Practitioners can access Westlaw through the library using this link to sign up for a 14 day free trial (must register with an email not previously associated with Westlaw, use limited to 14 days after registration and 20 hours total).
The Colorado State Bar provides members a free alternative to Westlaw. Fastcase includes state and federal cases, statutes, and regulations, as well as limited secondary sources, such as articles from Colorado Lawyer. Click here for more information on free access to Fastcase.
Researching Colorado legislative history without access to print materials can be difficult, though our Colorado Session Laws and House and Senate Journal databases may help.
Lexis has archived Colorado Revised Statutes from 1992 onward, Westlaw has Colorado Statutes Annotated from 1989 onward, and HeinOnline has archived Colorado Statutes for all years prior to 1960. You may be able to infer previous versions of a statute using source notes. For example, see this excerpted source note from Lexis:
The first three entries* indicate the statute was:
In other words, the statute stayed the same between 1987 and 2007. Therefore, if you were looking for the 1987 version of the statute, you could use the archived versions of the statutes from 1991 on Lexis or Westlaw.
You can also use our Colorado Session Laws database to view specific amendments indicated in statutory source notes.
*See the section on source notes in this guide to researching Colorado Legislative History.
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