News & Media
The Denver District Attorney's Office is committed to providing public information in an accurate and timely manner. News releases and officer-involved shooting decision letters are posted regularly here.
Helpful information, including court docket resources, expanded media requests and links to related agencies such as courts and law enforcement, are also provided to assist with research and access to public information.
- 303 magazine interview with Beth McCann
- District Attorney’s Office Update –August 2017
- Colorado Inside Out Marvin Booker Investigation
- Harvard Law School Panel Discussion on A New Vision for the 21st Century Prosecutor Sept. 25, 2017
- Meet the Denver DA, 5280 Magazine, October 2017
- DA McCann November 2017 interview with TRT World Magazine: From Clarence Thomas to Harvey Weinstein: Changing norms on harassment
Denver is unique in Colorado in that it is a City, County, and State Judicial District. The Denver City Council has enacted numerous municipal ordinances that regulate or prohibit conduct which is also regulated or prohibited by state law.
In many instances, charges that could be filed as violations of state law are filed by Denver Police Department officers as violations of the Denver Revised Municipal Code.
Both the Denver District Attorney and Denver City Attorney prosecute criminal offenses in Denver County Court.
Crimes Prosecuted by the District Attorney
The Denver District Attorney’s office prosecutes misdemeanors and felonies defined by state law occurring within the City and County of Denver.
Crimes Prosecuted by the City Attorney
The City Attorney prosecutes violations of city municipal ordinances (city laws) and regulatory codes created by the City of Denver; examples include: defacing property, petty theft, shoplifting, resistance, interference of a peace officer, curfew, assault, disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace, trespass, open container, being in the park after hours, and non-alcohol traffic violations.
Case Number Tip
District Attorney’s Office: Case numbers start with a year, then letters “CR,” “M,” or “JD,” then a number, as in 16CR01234, 17M1234, or 15JD7891
City Attorney’s Office: Case numbers start with a year, then letters “GV,” “GS,” or “D,” then a number, as in 17GS1234 or D5678, or paperwork says “General Sessions Summons and Complaint”
City Attorney’s Office Contact Information
For a listing of the Denver criminal courts daily docket, visit this website.
The Denver District Attorney’s Office is bound by the Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct, specifically Rules 3.6 and 3.8, as to what information can be provided to the public and media prior to trial.
For a copy of those rules, click here.
For a copy of the annual letter from the Denver District Attorney to the Chief of Police describing these rules and limitations, click here.
For information and forms regarding CORA/CCJRA records requests click here.
Sex Assault Victims
Identifying information of sexual assault victims is prohibited from public disclosure, 24-72-304(4), C.R.S.
The name and any other information that would identify any child victim of sex-related offenses is prohibited from public disclosure, 24-72-304(4.5)(a), C.R.S.
In general (with exceptions), law enforcement records relating to pending actions against juveniles, including their identifying information shall not be disclosed to the public, 19-1-304(2)(a), C.R.S.
Sealed Criminal Records
Upon the entry of an order to seal arrest and criminal records other than convictions, the petitioner and all criminal justice agencies may properly reply, upon any inquiry in the matter, that no such records exist with respect to the person, 24-72-702(1)(d), C.R.S.
Information about expanded media coverage requests for District Court proceedings is available at “Expanded Media Coverage Rules and Forms,” https://www.courts.state.co.us/Media/Index.cfm
The request form is available electronically, which means it does not have to be filed in person at the courthouse, at “Request for Expanded Media Coverage,” https://www.courts.state.co.us/Media/request/
The request will be routed to the clerk of court and district administrator via email, and then uploaded to the case file by the clerk for a ruling from the court.
Within the “Certificates of Service” box, if valid email addresses for the parties are entered, they will automatically be served with the EMC request. If you cannot find email contacts, you will need to print the form and serve the parties.
Information about expanded media coverage requests for County Court proceedings is available at www.denvercountycourt.org/media-section/