Colorado Supreme Court
Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel
Promoting Professionalism. Protecting the Public.
Licensed Legal Paraprofessionals:
Program Plans and Updates
Licensed Legal Paraprofessionals
Colorado currently does not license paralegals or other legal paraprofessionals, but that could change in the near future. After approving a preliminary report recommending that Licensed Legal Paraprofessionals (LLPs) be allowed to provide limited legal services in certain types of domestic relations cases, the Colorado Supreme Court requested that its Advisory Committee develop an implementation plan. Given that some 75% of litigants in domestic relations cases have no legal representation (“pro se”), LLPs could help fill the gap in representation, and would be allowed to assist clients directly in lower-asset marital dissolution, parentage, and allocation of parental responsibility (APR) cases. Other jurisdictions, including Utah, Arizona and Washington, already have similar programs to license paralegals or legal paraprofessionals with enhanced skills in limited legal practice areas.
The Advisory Committee formed working groups that included family law lawyers, ethics lawyers, judges, family court facilitators and other court personnel, paralegals, community college and law school representatives. The working groups developed an implementation plan that is now out for public comment, with comments due September 14. The process for commenting is described under the Court's Proposed Rule listing, which can be found here. The implementation plan and its attachments detail:
The initial report of the Paraprofessionals and Legal Services (“PALS”) Subcommittee of the Advisory Committee, which contains recommendations about Licensed Legal Paraprofessionals’ qualifications and scopes of practice, can be viewed here.
The Colorado Supreme Court’s February 2020 order requesting creation of the PALS Subcommittee can be viewed here. The Court’s June 2021 order requesting development of an implementation plan can be viewed here.
Questions about the LLP initiative? While the final decisions around licensing paraprofessionals have not been made, please review the Executive Summary of the Implementation Plan, the initial PALS report and Frequently Asked Questions. Please email with any additional questions. Updated information will be posted on this website when it becomes available.
Individual Working Group Rosters as of October 26, 2021
Licensure and Qualifications
Outreach and Communications
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