DENVER — Colorado's Supreme Court Chief Justice announced Monday an order regarding the operation of courts across the state amid concerns about the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus.
It suspends some court operations, including all jury calls in state courts, except those for criminal trials facing imminent speedy trial deadlines. Jury calls are suspended through April at which time the situation will be evaluated.
“While the timely administration of justice is the cornerstone of our judicial system, protection of public health and safety and the well-being of our judicial staff is of paramount importance,” said Chief Justice Coats. “We can no longer continue with normal business operations, but in the interest of all Coloradans we are also unable to cease operating entirely. Balancing those factors, I entered today’s (Monday) order.”
The courts otherwise remain open and will continue operations for matters including, but not limited to:
- Petitions for temporary civil protection orders and permanent protection order hearings.
- Petitions for temporary emergency risk protection orders and hearings on emergency risk protection orders.
- Crime Rule 5 advisement for incarcerated persons and the initial setting of bail.
- Revocation hearings on complaints to revoke probation involving an incarcerated defendant.
- Proceedings necessary to protect the constitutional rights of criminal defendants including bond-related matters and plea agreements for incarcerated individuals.
- Detention hearings for juvenile delinquency cases.
- Shelter hearings in dependency and neglect cases or other juvenile proceedings.
- Petitions for appointment of an emergency guardian and/or special conservator.
- Hearings on motions to restrict parenting time and parental abduction prevention.
- Emergency mental health proceedings.
Colorado has 22 judicial districts and each makes its own administrative decisions for the district.
All information related to district decisions regarding COVID-19 and court and probation operations will be posted to the district’s web page.
Those with docketed court appearances unsure about whether to appear for a hearing are asked to contact the clerk of court at their courthouse.
Denver District Court (2nd Judicial district) has reduced operations and staff in order to provide only essential court services through April 3 and reduce in-person appearances in criminal, civil and domestic relations matters.
The court and probation offices will remain open but, in the interest of public safety, some court and probation operations will be limited through March 31, 2020. Notices will be sent in cases that are rescheduled.
Aurora Municipal Court will be closed through April 3. Click here for updates.
Boulder Municipal Court is closed. Click here for updates.
The Erie Municipal Court is closed to the public effective immediately until further notice. Click here for the latest updates.
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