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How do I Find Colorado Revised Statutes?: Locate Statutes

Searching for Colorado Revised Statutes

You can search the current Colorado Revised Statutes in either the UCCS or the public version of LexisNexis. The information below explains both versions.

The CRS is very, very large so you'll want to start with information on the statute you're hoping to find. You DO NOT want to search in the full text of the CRS for something general like "water" or "elections."

Before searching for a statute, it's good do know:

  • the name of the law - there may be popular names used in the media and the actual name documented in the government information source
  • basic understanding of what this law means or addresses

Since the government is responsible for making a lot of this information publicly accessible, your best bet is start with a web search engine like Google. Once you've identified a specific law, go find it in the CRS!

Older version of Colorado statutes are available in print; not online. We recommend contacting the Research Assistance desk for assistance if you need to locate them.

Find in LexisNexis Academic (UCCS Only)

Inside LexisNexis Academic, you will need to change some settings so that you are only searching the Colorado Revised Statutes.

1. Click on "Search By Content Type" and select "State Statutes and Regulations" from the options below.

Screenshot of the LexisNexis Academic homepage. The Search by Content Type option is above the right hand side of the search box.

 

2. Limit to the Colorado Revised Statues by clicking on "Advanced Options" (under the search box) and checking the boxes for Statutory Code and Colorado within the States section of the options. Click the Apply box to save your settings.

Screenshot of the advanced options - the advanved options link is below and to the left of the search box.

Find on the Public Website

This link does not take you directly to the Colorado Revised Statutes. You need to select the link on the left hand side of the LexisNexis screen:

Screenshot of the LexisNexis Colorado Legal Resources homepage.Colorado Revised Statutes is the third link on the left hand side of the screen.

 

Now you can search the statutes by entering terms in the search box or browse the contents of the statues on the lower half of the page by using the + and - signs to open and close different sections.

Screenshot of the Colorado Revised Statutes search options. The table of contents is on the lower half of the page.

 

The next image shows some results of a search for fair campaign practices. There are matches for the search terms in the text of statutes and in the full title of statutes. This is why it's important to do a specific search instead of a general one word search like "elections" or "water" - there will be too many irrelevant results. If you set a search limit to "Table of Contents (TOC) Only" below the search box you can avoid matching search terms in less relevant places.

Picture of results of a search for "fair campaign practices".

Other States?

If you need to research other states' statutes, follow the same process for the state of your choice.