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CLE Noncompliance

If you fail to comply with your CLE requirements, you must follow the instructions below to come back into compliance under the Continuing Legal and Judicial Education (CLJE) Rules and Regulations.

2019: CLE Guidelines and Make-Up Plan for Colorado lawyers and judges who may not have fulfilled CLE requirements for the compliance period ending 12/31/2019

2020: CLE Guidelines for Colorado lawyers and judges who may not have fulfilled CLE requirements for the compliance period ending 12/31/2020

For all CLE activities completed on or before December 31, we must receive your affidavits of completion no later than January 31 or you will incur a late reporting fee. For courses accredited in Colorado, you should enter your courses directly online to your CLE Transcript; you must submit your credits on or by January 31.

For all other CLE activities requiring submission of a CLE activity form, you must submit the form for review to our Office no later than January 31. If after our Office reviews your submission, you fall short of your CLE requirements, you must prepare and complete a CLE Make-up Plan to cure the deficiency. We encourage you to not delay in submitting a request for compliance via comity or any CLE activity forms that require evaluation of an activity by our Office. Forms are located on our website here.

The fee schedule for mailing in late affidavits is as follows:

CLE Late Affidavit Fees:

Reminder – For all CLE activities completed on or before December 31, if received by our Office on or before January 31, there is no late fee.

For all CLE activities completed on or before December 31, and received by our Office on or after February 1, there is a $100.00 late fee.

For all CLE activities completed on or before December 31, and received by our Office on or after March 1, there is a $200.00 late fee.

For all CLE activities completed after December 31, outside of your compliance period, you will need to file a Make-up Plan.

Filing a Make-Up Plan:

If you do not complete your requirement by December 31, you may file a request for an extension of time. Your request should be filed by January 31 on the make-up plan form. An extension of your original compliance period may be granted only if you file an acceptable make-up plan. An acceptable make-up plan consists of the following:

  1. Listing programs or homestudy programs that have already been accredited by our Office which you intend to take to remedy your deficiency; you should confirm that the programs chosen offer enough CLE credits to cure your deficiency. A list of Colorado-accredited programs is located on our website here.

  2. Completion of the programs by no later than May 31.

  3. Sending a check for $100.00 made payable to the Office of Continuing Legal and Judicial Education. (This fee must be paid even if your make-up plan is completed before January 31.) If the make-up plan is filed after January 31, there is an additional $100.00 fee. The total due if filed after January 31 is $200.00.
A make-up plan must be accepted by our Office. If not accepted, our Office will notify you within 28 days after the receipt of the make-up plan. If our Office accepts the make-up plan, an extension until May 31 will be given. Full completion of the make-up plan must be reported by affidavit to our Office no later than June 14. Failure of the registered lawyer or judge to complete the plan by the 31st of May or to file an affidavit demonstrating compliance constitutes grounds for imposing administrative remedies under C.R.C.P 250.7, which may result in the suspension of the lawyer’s license.

Make-up Plan Form and Late-Filing Affidavit

CLE Noncompliance:

Upon receipt of a statement of noncompliance upon which a hearing was not requested or upon receipt of a Hearing Panel’s determination of a registered lawyer’s noncompliance, the Office will promptly forward the statement of noncompliance to the Court, which may enter such order as it deems appropriate, which may include an order of summary suspension from the practice of law in the case of registered lawyers, or referral of the matter to the Colorado Commission on Judicial Discipline or the Denver County Court Judicial Discipline Commission in the case of judges.

Resignation/Withdrawal of License: A lawyer who has been issued a statement of noncompliance, but not yet suspended, can submit a petition for withdrawal of their Colorado licensure if the lawyer can demonstrate CLE compliance showing that any pending CLE deficiency has been cured. The lawyer must file with our Office one copy of a petition for withdrawal addressed to the Colorado Supreme Court. The petition must state with particularity the accredited programs of continuing legal education which the lawyer has already completed, including dates of their completion, by which activity the lawyer earned sufficient units of credit to make-up the deficiency which was the cause of the issuance of the statement of noncompliance. The petition must be accompanied by the appropriate filing fee. Our Office will file a properly completed petition, accompanied by our Office’s recommendation, with the Clerk of the Supreme Court within 14 days after receipt of the lawyer’s petition for withdrawal.

Reinstatement: Any lawyer who has been suspended for CLE noncompliance pursuant to Rule 250.7(10) may be reinstated by order of the Court upon a showing that the lawyer's current continuing legal education deficiency has been cured. The lawyer must file with our Office three copies of a petition seeking reinstatement, addressed to the Colorado Supreme Court. The petition must state with particularity the accredited programs of continuing legal education which the lawyer has already completed, including dates of their completion, by which activity the lawyer earned sufficient units of credit to cure the deficiency which was the cause of the lawyer's suspension. The petition must be accompanied by the appropriate filing fee. Our Office will file a properly completed petition, accompanied by our Office’s recommendation, with the Clerk of the Supreme Court within 14 days after receipt.

CLE Petition for Withdrawal or Reinstatement