepard-Duncan is asking the Court of Appeals to review her case, arguing the trial court should have concluded the officer illegally searched her home, and should not have admitted the drug evidence.
The proceedings will begin at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 8, 2010, in the auditorium at Pine Creek High School, 10750 Thunder Mountain Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80908. A question-and-answer session, during which the students can ask questions of the attorneys, will follow the arguments in each case. At the conclusion of the second argument, the students also will have the opportunity to participate in a question-and-answer session with the Court of Appeals judges.
There will be a limited number of seats for the public. Audio recordings from the two arguments will be available online within one to two days of the arguments at http://www.courts.state.co.us/Courts/Court_Of_Appeals/Oral_Arguments/Index.cfm.