Two Colorado Federal Judges Start Providing Summaries of Opinions for Pro Se Litigants
Colorado Politics (Michael Karlik) reports:
A second federal judge in Colorado appears to have adopted the practice of summarizing her decisions in plain English for people who represent themselves before the court.
U.S. District Court Judge Charlotte N. Sweeney, a 2022 appointee of President Joe Biden, recently issued multiple written orders in cases where the plaintiffs are “pro se,” meaning without an attorney.
In a departure from usual protocols, Sweeney added a separate section explaining what she was doing using non-legal language….
Colorado Politics previously reported on the adoption of pro se summaries by another member of the federal bench, U.S. Magistrate Judge Maritza Dominguez Braswell….
A sample, from Washington v. Bennion:
You started this lawsuit in December 2021. By April 2022, you had filed your third amended complaint. Three Defendants who you named in this lawsuit—Nathan Bennion, Ashley Albury, and
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