Colo. R. Civ. P. 239

As amended through Rule Change 2021(22), effective October 14, 2021
Rule 239 - Contempt Determination by Court Proceedings; Report of Hearing Master; Objections
(a) After the conclusion of the hearing, the hearing master shall report in writing to the Supreme Court, setting forth the hearing master's findings of fact, conclusions of law, and, upon a finding of contempt, recommendations for punishment. If the matter proceeds to trial and the hearing master makes a finding of contempt but does not recommend imprisonment, then the hearing master shall recommend that a fine be imposed for each incident of contempt; the minimum fine for each incident shall be not less than $2000 and not more than $5000. Promptly after the report is filed with the Supreme Court, the Clerk of the Supreme Court shall mail copies thereof to the parties.
(b) Objections to the report of the hearing master may be filed with the Supreme Court by either party within 28 days after the filing of the report.
(c) If no objections are filed, the case shall stand submitted upon the hearing master's report.
(d) If objections are filed, the objecting party shall within 14 days thereafter request the reporter to prepare a transcript of the proceedings before the hearing master, or any portion of such transcript thereof as is deemed necessary for the consideration of the case. The objecting party shall file with the Supreme Court and serve on the opposing party a designation of those portions of the transcript and of the record before the hearing master which the party wishes added to the record before the Supreme Court.

The opposing party may within 14 days after service of the designation file and serve a cross-designation of any additional portions of the transcript and additional parts of the record before the hearing master as is deemed necessary for a proper consideration of the case. The objecting party is responsible for the expense of preparing the record, including the transcript or portions thereof.

The reporter shall prepare the transcript and file it, properly certified, with the Supreme Court within 63 days (9 weeks) after the filing of the objections.

(e) An objecting party shall have 28 days after the filing with the Supreme Court of the transcript and other additions to the record within which to file an opening brief. The opposing party shall have 28 days after the filing of the objecting party's opening brief within which to file an answer brief. The objecting party shall have 14 days after the filing of the answer brief within which to file a reply brief.
(f) A brief of an amicus curiae may be filed only by leave of the Supreme Court granted on motion or by the request of the Court. The brief may be conditionally filed with the motion for leave. A motion for leave shall identify the interest of the applicant and shall state the reasons why a brief of an amicus curiae is desirable. Any amicus curiae shall file its brief within the time allowed the party whose position the amicus brief will support unless the Court for cause shown shall grant leave for later filing, in which event it shall specify within what period an opposing party may answer.
(g) After review of the report of the hearing master any objections thereto and briefs, the Supreme Court may adopt the report or modify or reject it in whole or in part and shall determine whether the respondent is guilty of contempt of the Supreme Court and shall, by order, prescribe the punishment therefor, including the assessment of costs, expenses and reasonable attorney's fees.
(h) Nothing in this rule shall be construed to limit the power of the Supreme Court, upon proper application, to issue an injunction at any stage of contempt proceedings in order to prevent public harm, or to limit the power of the Supreme Court to issue an injunction in lieu of or in addition to the imposition of a fine or any other remedy under these rules.

C.R.C.P. 239

Source: Entire rule amended and adopted December 14, 1995, effective January 1, 1996; a amended and adopted December 14, 2006, effective January 1, 2007; b, d, and e amended and adopted December 14, 2011, effective January 1, 2012, for all cases pending on or filed on or after January 1, 2012, pursuant to C.R.C.P. 1 b.