2020 Colorado Revised Statutes
Title 24 - Government - State
Article 31. Department of Law
Section 24-31-704. Access to records - confidentiality - public access - immunity.

(1) (a) Notwithstanding any other state law to the contrary, but subject to the requirements of applicable provisions of federal law, the review board and review teams have access to records and information that are relevant to a review of a domestic violence fatality and that are in the possession of a state or local governmental agency.

(b) The review board and review teams may access mental health and substance abuse treatment records only with the written consent of appropriate parties in accordance with applicable federal and state law.

(2) (a) All review board and review team meetings; activities of the review board and review teams, including activities of any issue-specific panel or ad hoc subcommittee formed by the review board or by review teams; review board and review team meeting notes and statements; health information and medical records obtained by the review board or by review teams; and any information obtained by the department in connection with the review board or review teams are confidential and are not subject to:

  1. The open meetings provisions of the "Colorado Sunshine Act of 1972" set forth insection 24-6-402;

  2. The "Colorado Open Records Act", part 2 of article 72 of title 24; or

  3. Subpoena, discovery, or introduction into evidence in any civil or criminal proceeding, unless the information was obtained from another source that is separate and apart from the review board or review teams.

  1. Each member of the review board, each member of a review team, and each invitedparticipant at a meeting shall sign a statement indicating an understanding of and adherence to confidentiality requirements. A person who knowingly violates confidentiality requirements commits a class 3 misdemeanor and, upon conviction, shall be punished as provided in section 18-1.3-501.

  2. A member of the review board, a member of a review team, a person who attends areview team meeting, and a person who presents information to a review team are not subject to examination in any civil or criminal proceeding concerning information presented to members of the review team or opinions formed by the review team based on that information. A person may, however, be examined concerning information reviewed by the review board or a review team that is otherwise available to the public or that is required to be revealed by that person in an official capacity.

  3. Information, documents, records, notes, memoranda, and data of the review boardand the review teams are not subject to subpoena, discovery, or introduction into evidence in any action in any court or before any tribunal, board, agency, or person and may not be exhibited or disclosed in any way by any person unless the information was obtained from another source that is separate and apart from the review board or review teams, except as may be necessary for furthering the duties of the review board or the review teams or in response to an alleged violation of a confidentiality agreement pursuant to subsection (2)(b) of this section.

(3) A member of the review board, a member of a review team, and any person acting as a witness to, incident reporter to, or investigator for the review board or a review team is not liable for any act or proceeding undertaken or performed within the scope of the functions of the review board or review team unless he or she acted in bad faith, with malicious purpose, or in a manner exhibiting wanton and willful disregard of human rights, safety, or property.

Source: L. 2017: Entire part added, (SB 17-126), ch. 400, p. 2087, § 2, effective August 9.

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