HB 20-1102

  • Colorado House Bill
  • 2020 Regular Session
  • Introduced in House Mar 05, 2020
  • Passed House Mar 04, 2020
  • Senate
  • Governor

Requirements For Jailhouse Witness Testimony


The bill requires each district attorney's office to maintain a central record that tracks each case in which a jailhouse witness is endorsed by the state to testify against a suspect or defendant's interest. Each district attorney's office shall send the information to the Colorado district attorneys' council, which shall maintain a statewide record of the information division of criminal justice in the department of public safety on a monthly basis to be maintained in a centralized statewide record that is available to district attorneys throughout the state . The information is not subject to open records requests. A district attorney shall disclose all jailhouse witnesses who have been endorsed by the state and specified information pursuant to rule 16 of the Colorado rules of criminal procedure. In a criminal prosecution for homicide or sexual assault in which the state intends to introduce the testimony of a jailhouse witness, upon a motion of the defendant, the court shall conduct a pre-trial hearing to determine whether the jailhouse witness's testimony is admissible based upon specified factors. Unless the district attorney shows by a preponderance of the evidence that the jailhouse witness's testimony is reliable based on the specified factors, the court shall not allow the testimony to be heard at trial. If a jailhouse witness's testimony is admitted into evidence, the court shall may instruct the jurors to consider specific factors when assessing the jailhouse witness's testimony. If a jailhouse witness receives leniency related to a pending charge, a conviction, or a sentence for a crime against a victim, in connection with offering or providing testimony against a suspect or defendant, the prosecutor shall notify the victim. The bill appropriates $16,860 from the general fund to the department of public safety which is reappropriated to the office of information technology for information technology services to implement the act. (Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.) (Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Bill Sponsors (4)


Mar 04, 2020


May 26, 2020


Senate Committee on Judiciary Postpone Indefinitely


Mar 05, 2020


Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary

  • Introduction

Mar 04, 2020


House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments

Mar 03, 2020


House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor

Feb 28, 2020


House Second Reading Special Order - Laid Over Daily - No Amendments


House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole

  • Committee-Passage
  • Referral-Committee
House Committee of the Whole Appropriations

Jan 30, 2020


House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations

  • Referral-Committee
Appropriations Judiciary

Jan 14, 2020


Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary + Appropriations

  • Introduction
Appropriations Judiciary

Bill Text

Bill Text Versions Format
Reengrossed (03/04/2020) PDF
Engrossed (03/03/2020) PDF
Introduced (01/14/2020) PDF
PA2 (02/28/2020) PDF
PA1 (01/31/2020) PDF
Committee Amendment PDF

Related Documents

Document Format
Fiscal Note SA1 (02/26/2020) PDF
Fiscal Note FN1 (01/28/2020) PDF
Fiscal Note FN2 (03/25/2020) PDF
Fiscal Note FN3 (07/06/2020) PDF


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