While some of Colorado’s most high-profile criminal decisions landed at the U.S. Supreme Court this past year, others made less seismic shifts in state case law.
Criminal matters are the most prolific at the Colorado Supreme Court and Colorado Court of Appeals, making up about 60 percent or more of their dockets in any given year. And over the past year, there has been an increase in criminal cas-es in the state court system.
In FY 2016, criminal filings at the district-court level increased about 12.5 percent from the previous fiscal year, the largest area of increase when general filings were up about 2.4 percent, according to the judicial branch’s annual report from last year. Overall though, criminal filings in state district courts are down from 24 percent of the overall docket in 2007 to 21 percent last year.