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Colorado Court Case Search — Find Your Lawsuit

Dena Standley | July 25, 2023

Edited by Hannah Locklear

Summary: If you are being sued for a debt in Colorado, you can access your records online or by visiting the courthouse where the lawsuit was filed. Reduce worry and stress by using SoloSuit to draft and file an Answer to the lawsuit and increase your chances of winning by 7x.

Do you have a debt collection case in a Colorado court and wondering if you can gain access to the court records? Whether it is debt collection or another civil matter, the good news is that Colorado allows its residents to access their case documents online or physically in the courthouse where the case was filed.

Debt collection agencies often receive a judgment in their favor because consumers don’t understand how the Colorado court system works or know what is in their court records. You have rights in a debt collection lawsuit, and protecting those rights start with knowing how to find your court case documents. Below, we will SoloSuit has gone the extra mile to explain the Colorado court system and how to access your case records.

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Colorado court structure

When you know which Colorado court has jurisdiction over your case, it will make it easier to check your case status and stay informed. Since debt collection lawsuits are considered civil cases, we will focus on the Colorado civil court structure in this section.

The Colorado court system is broadly divided into the Appellate Courts (Supreme Court and the Courts of Appeal) and the Trial Courts (District and, County, and Water Courts). Let’s discuss them further:

  • Supreme Court: This court is the last resort for all cases in the state. They hear appeals from the Colorado Court of Appeals but can sometimes accept petitions from parties in the lower courts as well. So, if you disagree with the outcome of your debt lawsuit, you can appeal it and potentially have the Supreme Court reconsider the case.

  • Court of Appeals: This courtThese Colorado courts hears appeals from the triallotrwer courts. ItThey typically does not accept new evidence during appeals but seeksseek to correct errors made by the lower court judges. If the errors are significant, the Court of Appealsthey can requestire the court to start a new trial.

  • District Courts: These courts hear all types of civil cases, criminal, juvenile, and real property. In some situations, parties from these courts can appeal to the Supreme Court directly. For debt lawsuit cases, the District Court mostly handles cases with claims of $25,000 or more.

  • County Courts: These courtsThey hear debt lawsuits involving claims of $25,000 or less. The small claims division is part of the County Courts jurisdiction, handling civil cases of $7,500 and under.contract, and real property cases of up to $25,000, felony cases, traffic offenses, protection orders, and small claims of up to $7,500.

  • Water Courts: These courts have absolute jurisdiction over cases relating to water rights and other water matters. The seven courts are in the main river basins in Colorado.

The graphic below further outlines the Colorado court structure:

CO court structure

Your debt collectioncollation case will most likely be heard in the County Courts small claims division, depending on how much money is in question. There is also a good chance your case will be in the County Court where you reside if it involves more than $7,500..Small Claims Division under the County Courts if the debt you owe is less than $7,500. If the amount exceeds $7,500, it will likely be filed in the District Court.

The law allows small claims participants parties in these courts to represent themselves. In Colorado, you have 21 days to respond to a debt collection lawsuit before you lose automatically. Use SoloSuit to draft and file an Answer document in minutes. Check out this video to learn more:

How to access your Colorado court case records

Colorado makes it easy to access your court records from anywhere via the Colorado case docket portal. The only downside to online search is that you have to wait three days to receive your detailed records via mail. The other option is to visit the courthouse where the debt collection agency filed your case. Read on to learn how to find the court where your case was filed.

Access your Colorado court case records in the courthouse

The first step is to know the precise court where your case was filed. This information is indicated in the lawsuit letter you received. Once you know the name of the court, you can find the court location using either of these links; District Courts and County Courts.

Once you click the above link, you'll be redirected to a page that gives you the county names. Next, look for your county and click on it. All the courthouse’s contact and directory information will be displayed.

You'll be required to complete a written request for the court records before the court clerk grants access. Most courthouses charge a small fee for making copies and certification.

Access your Colorado court case records onlineremotely

Colorado’s online platform allows you to access the basic information of your court records. You need to enter some or most of the following information:

  • Court type
  • Date the case was filed
  • Case number
  • Your name
  • Your creditor’s attorney's bar number

The search result will give you basic information such as the action required by you, the hearing date, how you are to appear in court, and the courtroom number. You are required to fill in the following records request form if you need more information about your case. The court sends the documents via mail within 3 days.

How to find your case number in Colorado

A case number is the most crucial information to have if you want to find your case records quickly. Every case filed in all Colorado courthouses receives a case number to help in easier identification of court records. The case number is created using:

  • The 4-digit year the case was filed
  • The case class (also known as case type)
  • The case sequence, or the chronological number of cases filed in CO courts

For example, case number 2022CV00001 is the first civil case filed in 2022.

If you do not have the case number, visit the Colorado case docket search and enter the details you know. The search results will likely show several case records related to your search, and you can go through and locate yours. Alternatively, you can visit the courthouse and submit your details to the Clerk of Court.

Lawsuits filed in fFederal court

Few debt collection cases ever reach Federal court. However, if you are dealing with a Federal court case, there are resources available. You can find information about Federal court cases using the Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) system.

Once you create a PACER account, you can locate district, appellate, and bankruptcy court case information. There is no fee for registering for a PACER account, and you can access a limited number of records before having to pay for your access.

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