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About the Discovery Process

Discovery is the general process of a defendant obtaining information possessed by a prosecutor regarding the defendant’s case. This information includes documents, video, audio, reports, and other materials that the District Attorney’s Office will rely upon to prosecute a case. The accused person or defendant in a case has the right to obtain access to this information to prepare their defense and it is provided at no cost.

Requesting Records on Cases

If you are not the defendant or attorney, please fill out our Discovery Request Form if you are looking to get copies on documents, video, audio, reports, and other materials. These requests are subject to Criminal Justice Records Act, C.R.S. 24-72-301 et. seq. As a general rule, access to criminal justice records is prohibited during the pendency of the case. Once the case has been resolved in the courts, our office may be able to provide certain records upon request. Once reviewed, the DA Office will notify requesting party of decision and could be subject to fee, if redaction is needed. Cost is $18.00 for misdemeanor and traffic cases and $36.00 for felony cases  plus 0.30 per page processing fee. The redaction fee doesn’t guarantee that you will receive the complete discovery and it remains the prosecutor's discretion to remove anything they determine shouldn’t be released.

Discovery Process for Defense Attorneys

The Larimer County District Attorney’s Office has begin using the Statewide eDiscovery Website for delivery of discovery

Access Statewide Colorado Criminal eDiscovery to download discovery

Discovery Process for Defendants Representing Themselves (Pro Se)

If you are representing yourself, please fill out the Discovery Request Form. Once approved you will receive an email with link to download securely. If the defendant doesn't doesn't have email, they are welcome to request a CD/DVD copy that the Central Services Division will burn and mail to the defendant at no cost. However, if the discovery is too large to be burned onto a DVD, the Central Services Division will notify the defendant who can either purchase a flash drive from the District Attorney's Office or provide the office with a flash drive. Once Discovery is uploaded onto the flash drive, the District Attorney's Office will cover the cost of shipping to mail the drive back to the defendant if they live outside Larimer County.

*It remain the responsibility of the defendant to verify there isn't subsequent discovery on their case. The defendant can either come in or call the District Attorney's Office at 970-498-7200 during business hours and ask if there is anything new on their case. If there is something new, the Central Services Division will upload the new discovery or mail copy to defendant at no cost.

 

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Main: (970) 498-7200
Fax: (970) 498-7250

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