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    The District Attorney's Office is a public office and is committed to providing the greatest possible transparency for the community while protecting the rights of the accused. It is the role of the public information officer to ensure the flow of information from the District Attorney’s Office to the media and to the public. If you are with the media and have any questions, call Public Information Officer Pam Russell, 303-271-6905.

    Criminal Justice Records Request

    Requests for records made to our office will be handled as efficiently and expeditiously as possible, within the provisions of the Colorado Criminal Justice Records Act (CCJRA), C.R.S. 24-72-301 et seq. All requests under the CCJRA must be completed on our office’s request form. All requests must include a specific description of the records sought. Request from the media should be directed to the Public Information Officer.

    Please fill out the District Attorney's Criminal Justice Records Request form Adobe Reader is required for viewing this document  and email to prussel@jeffco.us or mail to 500 Jefferson County Parkway, Golden, CO 80401.

    Requests for criminal justice records governed by CCJRA may take longer than three days to respond to, depending on the nature of the request. The requesting party will be notified if the requested records will take longer than what would be considered a “reasonable time”, or if the records are not available, or if they are not available under the CCJRA.

    Social Media

    Social media is an important resource for the community and government. Follow us on Twitter at @DA1Colorado for the latest information about crime prevention tips, programs, and current events.

    Requests from Media

    The First Judicial District Attorney’s Office strives to balance the rights of the accused to a fair trial and the public’s right to know through a free press when responding to the news media regarding matters of public record. Our goal is to maintain an open, cooperative working relationship with the media who act as a conduit of our accountability to the public.

    Prosecution files are not public records in their entirety. Certain categories of documents are protected. At no time before final judgment and sentence in a criminal case are documents from District Attorney files available for review. Requests for access to closed files are considered and certain records may be made available for review. Copies of records may be made available at our standard Discovery fees: $.25 per page is charged for scanned or paper copies; and a research fee of $25 may be charged for retrieving files stored off site, or if the time needed to fulfill the request exceeds one hour.

    If a media representative is denied access to criminal justice information, he or she shall be given an explanation as to the reason for the denial. In accordance with criminal justice records law, if a written request is made, a written response will also be provided within the time allowed by the Colorado Revised Statutes 24-72-305.

    Requests from Non-Media

    Records requests, other than those made by the media, should be made to the Discovery Unit. If the records requested are not considered “discovery” then the records request form should be used.

    News Releases

    See our News page for the latest news from the District Attorney's Office.