Colorado Rights Blog

HB20-1287:Colorado Rights Act

Criminal Legal Reform
Bill Number: HB20-1287
Year: 2020
ACLU Position: Support
Sponsors: Soper/Marble/Lee


The bill allows a person who has a right, privilege, or immunity secured by the Colorado constitution that is infringed upon to bring a civil action for the violation. The attorney general can also bring an action under the same circumstances. A plaintiff who prevails in the lawsuit is entitled to reasonable attorney fees, and a defendant in an individual suit is entitled to reasonable attorney fees for defending any frivolous claims. Qualified immunity and a defendant’s good faith but erroneous belief in the lawfulness of his or her conduct are not defenses to the civil action. The civil action has a two-year statute of limitations. The bill requires a public entity to indemnify its public employees in a claim unless the employee is convicted of a crime related to the claim.

Current Status:

House Committee on Judiciary Postpone Indefinitely (03/05/2020)
Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary + Appropriations (02/04/20)

Return to Search Menu