COLORADO PRETRIAL PRACTICES
In partnership with the Colorado Criminal Defense Institute and the Colorado State Public Defender and supported by a grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, in September 2015 NACDL published The Colorado Bail Book: A Defense Practitioner's Guide to Adult Pretrial Release. The Manual is designed to be a resource to aid Colorado defenders in building upon the legislative reforms to the state's bail practices enacted as part of HB-1236, Best Practices in Bond Setting.
In 2018 NACDL Supplemented these materials with 2 video components: an overview of bail practices in Colorado and a panel discussion highlighting challenges and innovations for bail practices in rural communities.
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In 2010 NACDL worked with the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar and the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition to overturn Colorado Revised Statute § 16-7-301(4) which required a defendant to meet with a prosecutor before being considered for appointment of counsel.
Under the statute, when charged with a misdemeanor, petty or traffic offense, an indigent defendant’s “application for appointment of counsel and the payment of the application fee shall be deferred until after the prosecuting attorney has spoken with the defendant.” The statute further required prosecuting attorney to “tell the defendant any offer that can be made based on the facts as known by the prosecuting attorney at that time” and permitted prosecutors to “engage in further plea discussions about the case,” all while the accused was without counsel. In fact, the statute placed the responsibility of advising the defendant they had “the right to . . . seek appointment of counsel” upon the prosecutor.
While the lawsuit challenging the statute as a violation of the Sixth and Fourteenth Amendments was pending in the US District Court (Colorado Criminal Defense Bar v. Hickenlooper), the Colorado legislature repealed the statute, eliminating the requirement an accused speak with the prosecutor before they are able to seek the appointment of counsel and appropriated $8 million dollars to hire additional public defenders to meet the increased workload.
Colorado Public Defense in The Champion
Bright Spots in Public Defense: The Colorado Office of the Alternate Defense Counsel: Supporting Indigent Defense Through a Statewide Conflict Counsel System, by Kevin Bishop, Darren Cantor, Stacie Colling, Lindy Frolich, and Jonathan Rosen, The Champion, Jan/Feb. 2019
Learn About Interrogation Policies in this State
Cross-Examination Trial Pack
NACDL’s new Cross-Examination Trial Pack includes three of our best-selling Cross-Examination resources: “Damage Control: Situational Cross-Examination Techniques Trial Guide”, "Ultimate Cross 2.0: Audio Recordings & Written Materials" and "Sample Cross-Examination Questions."
This masterful collection of cross-examination resources provide countless tips, techniques and strategies for a variety of criminal case-specific scenarios. Learn to cross-examine a variety of trial witnesses!
Death Investigation: Forensic Pathology in the Courtroom and Cause & Manner of Death (2022)
This unique program provides criminal defense lawyers with an accurate and clear overview of forensic pathology and the countless factors to consider in a death investigation and will methodically explain what happens during an autopsy to determine cause and manner of death.
You'll uncover the different types of medicolegal death investigations, what to request from your MDI expert, quality benchmarks for accreditation and certification, guidelines and standards, common terminology and frequently asked questions.
The Psychology of Persuasion & Storytelling for Criminal Defense Lawyers
This Trial Resource Guide is a masterful collection of practical tips, techniques and strategies focused solely on using the arts and sciences of persuasion to improve your storytelling skills at trial.
You'll learn how to master the ability to communicate with juries, deliver powerful openings and closings, perform convincing cross-examinations, use effective courtroom choreography and non-verbal communication, identify and develop the optimal theme and theory for your case, and offer compelling arguments during mitigation and sentencing.
Zealous Advocacy in Sexual Assault & Child Victims Cases (2022)
Defending charges of sexual assault and child abuse can be daunting — but with the right tools, it doesn’t have to be.
Every year, NACDL identifies the hottest topics and most pressing issues when defending these cases, and brings-in nationally-renowned lawyers and experts to help you prepare for battle. This year’s 13th Annual Defending Sex Cases training program is our best yet; packed with topics and speakers you won’t want to miss!