Discovery is the term used to describe the information, facts, documents and other materials the District Attorney’s Office relies 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.
After a case has been referred to our office by a law enforcement agency and charges have been filed, our office will open a case against the defendant. All investigative reports and other information is placed in the case file as it is received and will become discovery in the case. The discovery will then be available to the defendant or defense counsel.
Discovery may be released to the defendant, the defendant’s attorney or agent, or, in the case of a juvenile defendant, to the juvenile’s parent or guardian. Discovery will not be released to defense counsel without an entry of appearance on file.
Our office has converted completely to electronic filing so all discovery is provided electronically or on DVD. In criminal cases, discovery is provided electronically to defense attorneys at no charge. Discovery is provided on DVD to defendants at no charge. In the event the discovery is too large for a DVD, you will be asked to bring in a flash drive. A $15 charge is assessed for copies of discovery DVDs provided to civil attorneys and members of the public and media who file records requests. Payment may be made by check or cash.
Because of limited staff and resources, an appointment must be made to pick up discovery DVDs. You must call (303) 835-5422 to schedule an appointment. In consideration for those who schedule an appointment, discovery will not be available to walk-ins.
Our office has converted completely to electronic filing so all discovery is on DVD. No paper files are available. There is a charge of $15 per DVD for initial discovery. An additional charge of $15 will be charged for DVDs that contain proprietary software. All additional discovery is charged at $1. Payment may be made by cash or check.
Discovery may be picked up between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., and 1:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, every working day of each week, at the Office of the District Attorney, 1000 Judicial Center Drive, Suite 100, Brighton, CO 80601.
If you wish to examine any physical evidence which may be in the custody of the police agency involved in this case, please contact our office to make the appropriate arrangements.