Quick Guide to Colorado Law at CSU Libraries
Colorado Laws can be found in the Colorado Revised Statutes (CRS), with print sets at the following call numbers:
GA6.5/1973/ Doc Ref and KFC1829 .A2 Law/Tax.
Electronic versions of the CRS can be found in LEXIS-NEXIS Academic ("State Codes" component) and at the Colorado General Assembly ("Revised Statutes" link). Laws passed in each session of the Colorado General Assembly can be found in the Session Laws (KFC1825 .A2 Law/Tax).
Colorado Appellate Court Cases can be found in LEXIS-NEXIS Academic ("State Case Law" component). Cases can be searched by keyword, litigant name, or citation. When searching by citation, try substituting pre/5 for any abbreviation. For example:
101 pre/5 1072 NOT 101 P.3d 1072
The library does not own the Pacific Reporter or any other print version of Colorado court cases or other court cases other than those of the US Supreme Court.
Colorado Court Rules appear as part of the Colorado Revised Statutes (see above) and in the following separate volumes:
- Colorado Court Rules: State (KFC2329 .A196 Ref)
- Colorado Court Rules: Federal (KFC2329 .A195 Ref)
Colorado Litigation Forms can be found in Litigation Forms and Analysis (KFC2330 .A65 C64 Ref).
Legal Encyclopedias: the library does not subscribe to the legal encyclopedias American Jurisprudence (AmJur) or Corpus Juris Secundum (CJS). However, legal background can sometimes be found in articles in the "Law Reviews" component of LEXIS-NEXIS Academic.
Self-help Information and Legal Forms can be found at the Colorado Courts site.
Fort Collins Ordinances can be found in print at JS884 .A5 Ref. The electronic version is at the City of Fort Collins site (click on "Public Records").
Law Libraries open to the public can be found at the University of Colorado-Boulder, the Colorado Supreme Court Library in Denver, and the Wyoming Supreme Court Library in Cheyenne. For the current status of the Larimer County Bar Association Library, ask at the County Courthouse.
Library staff do not practice law and, therefore, are not permitted to:
- conduct legal research for patrons,
- provide legal advice or opinions,
- read a legal authority over the phone, even if provided with a citation.
If you require legal assistance, contact your local Bar Association for referrals to attorneys; or visit the American Bar Association information site.