Doyle v. ColoradoAnnotate this Case
Petitioner Eric Doyle appealed the court of appeals' decision to affirm his conviction for violating a condition of his bail bond. At the request of the prosecution, the trial court took judicial notice of the fact that petitioner failed to appear in court on a particular day, as mandated by the bond. Upon review, the Supreme Court found, however, that the trial court had not instructed the jury that the judicially noticed fact was not subject to reasonable dispute and had already been accepted as true by the court. The Court found this error was not harmless, notwithstanding proper admission into evidence of a court record reflecting the court's earlier finding to that effect. The judgment of the court of appeals was reversed, and the case remanded to the trial court for a new trial.