What is Discovery?

Discovery is the process by which the prosecuting attorney’s office provides factual basis of a criminal offense to the defendant or their counsel as governed by the Colorado Rules of Criminal Procedure. Discoverable materials include items such as police reports, witness statements, criminal history reports, lab reports, photos, interviews, and other information regarding the guilt or innocence of the defendant. Additional discoverable materials, such as supplemental reports, lab results, interviews, and such are typically generated throughout the progression of a criminal prosecution and are made available when they are received by the prosecuting attorney’s office.