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Courts in the Community: Colorado Court of Appeals at Conifer High School on May 16

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[Note: This article is an excerpted Colorado Judicial Branch press release. For more information, read the complete press release at]


Colorado Court of Appeals to hear arguments at Conifer High School on May 16


DENVER – A division of the Colorado Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments in two cases at Conifer High School on Tuesday, May 16, before an audience of students. Limited public seating will be available.

The visit is part of the Colorado Judicial Branch’s Courts in the Community, an 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 insight into the Colorado judicial system 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 the cases at Conifer High School are David Furman, Ted C. Tow III, and Sueanna P. Johnson.

The two cases are:

  • 22CA761, Maggie Jansma v. Colorado Department of Revenue, Motor Vehicle Division
  • 21CA1645, The People of the State of Colorado v. Michelle Re Nae Bialas

The proceedings will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 16, in the library at Conifer High School (10441 Highway 73 in Conifer). A question-and-answer session, during which the students may 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. Visitors are required to wear a face covering.

Video recordings of the two arguments will be available online within one to two days of the arguments at