Legal Lasso: Colorado Updates Judicial Orders

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Supreme Court Rounds Up Prior Orders
The Colorado Supreme Court announced yesterday that it will allow limited practice for law grads if the July bar exam is canceled.

Jury Trials Suspended Throughout Colorado
And the court earlier in the month also expanded its order to suspend jury trials and eliminate exceptions for speedy trial deadlines.

Supreme Court Will Hear Senate Primary Case
The Colorado Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeal by Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold challenging a lower court ruling that advanced a Senate candidate to the Democratic primary despite missing the signature requirement to petition onto the ballot.

Supreme Court Issues Insurance Opinion
An opinion from the Supreme Court clarified whether Colorado law or an interstate compact should govern life insurance exclusions for suicide. In the case in question, a beneficiary was denied a life insurance payout because the policy holder committed suicide within two years of taking out the policy — within the state’s allowed time frame but outside an interstate commission’s time frame.

Back in Business
Businesses in other parts of Colorado returned to work after Gov. Jared Polis’ “stay-at-home” order lifted. But with curbside pickup and tight restrictions on the number of customers allowed in to many shops, it’s far from a return to normal. (Denver Post)



Massachusetts Goes its Own Way on Bar Exam
Rather than opting for limited practice, Massachusetts is considering writing its own online bar exam for recent graduates.

Nursing Homes Ask for Immunity
Nursing homes are seeking immunity from lawsuits blaming them for coronavirus deaths. Many states have provisions to automatically provide “civil liability immunity” for health care workers during emergencies.

Child Sex Abuse Claims Spike in Lockdown
According to a national hotline, reports of child sex abuse have been on the rise during stay-at-home orders.

Chamber Opposes Business Regulations in Reopening
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce said it’s not in favor of a regulatory approach for dictating how businesses reopen from coronavirus lockdowns.

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