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CJI Sponsors Colorado’s Legal Resource Day

By Amy Ostheimer, CJI Executive Director

The Colorado Judicial Institute was pleased to sponsor Colorado’s Legal Resource Day for the fourth consecutive year in 15 of Colorado’s judicial districts. The event is part of a broader federal program to celebrate the nation's commitment to the rule of law.

With nearly 1,000 people in attendance, the highest percentage of participants was seen in Jefferson County. Domestic is always at the top of the issues, primarily in the areas of divorce, child custody, and a growing number of grandparent rights. 

Topics that were covered in each district included:

  • Divorce/Custody
  • Eviction
  • Child Support
  • Small Claims
  • Tenant/Landlord
  • Cases about Money
  • Criminal/Traffic/Juvenile

All judicial districts offered the ever popular “Ask-An-Attorney.”

Many of the people who attend Legal Resource Day have already made contact with a self-help center. Legal Resource Day provides more in-depth information by way of educational sessions and/or by participating in the ask-an-attorney segment.

“Thanks to the continued support of CJI, courts are able to host Legal Resource Day across the state providing additional services to self-represented litigants that they may not have received otherwise,” offered Penny Wagner, Self-Representative Litigant (SHERLOCK) Coordinator, State Court Administrators’ Office.

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New at CJI: CJI Announces 2017 Judicial Excellence Awards Honorees and New JPE Legislation
New at CJI: Judicial Excellence Nominees Announced and CJI Welcomes New Board Members
New at CJI: Education Grants for Pro Se Litigant Training/Nominations Open for Judicial Excellence Awards
Colorado Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Judicial Merit Selection
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