What is “Discovery”?
Discovery is the procedure by which the Denver District Attorney’s Office provides information, facts, documents, and other materials to the defense regarding a filed case, as governed by the Colorado Rules of Criminal Procedure. Discovery material is submitted by the Denver Police Department or obtained during further police and district attorney office investigation. Discovery does not include the work product generated by the District Attorney’s Office.
Discovery is available on active cases to the attorney of record and to pro-se defendants only. Discovery will not be released to a defendant represented by counsel.
For all other records requests pursuant to the Colorado Open Records Act (CORA) or the Colorado Criminal Justice Records Act (CCJRA) please follow the Records Requests procedure.
Note: 911 recordings and original photos may be ordered directly from the Denver Police Department Civil Liabilities Bureau by the attorney of record or the pro-se defendant by calling 720-913-6400.
Discovery Room hours: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, Monday through Friday. The Office requests 3 business days’ notice to prepare discovery.
Instructions to Obtain Discovery
Instructions for obtaining discovery may be heard by calling 720-913-9001.
Attorneys: Discovery will be provided to the attorney of record. Order discovery by emailing your request with an attached court-filed entry of appearance or order of court appointment to email@example.com, or fax your request with the attached entry of appearance/court appointment to 720-913-9035, to the attention of Discovery Staff.
District Attorney staff will notify the attorney when the discovery is ready for pick up. Attorneys may send a professional courier company or law firm employee to pick up discovery. An authorization letter on office letterhead will be required before discovery is released.
Pro-se Defendants: Discovery must be ordered in person along with a valid photo ID. You will be required to fill out paperwork. You will be notified when the discovery is ready. Only the defendant (ID required) may pick up this discovery. Parents of juveniles (with appropriate identification) may order and pick up discovery.
Discovery Pick-up Location
Denver District Attorney’s Office
Webb Municipal Office Building
201 W. Colfax Ave., 8th floor
Denver, Colorado 80202