Colorado Supreme Court Decisions

The Colorado Supreme Court consists of seven justices, including a Chief Justice and six Associate Justices. All seven of the justices hear each case brought before the Supreme Court in a full panel, known as en banc review. These cases generally involve appeals from the Colorado Court of Appeals, but the Colorado Supreme Court also has direct jurisdiction over certain types of cases identified by Article VI of the Colorado Constitution. These include habeas corpus cases, criminal appeals, challenges to the constitutionality of statutes, Public Utilities Commission matters, and matters involving judicial misconduct, among others. The Colorado Supreme Court has the exclusive authority to set rules of practice and procedure that govern civil and criminal cases in courts throughout the state.

Justices on the Court are appointed by the Governor of Colorado, rather than being elected by voters. When a vacancy arises, the Colorado Supreme Court Nominating Commission must meet within 30 days to review candidates. To be eligible, a candidate must be under 72 years old, registered to vote in Colorado, and licensed to practice law in the state for the last five years. Once the Commission selects two or three finalists, the Governor will choose the new justice from that group. If the Governor does not make a selection, the current Chief Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court will make the decision. Once a justice has been selected, they will serve for at least two years and then seek retention in the next general election. If they are retained, they will go through a retention election every 10 years thereafter.

The Chief Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court serves as the chair of the Colorado Supreme Court Nominating Commission. The Chief Justice appoints chief judges in the Court of Appeals and district courts, and the Chief Justice has the authority to appoint other judges to serve on state courts. The other justices elect the Chief Justice.

Browse Opinions From the Colorado Supreme Court

Recent Decisions From the Colorado Supreme Court
Butler v. Colorado  
Date: October 15, 2019
Citation: 2019 CO 87
Docket Number: 17SC692

Justia Opinion Summary: In early 2013, an undercover officer sold Clayton Schaner a series of ostensibly stolen goods as part of an investigation into whether Schaner was using his computer repair store as a front to buy and resell stolen items...

Colorado v. Rojas  
Date: October 15, 2019
Citation: 2019 CO 86
Docket Number: 18SC225

Justia Opinion Summary: Brooke Rojas received food stamp benefits to which she was not legally entitled. The prosecution charged her with two counts of theft under the general theft statute, section 18-4-401(1)(a), C.R.S. (2019). Rojas moved to...

Colorado v. Davis  
Date: October 7, 2019
Citation: 2019 CO 84
Docket Number: 18SA271

Justia Opinion Summary: Deputies interrogated Jacob Davis in the basement of his parents’ home about an alleged sexual assault. At that time, Davis made some incriminating statements. He moved to suppress those statements, arguing they were obt...

Deleon v. Colorado  
Date: October 7, 2019
Citation: 2019 CO 85
Docket Number: 18SC45

Justia Opinion Summary: Julian Deleon was charged with two counts of sexual assault on a child. During his trial, Deleon exercised his Fifth Amendment right against self- incrimination and elected not to testify. At the jury instruction confere...

Carrera v. Colorado  
Date: September 30, 2019
Citation: 2019 CO 83
Docket Number: 16SC966

Justia Opinion Summary: Derrick Carrera pled guilty to possession of one gram or less of a schedule I controlled substance, a class 6 felony, in August 2010. Consistent with the parties’ plea agreement, in October 2010, the district court place...

Colorado v. Delgado  
Date: September 30, 2019
Citation: 2019 CO 82
Docket Number: 17SC29

Justia Opinion Summary: R.B. was knocked cold from behind when trying to enter a locked door to a bar. His belongings were taken. Police identified defendant Johnny Delgado as someone fleeing the scene. Police caught Delgado, who was eventually...

Al Turki v. People
Date: September 23, 2019
Citation: 2019 CO 77
Docket Number: 17SC339
Griswold v. Nat'l Fed'n of Indep. Bus.  
Date: September 23, 2019
Citation: 2019 CO 79
Docket Number: 17SC368

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue before the Colorado Supreme Court in this case was how Colorado’s Department of State (“the Department”) charged for some of its services to fund its general operations, which included overseeing elections. It w...

Brooks v. Colorado  
Date: September 23, 2019
Citation: 2019 CO 75M
Docket Number: 17SC614

Justia Opinion Summary: Kyle Brooks was convicted by jury of two class 4 felony counts for victim tampering. The the trial court adjudicated him to be a habitual criminal based on two prior felony convictions, including his guilty plea to theft...

Allman v. Colorado  
Date: September 23, 2019
Citation: 2019 CO 78
Docket Number: 17SC659

Justia Opinion Summary: Frederick Allman was convicted of seven counts of identity theft, two counts of forgery, and one count each of attempted identity theft, aggravated motor vehicle theft, and theft from an at-risk elder. He was sentenced t...

In re Marriage of Boettcher  
Date: September 23, 2019
Citation: 2019 CO 81
Docket Number: 18SC287

Justia Opinion Summary: At the time of the dissolution of their marriage, Ryan Boettcher (“father”) and Christina Boettcher (“mother”) agreed that neither party would pay child support. Several years later, mother, citing a substantial change i...

Colorado v. Iannicelli  
Date: September 23, 2019
Citation: 2019 CO 80
Docket Number: 18SC34

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendants Mark Iannicelli and Eric Brandt stood in the plaza square adjacent to a Denver Colorado courthouse, asking people entering the courthouse whether they were reporting for jury duty. If any of these people answe...

Alliance for a Safe and Independent Woodmen Hills v. Campaign  
Date: September 9, 2019
Citation: 2019 CO 76
Docket Number: 17SC284

Justia Opinion Summary: In May 2014, Woodmen Hills Metropolitan District (“Woodmen Hills”) held an election to fill vacant positions on its board of directors, and Ron Pace was one of the candidates. Several months before the election, a group...

Brooks v. Colorado  
Date: September 9, 2019
Citation: 2019 CO 75
Docket Number: 17SC614

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury found Kyle Brooks guilty of two class 4 felonies for victim tampering, the trial court adjudicated him to be a habitual criminal based on his prior felony convictions, including his guilty plea to theft from...

The Luskin Daughters 1996 Trust v. Young  
Date: September 9, 2019
Citation: 2019 CO 74
Docket Number: 18SA215

Justia Opinion Summary: The Luskin Daughters 1996 Trust for the benefit of Lyndell Joy Luskin Ackerman, appealed a water court order dismissing its complaint for declaratory and injunctive relief, as well as for damages. The complaint alleged t...

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