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  • Policies and Procedures for Obtaining Discovery in Jefferson and Gilpin Counties

     

    Discovery requests must be made by telephone and accepted by the Discovery Office personnel. We will NOT accept a discovery request via facsimile or mail.

    This office also provides discovery via eDiscovery where discovery may be purchased through a secure online portal.

    After the request(s) for discovery have been made, it will be available two to three working days after the initial request. A return phone call is requested to ensure that the discovery is available for pick-up.

    For traffic and misdemeanor cases, requests can be made two to three weeks after the first appearance date listed on the summons. If the first appearance date is waived prior to the specified date, a request can be made two to three weeks after receiving notice of setting of the pre-trial conference. Discovery is not guaranteed for DMV hearings. A request can be placed on felony and juvenile cases prior to the first court appearance date.

    There are times that the discovery is delayed because the requested police reports have not yet arrived at our office. This generally occurs only in traffic and misdemeanor cases.

    If an entry of appearance has not been properly filed with the courts and our office, a request for discovery will not be processed. Our office will only release discovery to the attorney of record or the defendant (pro se). In addition, defense counsel may designate an authorized representative to select and obtain discovery materials. It is the responsibility of defense counsel to update the Discovery Unit if the status of the authorized individual changes. 

    Attorneys, or pro se defendants, should be certain that they want discovery. Once a request is placed, and the discovery is processed, the attorney or pro se defendant will be responsible for payment regardless of whether the case is resolved prior to pick-up of discovery, unless the attorney of record withdrew prior to case sentencing and the court granting such request. THERE WILL BE NO EXCEPTIONS!

    Additional Discovery:
    When additional discovery is received, the attorney of record will be notified by telephone. If discovery is purchased through eDiscovery, the notification will be via email.

    Please note: The attorney of record is held liable for all additional discovery costs whether or not the case is active or closed, unless the circumstances stated above occur.

    There is an option of either picking up discovery from our office or sending payment with a self-addressed stamped envelope to be mailed. Without your envelope, we will not mail discovery and you will be contacted. All discovery orders/request will require payment upon pick-up. Payment can either be made with a check or money order by defense attorneys and money orders only for pro se/defendants. We do not accept CASH.

    Make checks payable to: Jefferson County Treasurer’s Office

    For more information regarding these policies, you may contact the Discovery office at 303-271-6808 between the hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.