Colorado Court Records

Why Colorado Court Records are Available to the Public?

In late 1969, the Colorado State Legislature passed a law named the Colorado Public Records Act. This law is for the last changes in 1977 offer criminal justice agencies a bit of latitude in determining which records are subject to disclosure, though records of official action stay open to the public.

What Court Records Access Means To You?

The law is similar to the Colorado Sunshine Law legislates the methods by which public meetings conducted at the Colorado Public Records Act guarantees open access to all records, public events, government bodies activities, and access public resources at all state levels in the state of Colorado.

Accountability to the Public

When the legislature enacted Colorado Public Records Act, it expressively declared that access to information about the conduct of the people’s business is a fundamental and necessary right of every person in this state, Colorado FOIA Laws. Indeed, in Colorado, access to the government and court records, in particular, is a fundamental interest in citizenship and has emphasized that maxim disclosure of the conduct of governmental operations [is] promoted by the act. By promoting prompt public access to government records, the Colorado Public Records Act is to safeguard the government's accountability to the public.

How the Colorado Court Process Functions?

Most cases in Colorado courts begin in one of the 64 superior or trial courts in the state’s 64 counties.

The next level of judicial authority resides with the Court of Appeals. Most cases before the Court of Appeals involves the review of a superior court decision being contested by a party involved in the case.

The Supreme Court serves as the highest court in the state and authority to check decisions of the Court of Appeals to settle important questions of law and to resolve conflicts among the Court of Appeals. 

Some differences between Civil Court and Small Claims Court below

 Court

Small Claim

Civil

Appeal

Only the party who was sued can file an appeal. The person who filed the claim cannot appeal.

Either party can appeal.

Attorney Representation

You cannot have a lawyer file your papers or go to court with you – except for an appeal.

You can have a lawyer file your papers and go to court for you.

Filling fee for either the defendant or the plaintiff’s claim

$30 -$100 per claim

$180 - $320 per claim

Pretrial Discovery allowed

No

Yes

How long to complete your case

30-70 days after the complaint

120 days after you file the complaint

 

You do not have to be a U.S. citizen to file or defend a case in Small Claims Court. If you do not speak English well, bring someone who speaks English and asks the judge if that person can serve as your interpreter. The court cannot provide you an interpreter.

You can find an interpreter by using the Colorado Courts Interpreter Search page. Also, see the webpage with interpreter information on this website Interpreter Directories.

How Colorado Court Records Are Structured?

The court records group is for civil and small claims matters.

Civil unlimited cases are matters where the petitioner is seeking more than $200,000. Close to 150,000 civil court records filed with the courts annually. Civil cases also include other types of disputes that do not involve money, like cases to resolve (or “quiet”) title to real property, cases asking for civil restraining orders and requests to change your name or your child’s name.

  • Auto Torts
  • Other Personal Injury / Property
    Damage / Wrongful Death
  • Other Tort
  • Other Civil
  • Contracts
  • Real Property
  • Employment
  • Enforcement of Judgment
  • Unlawful Detainers
  • Judicial Review
  • Complex Litigation
  • Small Claims Appeals

Small Claims Court filings are cases where the petitioner is seeking $7,500 or less and is not represented by counsel. Close to 100,000 of small claims cases filed statewide every year.

Here are some examples of common Small Claims Court cases: 

  • Your former landlord refuses to return the security deposit you paid.
  • Someone dents your fender and refuses to pay for the repairs.
  • Your new TV does not work, and the store will not fix it.
  • Your tenant caused damage to the apartment, and the repairs cost more than their security deposit (Note: You cannot use small claims court to evict someone.).
  • You lent money to a friend, and he/she refuses to pay you back.
  • Small Claims Court can also order a defendant to do something, as long as the claim is also asking for money. For example, the court can cancel a contract or the court can order your neighbor to pay you for your lawn mower or order them to return it to you right away.

 

 

Colorado State Archives

State Archives

Results Include

Full State Record Report:

  • Name
  • Location
  • Case Number
  • Case Summary
  • Docket
  • Police Report
  • Court Documents
  • Legal Records
  • Case File
  • Statements
  • Transcripts
  • Legal Forms
  • Case Notes
  • Disposition
  • Trial Records
  • Arbitration
  • Case Evidence
  • Witnesses
  • Interviews
  • Descriptions
  • Mugshots
  • Charges
  • Legal Motions
  • Attorney Records
  • Prosecution Records
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  • State Archives holds over 100,000 cubic feet of records.
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