The Colorado Supreme Court has adopted a new way to refer to various sections of published court opinions. When drafting legal briefs and other documents, legal arguments can be cited directly to opinions of the courts from the moment they’re announced. Chief Justice Michael Bender said the public domain citation format will make it easier for practitioners and people who represent themselves in court but can’t afford access to an electronic research database to locate Colorado case law and cite to that case law in their documents.
The courts already provide online access to published opinions free of charge on the judicial branch web site, but they haven’t had citations. Chief Justice Bender says this new public domain citation format will expand open access to Colorado case law. It’s part of a bigger effort by the Colorado Supreme Court to improve access to justice and eliminate barriers that keep people from coming to court to exercise their rights.
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