Last week, the Colorado Supreme Court approved three amendments to the Colorado Rules of Criminal Procedure. The changes all deal with allowing electronic transmissions, documentation, and signatures.
Crim. P. 4.2, which concerns arrest warrants without information or complaints, was amended to allow for warrants to be obtained by electronic transmission in addition to by fax.
Crim. P. 41, which concerns search, seizure, and confession, was also amended. Crim. P. 41(c)(3) was amended to allow for application and issuance of a warrants by electronic transmission and documentation in addition to by fax. Electronic signatures are also permissible. Crim. P. 41(f) was amended as well, allowing for electronic documents to be filed with the clerk of court.
Crim. P. 41.1, which concerns court orders for non-testimonial identification, now allows for orders to be issued based on electronic affidavits and signatures. The amendment was made to section (c) of the rule.