Chief Justice Directive 98-03
SUPREME COURT OF COLORADO
Office of the Chief Justice
Directive Concerning the Preparation of the Record
in Death Penalty Cases
In order to allow public access to the record while maintaining the integrity
and access of the record, the following procedures are to be followed in all
cases where the death penalty may be sought. These procedures shall also
be used in such other cases as determined by the Chief Judge to be “high
In order to facilitate compliance with Rule 32.2, C.R.Crim.P., the trial
judge shall issue a case management order implementing the following
procedures (which supplement existing procedures for certifying a record on
Counsel shall file the original and three copies of all pleadings
(including any exhibits to the pleadings) only with the clerk of the court.
The original copy shall be stamped “District” by the clerk. The other copies
shall be stamped “Appellate,” “Public,” and “Judge” by the clerk. The clerk
shall forward all pleadings which are stamped “Judge” to the trial judge.
The pages of all pleadings shall be sequentially numbered so that the
record reads like a book. The clerk shall stamp each page of each pleading
and exhibit with a sequentially numbering device such as a “Bates” stamp.
The clerk shall designate a supervisor as the custodian of the record
for the case. The designated custodian shall receive all pleadings in the case
and make the computer entry for the filing of all pleadings. Upon receipt of
each pleading, the designated custodian shall index the pleading and “Bates
stamp” each page of the original and each page of all copies of the pleading.
If applicable, pleadings filed in the County Court shall be made part of the
record consistent with these guidelines and procedures.
The “District” and “Appellate” files shall remain in the custody of the
designated custodian at all times. The “District” file of the original
pleadings is available for review by the public, counsel or other cou