By H. Michael Steinberg Colorado Criminal Defense Lawyer
The question – “why can’t I just talk directly to the Judge,” is often asked of me by my clients in Colorado criminal cases.
The reason is found at the heart of the sanctity of the criminal justice system itself… basic fairness. With very few exceptions, any contact by a “party” to a civil or criminal case requires the other side being present. If the other side is not present, it is called an “ex parte” contact. An ex parte contact violates the very foundation of the justice system because that contact is inherently unfair to the party not present.