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Colorado Court Decisions

A diagram of the state court system (called a “Court Structure Chart” and including a summary of each court’s jurisdiction) is available on the web site of the National Center for State Courts.


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Colorado Constitution and Legislation

See also a database of statewide ballot measures maintained by the National Conference of State Legislatures.
  1. Constitution (Colo. Const.)
    Note—The constitution is not available at any official web site, but a version provided by LexisNexis is available.

  2. Bills:
    Click the button to browse house bills (H.B.) or senate bills (S.B.) for a selected legislative session. See also the Colorado Legislature web site.
  3. Ballot Proposals — Initiatives and Referenda

  4. Session Laws of Colorado (Colo. Sess. Laws)

  5. Colorado Revised Statutes (Colo. Rev. Stat.)
    Note—The revised statutes are not available at any official web site, but a version provided by LexisNexis is available. See also uniform laws.

    Additional Resources
    Beer Code, Colo. Rev. Stat. 12-46-101 et seq.
    Liquor Code, Colo. Rev. Stat. 12-47-101 et seq.
    Special Event Permits, Colo. Rev. Stat. 12-48-101 et seq.
    Tobacco Statutes, Colo. Rev. Stat. 18-13-121, 24-35-501 et seq.


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Colorado Rules of Procedure and Practice

  1. Court Rules ♦ Rules of Procedure
  2. Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct … [Colorado Bar Assocation]

    Additional Resources
    Changes in Court Rules … Documents showing rules changes promulgated from 1997 to present.


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Colorado Administrative Law Sources

See also a page of links to sources of rules, maintained by the Administrative Codes and Registers Section of the National Association of Secretaries of State.

  1. Regulations
  2. Code of Colorado Regulations (Colo. Code Regs.)
  3. Colorado Register (Colo. Reg.)
  4. Opinions ♦ Decisions ♦ Orders ♦ Rulings
  5. Attorney General Opinions (Ops. Colo. Att’y Gen.)


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Colorado Ordinances and Home-Rule Charters

Ordinances are local laws, commonly organized into codes, that have been enacted by municipalities — cities, towns, etc. — and counties. Charters are organic laws (similar in function to a constitution) of those local government entities for which “home rule” is authorized by state law. For local laws not found through the links given here, try the county web sites and municipality web sites at “State and Local Government on the Net” by Piper Resources, or a publisher’s web site:
  • Code Publishing Co.
  • Colorado Code Publishing Co.
  • Municipal Code Corp.
  • Quality Code Publishing
  • Sterling Codifiers
    1. Charters
       
      Note that a charter could be included in a collection of ordinances (see below) instead of being separately accessible.
    2. County Ordinances
        
      Click on the button keyed to the name of the county. NOTE: On some web sites, selecting the state is necessary for access to the ordinances link.
    3. Municipal Ordinances
            
      Click on the button keyed to the name of the municipality. NOTE: On some web sites, selecting the state is necessary for access to the ordinances link.


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    Colorado Law-Related Periodicals

    Periodicals providing on-line articles are linked here. See also links to all Colorado law-review web sites as well as links to web sites of all U.S.-published law reviews and periodicals.

    1. University of Colorado Law Review (U. Colo. L. Rev.) … Formerly titled Rocky Mountain Law Review (until 1962).
    2. Colorado Natural Resources, Energy, and Environmental Law Review (Colo. Nat. Resources, Energy, & Envtl. L. Rev.) … Formerly titled Colorado Journal of International Environmental Law and Policy (until 2013).
    3. Denver Journal of International Law and Policy (Denv. J. Int'l L. & Pol'y)
    4. Journal on Telecommunications and High Technology Law (J. Telecomm. & High Tech. L.) … [Univ. of Colorado Law Sch.]


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    Other Colorado Commentary



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    Colorado Law-Related Topical Web Sites



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    Colorado Court Information

    See also links to state court web sites, maintained by the National Center for State Courts. Additionally, see Judgepedia, a Wikipedia-style web site, self-described as “an encyclopedia about judges and courts,” which is maintained by the Sam Adams Alliance (Illinois).
    1. Web Sites—State Courts

      See also the web site for the Southwest Intertribal Court of Appeals (SWITCA), a voluntary court of appeals available to tribes in Colorado.
    2. Web Sites—U.S. Courts
    3. U.S. District Court
    4. U.S. Bankruptcy Court
    5. Addresses ♦ Names ♦ Numbers
      See also court web sites, above.
    6. Additional Resources
      Map of state judicial districts … Shows counties and cities in all 22 judicial districts, with links to district Court home pages.


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    Colorado Forms

    1. Revenue Department Forms

      See also the department’s explanations of various Colorado tax laws, rules, and procedures (known as the “FYI Program”).
    2. Business Entity Forms …[Paracorp, Inc. (Cal.)] — Convenient interface to view and print in-blank official state forms (in PDF files) for filing by business entities. A JavaScript-enabled browser is required.


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    Other Colorado Resources

    1. Government-Related Web Sites

      See also the Piper Resources list of sites.
    2. Additional Resources
      Vital Records — Contact Information … [Elizabeth Orsay (Ind.)]
      Workers’ Compensation — Agency Contact and Staff Contact Information … [Robert W. McDowell / North Carolina Industrial Commission]

    3. Bar Associations ♦ Law-Related Organizations
    4. Local Bar Associations

      See the National Federation of Paralegal Associations for links to websites of member organizations.
    5. Law Schools ♦ Admission to Practice ♦ Continuing Legal Education
    6. Family Violence Program … [Colorado Bar Ass’n] — This program is intended to educate attorneys, assist lawyers who are victims and perpetrators, increase access to the legal system for victims of family violence, monitor legislation, work to improve how cases involving family violence are handled by the system, and implement pilot studies in the area of law and family violence. This site provides discussion, links to resources at other sites, and reading lists.

    7. Consulate General of Mexico in Denver • Consulado General de México en Denver


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    Legal Research and Assistance

    1. Law Libraries

      See also links to web sites of public law libraries and catalogs of academic law libraries, maintained by the library at Washburn University School of Law; and the LibrarySites.Info database of library web sites (“Libcat”).
    2. Colorado Brochures On-line … These brochures (all in PDF files) provide information on legal matters of interest to individuals.

    3. Colorado Self-Help Center and Legal Forms … The legal forms, in both English and Spanish, provided on this site have been produced by various committees of the Colorado Supreme Court or internally by the State Court Administrator’s Office. (See also links to information brochures above.) Forms are provided in both PDF files (the forms can be completed on-line and printed) and MS Word format. See also a brochure, “What You Need to Know About Representing Yourself in Court” (also available in Spanish).

    4. You Can Collect Child Support… [Denver Bar Ass’n] — “This handbook attempts to provide comprehensive information regarding child support enforcement and reflects the wisdom and advice of several experienced attorneys. This book does not replace the need for an attorney, but acknowledges that, despite your best efforts, an attorney may not be available to you. [] Every case is different. An instructional manual of this sort cannot begin to cover all of the circumstances which may arise. Your case may be too complex to do on your own, and we strongly recommend that you make all efforts to obtain legal representation or seek assistance from your local Child Support Enforcement agency, and other legal resources. However, if these resources are not available to you, our hope is that this handbook will be a useful tool to help guide you in the right direction and de-mystify the court process.”

    5. Colorado Divorce & Family Law Guide … [Carl O. Graham, Esq. (Colo.)] — This web site maintained by a Colorado Springs attorney presents information on Colorado law (and some applicable federal law) pertaining to divorce, paternity, child custody, support, marital property, restraining orders, and modification of orders and decrees. A divorce guide especially for persons in military service is included.

    6. Bankruptcy Law and Procedures for Colorado Residents … [Calicchia & Kinast LLP (Ohio)] — This web site, presented by a Cleveland bankruptcy law firm, covers basic information about the bankruptcy process, describes debt consolidation and credit counseling as alternatives to bankruptcy, lists the property that an individual is allowed to keep (with citations to governing provisions of Colorado law), and gives information about the bankruptcy courts and how to contact bankruptcy attorneys in Colorado.

    7. Low-Cost Legal Aid … See also the web site for LawHelp.org and the web site for SelfHelpSupport.org.
      1. ColoradoLegalServices.org … [Pro Bono Net (N.Y.)] — This is “a guide to free civil legal services for low-income persons and seniors in Colorado. Here you can locate information on all of the free legal aid programs in Colorado, including basic eligibility and contact information. We also have links to related sites on the web and legal education documents that give you basic information on a number of legal problems. [] If you have a criminal problem, go to the Public Defender’s website.”
      2. Colorado Legal Help for the Poor … [Am. Bar Ass’n] — Contact information for statewide and local legal-aid programs, from the ABA’s Directory of Pro Bono Programs. The ABA also provides a page of links to pro bono programs’ web sites.
      3. WomensLaw.org — Sources of Legal Help … [WomensLaw.org (N.Y.)] — Sources of legal help (not limited to legal help for women) include statewide domestic-violence resources, local domestic-violence resources listed by city or town, free or low-cost legal services, and lawyer referral services.

     

     


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