I am able to see the Docket online but it only provides Names, Case Number and Hearing Type. Is there a way that a non-lawyer can get more details on a case to see if it is the type of case they are looking for? It was my understanding that the documents provided to the courts were "public". Is there a way to see the Complaint or the Register of Action to get a little more information on the case? I would like to observe if possible Intentional Infliction of Distress, Slander, Libel, Malicious behavior, and or Outrageous conduct that resulted in damages.
You can review the complaints at the courthouse.
In order to review the filings online, you need to have access to LexisNexis File and Serve. An attorney's office may be able to help you review the documents online or it may be possible for a non attorney to obtain an account. You would need to contact LexisNexis to explore that. There is a charge (even for attorneys) to search for and review documents in cases in which the searcher is not a party or an attorney of record.
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Even with a Lexis File and Serve account, you have to know exactly what case name and docket number you are looking for. And Mr. Harkess is correct, they charge you $10 or $15 for a search each time an attorney inquires about a case that they are not designated counsel in (even if they were counsel in it previously or are thinking about taking on the case). If you are just looking for case law on defamation (which includes libel (written) or slander (verbal)), intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligent infliction of emotional distress, etc., you can search the archives of the Colorado Lawyer on the www.cobar.og website or look at a treatise book on tort law on the subject. Numerous articles about defamation and emotional distress have been issued by a couple of professors from CU over the past few years, in which they analyze the case law not only in Colorado but nationwide.
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