Colorado Supreme Court
Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel
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New Rule: Exemption from CLE requirements changing from age 65 to age 72
The Colorado Supreme Court adopted a new Rule Change on March 15, 2018 that affects Mandatory Continuing Legal and Judicial Education. Effective July 1, 2018, the rule on mandatory continuing legal education requirements under C.R.C.P. 260 will be replaced by the new C.R.C.P. 250.
The most notable change is that the age exemption from CLE requirements will change from 65 to 72 for actively licensed lawyers and judges. Please note, this does not affect lawyers who are authorized to practice under the Pro Bono Counsel Certification rule, C.R.C.P. 204.6, who are exempt from mandatory CLE.
How will this work?
If you are currently exempt from mandatory CLE based on your age and are not yet 72 years old, you will again become subject to the requirements and your compliance period begins this year and ends December 31, 2021. For those of you who will be turning 65 this year or in 2019 and have not yet become exempt, your compliance period will automatically be extended to December 31, 2021. Once you turn age 72, you will again become exempt from the CLE requirements.
What happens if you turn age 72 before December 31, 2021?
You will become exempt during your first re-entry compliance period, and therefore it is up to you to what extent you wish to enter your CLE activities on your official transcript. Additionally, pursuant to the new rule, even once you become exempt, you will continue to be able to enter your CLE activities on your official transcript. This will allow you to continue to track your CLE, even though not required, for your own use. The Office of Continuing Legal and Judicial Education will be making changes to your CLE record over the next few months and will be ready for the July 1, 2018 effective date, so that you may begin entering your CLE credits online at that time.
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