Skip to main content
Colorado General AssemblyToggle Main Menu
Agency NameToggle Agency Menu

Evidentiary Rules When Interference With Witness

Concerning evidentiary rules when a defendant interferes with a witness.
2020 Regular Session
Courts & Judicial
Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
Bill Summary

Pursuant to an opinion of the Colorado supreme court, if a party to a criminal case wrongfully procures the unavailability of a witness, that witness's hearsay evidence may be inadmissible. The act provides that such evidence may be admissible as an exception to the hearsay rule if:

  • The proponent of the evidence has given reasonable notice of the party's intent to introduce the evidence; and
  • The court determines by a preponderance of the evidence that the party intended to and did procure the unavailability of the witness.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)


Became Law


Bill Text

Colorado legislature email addresses ending in are no longer active. Please replace with for Colorado legislature email addresses. Details

The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details