HB 21-1309

  • Colorado House Bill
  • 2021 Regular Session
  • Introduced in House Jun 04, 2021
  • Passed House Jun 04, 2021
  • Passed Senate Jun 08, 2021
  • Signed by Governor Jun 21, 2021

Criminal Trial Continuances COVID-19 Pandemic

Abstract

Under existing law, a criminal defendant must be brought to trial within 6 months after the date of the entry of a plea of not guilty. However, there are circumstances that exclude a period of time when computing the time within which a defendant must be brought to trial. These exclusions extend the length of time within which the defendant must be brought to trial. The bill permits the court to exclude a period of delay caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, not to exceed 6 months if the defendant is not in custody for the case pending a jury trial or not to exceed 3 months if the defendant is in custody for the case pending a jury trial, if the case includes a charge of a certain crime and other certain considerations are satisfied. The court may grant not more than 2 continuances 1 continuance due to a period of delay caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill requires the court that orders an exclusion of a period of delay caused by the COVID-19 pandemic to conduct a hearing for reconsideration of reconsider bond for an eligible defendant in custody awaiting trial. A court shall not grant a continuance based on a delay caused by the COVID-19 pandemic on or after 5:01 p.m. on April 29, 2022. (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)

Votes


Jun 04, 2021

Jun 08, 2021

Actions


Jun 21, 2021

Office of the Governor

Governor Signed

Jun 15, 2021

Office of the Governor

Sent to the Governor

Jun 14, 2021

House

Signed by the Speaker of the House

Senate

Signed by the President of the Senate

Jun 08, 2021

Senate

Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments

Jun 07, 2021

Senate

Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments

Jun 04, 2021

Senate

Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole

  • Committee-Passage
  • Referral-Committee
Senate Committee of the Whole State, Veterans, & Military Affairs

Senate

Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs

  • Introduction
State, Veterans, & Military Affairs

House

House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments

Jun 03, 2021

House

House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor

Jun 02, 2021

House

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

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

May 18, 2021

House

House Committee on Judiciary Witness Testimony and/or Committee Discussion Only

Judiciary

May 07, 2021

House

Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary

  • Introduction
Judiciary

Bill Text

Bill Text Versions Format
Signed Act (06/21/2021) PDF
Final Act (06/14/2021) PDF
Rerevised (06/08/2021) PDF
Revised (06/07/2021) PDF
Reengrossed (06/04/2021) PDF
Engrossed (06/03/2021) PDF
Introduced (05/07/2021) PDF
PA1 (06/03/2021) PDF
Committee Amendment PDF

Related Documents

Document Format
Fiscal Note FN1 (05/18/2021) PDF

Sources

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