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Senate Bill 20-217 Enhance Law Enforcement Integrity Signed Into Law

On June 19, 2020, Governor Jared Polis enacted sweeping law enforcement reforms in Colorado with the signing of Senate Bill 20-217 (the “Bill”). The Bill makes it clear that qualified immunity is not a defense against a case brought under C.R.S. § 13-21-131 (and only cases brought under C.R.S. § 13-21-131). Not only does qualified immunity not apply, but neither does the Colorado Governmental Immunity Act, any other statutory immunities, or any limitations on liability, damages, or attorney’s fees. In fact, the Bill creates a mandatory award of attorney’s fees to any successful plaintiff. A defendant, by contrast, may only recover attorney’s fees if the court finds the action frivolous.

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Senate Bill 20-217 Enhance Law Enforcement Integrity Signed Into Law

On June 19, 2020, Governor Jared Polis enacted sweeping law enforcement reforms in Colorado with the signing of Senate Bill 20-217 (the “Bill”). The Bill makes it clear that qualified immunity is not a defense against a case brought under C.R.S. § 13-21-131 (and only cases brought under C.R.S. § 13-21-131). Not only does qualified immunity not apply, but neither does the Colorado Governmental Immunity Act, any other statutory immunities, or any limitations on liability, damages, or attorney’s fees. In fact, the Bill creates a mandatory award of attorney’s fees to any successful plaintiff. A defendant, by contrast, may only recover attorney’s fees if the court finds the action frivolous.

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