First, I'd like to thank Christine for this wonderful guide to court watching.Next, I would like to share this with some people I believe may find it interesting and helpful...Please use it!!!! -Respectfully, __________________________________________COFRAI COURT WATCHERSWelcome! We hope to encourage support between the members of the various factions of this battle for more justice in the courts, and particularly more justice in the FAMILY Courts. Experience has shown us that court watchers have a strong impact on cases especially in family courts. This group is intended for Colorado people who are willing to invest some time in just attending hearings and showing concern and interest in the proceedings. It is NOT intended to influence or coerce or rally. Court Watchers have a serious obligation to the goals of the various groups, as well as to the person they wish to help, not to make spectacles of themselves or make statements that would harm our ability to continue to scrutinize judicial activity. If you cause a big scene, or aren’t respectful of the courts, etc, they may well create rules to shut us out of hearings. Let’s not give them any reason to object to our attending and observing. The point is to let the judges and other officials know that they ARE being watched, that there are a lot of people who are aware of them, and watching to see how they respond and function. We can NOT fight the issues of a case. What we CAN do is observe and witness “justice” in action. If you have a hearing or trial coming up and would like to have some people attend and just BE there, take notes, watch quietly, and witness the proceedings, you are welcome to post a SHORT explanation of what your case is about, and the times and locations of your hearings or trial. IF you want to tell your whole story, please post it in the FILES section to the left in the STORIES folder. We can’t promise that someone will attend, this is totally voluntary, but we can encourage the growth of this group to the point that there are people available nearly everywhere in Colorado. We can also more effectively cover the requests for attendees if YOU attend OTHER people’s hearings. You can help us to build the membership by telling everyone about it and asking them to join us. Court watching is very educational, especially for the naïve who have not been faced with a court battle and still believe that some justice and rules are observed. IF your friends just can’t believe that the old faith in the courts is misplaced, challenge them to attend and observe for themselves. Tell them about this group and encourage them to attend a few hearings. If you are involved in your own case, you will be amazed at the amount of understanding of the mentality of the system you will gain by observing other cases. If you might be handling your own case, pro se, (without an attorney) it is VITAL that you attend a few hearings and just watch! I HIGHLY recommend going to your own local courts and just watching whenever you can. Just pick a court and sit in the back. NOTE…. If you are in a public hearing.. meaning that the type of case is open to the public, not closed by judicial order, you have no obligation to identify yourself. This does NOT mean that you won’t be ASKED who you are and why you are there. The right answer is, “I am just Joe (Jane) Q. Public, here to observe.” VERY often the clerks or the attorneys will want to know who you are, why you’re there, who you are there FOR, yada yada. NEVER say, “I am just here to support Ms. So and So.” JUST say you are a member of the general public and want to watch. You have no obligation to provide them your NAME or tell them anything at all. Don’t be rude, smile and be cordial. But don’t tell them a damned thing. They have no right to ASK! DO NOT wear name tags or organization tags on your clothing. That they do NOT know for sure who we are and why we are there is the POINT. Our presence makes them nervous. MAYBE it might make the a little careful. Let them wonder … could this be a reporter? Grin.. let em worry! DO:Wear conservative and fairly “dress’ clothing. Don’t go to court in T shirts and tennies. Dress like a lawyer. (most of them have decent taste, not all of them!) Take lots of notes. Be on time, maybe just a tad early.Keep a blank expression on your face. Try to get the names of all the various people participating in the hearing. Collect all the details of the hearing that you possibly can, as accurately as possible INCLUDING Case citations, statutes they relied on, etc. Try to catch the comments, rulings etc of the judge especially. Pay special attention to how much TIME is allotted for hearings, how long did the actual on the record hearing take? DON’T:Don’t Make faces or otherwise let your opinion of what is being said show. You are a NEUTRAL OBSERVER!!!Don’t Make any sounds. No sighs, eyes rolling, otherwise telegraphing opinions. DO NOT try to carry cameras, recorders etc into a courtroom. Don’t Sit with the family or friends who may be there. Don’t Chat with other observers, even if you attended together. Try to appear independent. Save the chatting for outside the courtroom. Court Watchers can have some very real impact on cases. Our scrutiny might just force a judge, for instance, to truly do the on the record examination of the reasonable efforts claims of a case worker in a D&N case. Your notes could help to form a letter of concern to a court administrator or judicial review board about the MISSING protections for the client if the judge fails to do the proper advisements, examination of facts, etc. Keep accurate and detailed notes, and keep a low profile. DO THIS A LOT. The more court hearings you observe, the more you will understand what is going on and how they are failing the public. Post your thoughts here, on this group, but do NOT post specifics of a case that you learned in court. Keep names out of it online. If you have a case you would like court watchers to attend, post the hearing time place and date information on this group along with a short explanation of what the purpose of the hearing will be. I am setting this group up so that everyone can add dates and information to the calendar and can add their case history or story to the FILES section in the STORIES folder. Thanks for joining us.. please recruit for us? This court watcher activity is most effective when there are tons of people available to take up a case on a moment’s notice and attend the hearings. Your efforts will be part of a larger effort to return justice to our courts, and to eliminate activist judges from retention lists. Here’s wishing you FREEDOM!Christine.
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