Colorado Streamlines Discovery Procedures

discoveryTo increase the accessibility of justice and reduce the overall cost and delay of litigation in the state, Colorado’s Supreme Court adopted several amendments to its rules of civil procedure. One of the biggest changes impacts discovery.

The changes made to the Colorado Supreme Court rules reflect those of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, which are expected to go into full effect December of this year.

The all of the major changes on discovery and pretrial.

According to an article in The Colorado Lawyer, the provisions will “increase involvement of judges to establish early and personal judicial oversight of pretrial activities; provide for expedited discovery motions; change the breadth of required disclosures; limit discovery to what is needed, not what is wanted; limit expert discovery; clarify obligations when responding to interrogatories and requests for documents; and strengthen judges’ ability to award sanctions for noncompliance with these rules.”

Lawyers will begin to take these amendments into consideration when filing any civil case in Colorado on and after July 1, 2015. For any questions or concerns about the changes of the Colorado Supreme Court Rules, and how they might impact your practice, please contact the Colorado Supreme Court for additional guidance.


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Erika Kubik

Erika Kubik

Former Communications Specialist at Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism
Erika is the former Communications Specialist for the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism. She successfully developed strategies to increase 2Civility’s social presence across channels. As a recent graduate of Bradley University, Erika received her Bachelor of Arts studying Public Relations and Social Media Marketing where her passion for writing and brand development took flight. Outside of the office, Erika works to develop her own personal brand as she takes on Chicago for the first time having grown up just outside of the Greater St. Louis area. Though she may not be accustomed to the deep dish pizza as a Celiac, she has found the Windy City to be quite accommodating to her active lifestyle as a runner and fitness fanatic.
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