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SB 20-83 - Prohibits Civil Arrests on Courthouse Grounds - Colorado Key Vote

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Title: Prohibits Civil Arrests on Courthouse Grounds

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Title: Prohibits Civil Arrests on Courthouse Grounds

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that prohibits civil arrests on courthouse grounds, or while going to, attending, or coming from a court proceeding.

Highlights:

 

  • Prohibits the civil arrest of individuals present at a courthouse or on its environs, or while going to, attending, or coming from a courthouse proceeding (Sec. 1).

  • Defines “court proceeding” as a proceeding conducted by a court or under the authority of a court including but not limited to (Sec. 1):

    • Accessing a service or conducting business with a court;

    • A criminal proceeding;

    • A civil proceeding;

    • An arbitration;

    • A deposition; or 

    • A probation services appointment.

  • Defines “environs” as the vicinity surrounding a courthouse, including but not limited to (Sec. 1):

    • Sidewalks

    • Driveways

    • Entryways

    • Green spaces; or

    • Parking areas serving the courthouse.

  • Requires non-duty law enforcement officers who are not employed by courthouse security or participating in a court proceeding to present credentials and state the purpose of the officer’s presence to courthouse security, who shall maintain a record of the information (Sec.1).

  • Specifies that individuals who knowingly violate the provisions of this bill are liable for damages in a civil action for false imprisonment and are subject to contempt of court (Sec. 1). 

  • Authorizes the attorney general to bring a civil action on behalf of the people of the state for violations to obtain appropriate equitable or declaratory relief (Sec. 1).

  • Authorizes individuals arrested or detained in violation of this bill to seek a writ of habeas corpus (Sec. 1).

  • Requires courts to enforce protection from civil arrest at a courthouse or on its environs (Sec. 2).

See How Your Politicians Voted

Title: Prohibits Civil Arrests on Courthouse Grounds

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that prohibits civil arrests on courthouse grounds, or while going to, attending, or coming from a court proceeding.

Highlights:

 

  • Prohibits the civil arrest of individuals present at a courthouse or on its environs, or while going to, attending, or coming from a courthouse proceeding (Sec. 1).

  • Defines “court proceeding” as a proceeding conducted by a court or under the authority of a court including but not limited to (Sec. 1):

    • Accessing a service or conducting business with a court;

    • A criminal proceeding;

    • A civil proceeding;

    • An arbitration;

    • A deposition; or 

    • A probation services appointment.

  • Defines “environs” as the vicinity surrounding a courthouse, including but not limited to (Sec. 1):

    • Sidewalks

    • Driveways

    • Entryways

    • Green spaces; or

    • Parking areas serving the courthouse.

  • Requires non-duty law enforcement officers who are not employed by courthouse security or participating in a court proceeding to present credentials and state the purpose of the officer’s presence to courthouse security, who shall maintain a record of the information (Sec.1).

  • Specifies that individuals who knowingly violate the provisions of this bill are liable for damages in a civil action for false imprisonment and are subject to contempt of court (Sec. 1). 

  • Authorizes the attorney general to bring a civil action on behalf of the people of the state for violations to obtain appropriate equitable or declaratory relief (Sec. 1).

  • Authorizes individuals arrested or detained in violation of this bill to seek a writ of habeas corpus (Sec. 1).

  • Requires courts to enforce protection from civil arrest at a courthouse or on its environs (Sec. 2).

Title: Prohibits Civil Arrests on Courthouse Grounds

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