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Colorado Coroner Entitled To Ambulatory Records For Requisite Autopsy Report

The City of Littleton (Colorado) appealed the court-ordered production of ambulatory records to Jefferson County Coroner Nancy Bodelson. The statutorily-mandated production was affirmed.

Due to a victim's death in the absence of an attending physician, the coroner requested the records for a requisite and routine autopsy report. The City denied the request claiming that the Colorado Open Records Act prohibited disclosure except to the patient. Bodelson claimed that § 30-10-606(6)(a) expressly allowed the medical information's disclosure to the coroner's office. The court ordered the production and the City appealed.

The Division Five Court of Appeals of Colorado affirmed the ruling holding that the statutory provisions Bodelson relied upon were controlling. The court held that records requested by the coroner were relevant to the required investigation. See: Bodelson v. City of Littleton. 36 P.3d 214 (Colo. App. 2001).

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Bodelson v. City of Littleton