Colorado Supreme Court Decisions 2023

Colorado State Board of Education v. Brannberg  
Date: March 6, 2023
Citation: 2023 CO 11
Docket Number: 21SC885

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2019, plaintiff John Dewey Institute, Inc. (“JDI”) submitted a charter school application to the Douglas County Colorado School Board. Section 22-30.5-108 (“section 108”) of the Charter Schools Act created a four-step…

Colorado v. Willougby  
Date: March 6, 2023
Citation: 2023 CO 10
Docket Number: 22SA254

Justia Opinion Summary: Police officers interrogated defendant-appellee Brent Willoughby at his home about domestic violence allegations. After the State charged Willoughby with several offenses, he moved to suppress the statements he made…

People in Int. of L.S.
Date: March 6, 2023
Citation: 2023 CO 3M
Docket Number: 22SA282
Colorado v. Justice  
Date: February 27, 2023
Citation: 2023 CO 9
Docket Numbers: 22SA347, 22SA348

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant James Justice was charged with multiple offenses in four felony cases. The State extended him a global plea bargain offer, but he rejected it. Unhappy that the State would not sweeten the offer, Justice filed a…

Colorado Property Tax Administrator v. CO2 Committee, Inc.  
Date: February 21, 2023
Citation: 2023 CO 8
Docket Number: 21SC393

Justia Opinion Summary: CO2 Committee, Inc. (“CO2”) was a nonprofit corporation whose membership was comprised of nonoperating owners of fractional interests in the McElmo Dome unit, a consolidation of working interests in a large deposit of…

Johnson v. Colorado  
Date: February 6, 2023
Citation: 2023 CO 7
Docket Number: 21SC665

Justia Opinion Summary: Sylvia Johnson was convicted by jury of unlawfully purchasing a firearm “for transfer to” a man she identified as her common law husband, Jaron Trujillo, who was legally prohibited from possessing a firearm. While…

Elliott v. Colorado  
Date: January 30, 2023
Citation: 2023 CO 4
Docket Number: 21SC236

Justia Opinion Summary: The Colorado Supreme Court granted certiorari to consider whether: (1) an objection to an allegedly sleeping juror was preserved when the parties note that the juror was sleeping but requested no action from the court;…

Colorado v. Kembel  
Date: January 30, 2023
Citation: 2023 CO 5
Docket Number: 22SA172

Justia Opinion Summary: The issue presented in these cases was whether a trial court could bifurcate the elements of felony DUI during a jury trial. Specifically, the Court addressed whether a jury trial for felony DUI could be conducted…

Colorado v. Hacke  
Date: January 30, 2023
Citation: 2023 CO 6
Docket Number: 22SA272

Justia Opinion Summary: At the time of his appeal, defendant John Hacke was out of custody. The issue his appeal presented for the Colorado Supreme Court's review was whether Hacke was entitled to a preliminary hearing on the charge of identity…

In Re Colorado in the interest of L.S.  
Date: January 23, 2023
Citation: 2023 CO 3
Docket Number: 22SA282

Justia Opinion Summary: G.L.A. (“Mother”) brought L.S., who was one year old at the time, to the hospital for medical treatment. Hospital staff conducted a skeletal survey, which revealed that L.S. had a broken tibia; two additional fractures…

Nelson v. Encompass PAHS Rehabilitation Hospital  
Date: January 9, 2023
Citation: 2023 CO 1
Docket Number: 22SA195

Justia Opinion Summary: Respondent Floyd Nelson, a resident of Arapahoe County, Colorado alleged that he sustained injuries from a fall at a rehabilitation hospital owned by Encompass PAHS Rehabilitation, LLC d/b/a Encompass Health…

McMichael v. Encompass PAHS Rehabilitation Hospital  
Date: January 9, 2023
Citation: 2023 CO 2
Docket Number: 22SA264

Justia Opinion Summary: Patricia and Lynette McMichael (“the McMichaels”) were the co-personal representatives for the estate of Charles McMichael (“Mr. McMichael”). The McMichaels alleged Mr. McMichael sustained injuries and died after falling…

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