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General Information About Colorado Court Records and Laws
 In this day and age, information is everything. For this reason, it is crucial that you know how to obtain information, such as Colorado court records.
 Understanding the Colorado Court System
In order to obtain the Colorado court records that you need, you must first have an understanding of the state's court system. The court system in Colorado is made up of trail courts and appellate courts, including district courts, county courts, water courts, the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court.
In the state of Colorado, there are two appellate courts:
·         The Colorado Court of Appeals
Generally, the first court of appeals for decisions made on cases from the district courts, as well as the Denver Juvenile Court and the Denver Probate Court, is the Colorado Court of Appeals. In addition, the Court of Appeals also reviews the decisions made by a number of state administrative agencies as well. The Court of Appeal's ruling on an appeal is final, unless the matter is accepted for review by the Colorado Supreme Court.
·         The Colorado Supreme Court
The court of last resort in the state's system is the Colorado Supreme Court. Usually, cases from the Court of Appeals are heard by the Supreme Court, however, in some instances, an individual may petition the Supreme Court in regards to a decision made by a lower court.
The Colorado court system also consists of three trial courts, including:
·         County Courts
The county courts in the state of Colorado handle civil cases that are less than $15,000, traffic infractions, misdemeanors, felony complaints, small claims and protection orders. Decisions made by the county courts are eligible for appeal to the district courts in the state.
·         District Courts
The district courts in the state of Colorado will hear civil cases of any amount. In addition, district courts also hear cases related to mental health and domestic relations, as well as probate, juvenile and criminal cases. The decisions made by the district courts are eligible for appeal through the Court of Appeals, and in some cases may appeal directly to the Supreme Court.
·         Water Courts
In the state of Colorado, all cases related to administration and use of water, determination of water rights and all other water related matters are heard exclusively by the water courts. In all, there are seven water courts in Colorado, one for each major river basin.
 Obtaining Colorado Court Records
All requests for authentications, certifications, copies and exemplifications of Colorado court records must be made in person or by mail. In addition, all fees must be paid in advance.
The law regarding Colorado court records states, "The court system's public records are open for inspection by any person at reasonable times except as provided by the Colorado Open Records Act or otherwise provided by federal or state law, Colorado Supreme Court Rule, court order or local policy. The official custodian of any public records may make local policies regarding the inspection of records that are reasonably necessary for the protection of records and prevention of unnecessary interference with the regular discharge of the duties of the custodian or the custodian’s office."
Please note that employees of the court are not authorized to provide any legal advice, nor may they offer any assistance with the completion of legal forms.
Colorado Court Records
  • Legislation Records

    State Capitol
    200 E Colfax Ave, Rm 029
    Denver, CO 80203
    p (303) 866-3521
    f (303) 866-2218
  • Statewide Court Records

    1301 Pennsylvania St, Suite 300
    Denver, CO 80203-2416
    p (303) 861-1111
    f (303) 837-2340

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