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Discovery Unit

District Attorney's Office - Discovery and Records Requests

In criminal proceedings, defendants have the right to obtain “Discovery”. With the Discovery information, the defendant can test the prosecution’s evidence and prepare their defense. In Colorado criminal cases, the right to Discovery is governed by Rule 16 of the Colorado Rules of Criminal Procedure.

By law, the only persons authorized to order and pick up discovery in a criminal case are:

  1. An attorney of record, who has filed an entry of appearance on behalf of the defendant in the case for which the request is being made;
  2. An employee of the attorney of record, or professional courier authorized by the attorney of record to receive discovery, or
  3. A defendant who is not represented by an attorney (pro se).

E-DISCOVERY is available for Attorneys. Click here for more information.

Any other requests for discovery or information contained in a criminal case MUST be submitted with this form to DAopenrecords@bouldercounty.org

or by mailing a copy to:

Custodian of Records, District Attorney, 20th Judicial District
P.O. Box 471
Boulder CO 80306

Such requests are pursuant to the Colorado Criminal Justice Records Act. Please be advised that information regarding the disposition of a criminal case must be obtained from the Clerk of the Court. This office does not provide copies of court records.

Discovery:

  • Refers to the right of the accused person, or “defendant”, to obtain access to the information the District Attorney’s Office will rely upon to prosecute a case.
  • Entitles a defendant to obtain copies of all the police reports pertaining to the case, as well as any witness statements, reports of experts, photographs, and any audio or visual recordings that will be used to prove the case against a defendant.
  • After a case has been referred to our office by a law enforcement agency and charges have been filed, the District Attorney’s Office will open a case on the defendant. All police reports and other evidence in the case are then requested and processed for discovery when they are received. PLEASE BE AWARE THAT UNTIL A SUMMONS ISSUED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT IS FILED WITH THE COURT, THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE WILL NOT HAVE DISCOVERY AVAILABLE FOR THE DEFENSE.

If you are pro se (not represented by an attorney because you wish to represent yourself), click here for more information.

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Boulder District Attorney
P.O. Box 471
Boulder, CO 80306

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