Colorado in the United States

Colorado Legal Materials

Internet links to government agencies, statutes, regulations, cases, etc. are posted by FindLaw. Supreme and appellate court cases are published in the Pacific Reporter. Primary legal materials are also available from Lexis, Westlaw and LOIS. Google Scholar, Versuslaw and Fastcase have cases back to 1950.

Lexis/Michie provides a free, annotated electronic edition of the Colorado Revised Statutes and Colorado Court Rules.

To check on the status of a pending bill, see the Status Sheets on the Colorado General Assembly web site. For questions, call the Information/Bill Room at 303-866-3055.

To get a copy of an section of the Colorado Code of Regulations from a previous year, contact the Colorado Supreme Court Library (303-837-3720); the Code is a looseleaf, but the Supreme Court Library keeps the old pages., a low-cost public records system created in cooperation with the Colorado Judiciary, provides: trial court docket sheets; corporate filings; UCC liens; and marriage and divorce records.

For a discussion of Colorado law, see West’s publishes the multi-volume Colorado Practice Series. The Colorado Practice Series is available in print and on Westlaw(COPRAC, or search the Series along with other Colorado texts, periodicals and legal forms in CO-TPLF).

For document delivery, document retrieval, public records research, insurance rate research, etc., contact Access Information.

For questions about Colorado legal materials, try calling the University of Denver College of Law Library (303-871-6188) or the Colorado Supreme Court Law Library (303-837-3720). For copies and inter-library loans, call the University of Denver Library’s ILL department (303-871-6191). You could also call the Colorado Supreme Court Library (303-837-3720).

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Topics Covered by the Colorado Legal Encyclopedia

Note: More detailed information about this State is provided in the Colorado jurisdictional legal Encyclopedia, which tie together Colorado statutory and case law.

Topics include:

  • Colorado Codes & Regulations
  • CO Cases & Case Law
  • Colorado Legal Websites
  • CO State Government Info
  • Colorado Counties
  • Colorado Cities
  • Colorado Legislation
  • Colorado Media Sources
  • Colorado Law Enforcement
  • CO Court Reporters/Depositions
  • Colorado Legal Forms
  • Colorado Courts
  • Colorado Local Court Rules
  • CO State Bar/Legal Associations

Finding the law: Colorado in the U.S. Code

A collection of general and permanent laws relating to colorado, passed by the United States Congress, are organized by subject matter arrangements in the United States Code (U.S.C.; this label examines colorado topics), to make them easy to use (usually, organized by legal areas into Titles, Chapters and Sections). The platform provides introductory material to the U.S. Code, and cross references to case law. View the U.S. Code’s table of contents here.


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Colorado: Open and Free Legal Research of US Law

Federal Primary Materials

The U.S. federal government system consists of executive, legislative, and judicial branches, each of which creates information that can be the subject of legal research about Colorado. This part provides references, in relation to Colorado, to the legislative process, the federal judiciary, and the primary sources of federal law (cases, statutes, and regulations).

Federal primary materials about Colorado by content types:

Laws and Regulations

US Constitution
Federal Statutory Codes and Legislation

Federal Case Law and Court Materials

U.S. Courts of Appeals
United States courts of appeals, inclouding bankruptcy courts and bankcruptcy appellate panels:

Federal Administrative Materials and Resources

Presidential Materials

Materials that emanate from the President’s lawmaking function include executive orders for officers in departments and agencies and proclamations for announcing ceremonial or commemorative policies. Presidential materials available include:

Executive Materials

Federal Legislative History Materials

Legislative history traces the legislative process of a particular bill (about Colorado and other subjects) for the main purpose of determining the legislators’ intent behind the enactment of a law to explain or clarify ambiguities in the language or the perceived meaning of that law (about Colorado or other topics), or locating the current status of a bill and monitoring its progress.

State Administrative Materials and Resources

State regulations are rules and procedures promulgated by state agencies (which may apply to Colorado and other topics); they are a binding source of law. In addition to promulgating regulations, state administrative boards and agencies often have judicial or quasi-judicial authority and may issue administrative decisions affecting Colorado. Finding these decisions can be challenging. In many cases, researchers about Colorado should check state agency web sites for their regulations, decisions, forms, and other information of interest.

State rules and regulations are found in codes of regulations and administrative codes (official compilation of all rules and regulations, organized by subject matter). Search here:

State opinions of the Attorney General (official written advisory opinions on issues of state law related to Colorado when formerly requested by a designated government officer):

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