Colo. R. Civ. P. 230

As amended through Rule Change 2021(22), effective October 14, 2021
Rule 230 - Committee Jurisdiction
(a) The Committee shall have jurisdiction over and inquire into and consider complaints or reports made by any person, including Regulation Counsel, or other entities alleging the unauthorized practice of law. Moreover, the Committee, on its own motion, may inquire into any matter pertaining to the unauthorized practice of law.
(b) Nothing contained in these rules shall be construed as a limitation upon the authority or jurisdiction of any court or judge thereof to punish for contempt any person or legal entity not having a license from this court who practices law or attempts or purports to practice law in any matter which comes within the jurisdiction of that court nor shall these rules be construed as a limitation upon any civil remedy or criminal proceeding which may otherwise exist with respect to the unauthorized practice of law.

C.R.C.P. 230

Source: a amended and adopted October 29, 1998, effective January 1, 1999.

Annotation Trial court has jurisdiction under subsection (b) of this rule to conduct punitive contempt proceedings in which the sole allegation is that an individual is engaged in the unauthorized practice of law in violation of rules adopted by the Colorado Supreme Court. Watt, Tieder, Killian & Hoffar v. U.S. Fidelity & Guaranty Co., 847 P.2d 170 (Colo. App. 1992). Because a partnership is not a separate legal entity, but is only treated as such under partnership statutes for certain limited purposes, trial court should reconsider its finding of contempt based on theory that a Virginia partnership and individuals representing it in Colorado courts were engaged in the unauthorized practice of law. Watt, Tieder, Killian & Hoffar v. U.S. Fidelity & Guaranty Co., 847 P.2d 170 (Colo. App. 1992).