2021 COURT PROCESS UPDATE - Municipal Court Appearances:
Slowing the spread of COVID-19 is of utmost concern for the Town of Minturn. Therefore, the Town of Minturn Municipal Court is enacting procedures to reduce the number of individuals who must make a physical appearance in Court.
Minturn Municipal Court will be offering Virtual Court options, beginning January 2021. You MUST contact the court prior to your appearance, to advise if you will be appearing in person or virtually. The court will be using the Zoom online platform, and will share the necessary information with defendants prior to their court date. If a defendant does not have access to a computer, or is not comfortable using one, they may request to appear in person and accommodations will be made.
Arraignments are normally held in the Minturn Municipal Court, 302 Pine St, Minturn, Colorado. Do not come to this address unless you have made arrangements with the court clerk to do so. Your Arraignment will be held via ZOOM, unless other arrangements have been made in advance. You will need to use a computer or smart phone to connect remotely and thereby meet with the prosecutor and appear before the judge via Zoom at your scheduled time. Please visit the Court Schedule page for information on how to connect to Minturn Municipal Court via Zoom for your scheduled arraignment date. Prior to your arraignment date, please first read and review your Advisement of Rights HERE. Please contact the Court Clerk with questions, call (970) 827-5645,x5 or email: email@example.com.
Defendants may also request a plea by mail. In order to start this process the defendant must contact the Clerk of Court and provide a current working telephone number and email address prior to their court date. Should a defendant fail to enter into a plea by mail agreement prior their scheduled court date, such defendant must appear in court on their scheduled court date at the scheduled time. Failure to appear/enter into a plea by mail may result in a bench warrant.
COVID-19 Does NOT negate any citations, traffic, parking or other. It is the defendant's responsibility to follow up with the court to take care of any outstanding citations.
The Court would like to remind defendants that traffic citations paid within 20 days receive a points reduction of 1 point for violations of 3 or less points, and a reduction of 2 points for a violation of 4 or more points.
The Court would like to remind recipients of standard parking citations that if the ticket is paid within the first 20 days of receipt, the ticket cost is reduced by $20 (making it $30 vs. $50). This does not apply to illegally parking in a disabled parking spot. If parking citations are more than 90 days past due, they will be submitted to collections.
In addition, there are no holiday exemptions for parking citations.
Updates will be posted if and when changes are made to this process. Please call the Court Clerk directly with any questions. Thank you!
All persons entering Town Hall / Municipal Court will be required to wear a face covering while in the building and follow all COVID-19 protocols, along with appropriate social distancing. Please maintain at least 6 feet of space between yourself and others.
The Town’s Municipal Court has jurisdiction over matters arising under the Home Rule Charter and the Town’s Ordinances. As provided under the Home Rule Charter, the Municipal Judge is appointed by the Town Council. According to the Town Charter, "there shall be a municipal court vested with exclusive original jurisdiction of all cases arising under the ordinances of the Town and may be conferred by law."
The Minturn Municipal Court is a court of record, and is presided over by Judge Erik Johnson. All questions, concerns or correspondence should be directed to the Court Clerk. The court convenes once per month, usually on the third Monday at 2:00pm.
|Cindy Krieg||Court Clerk||970-827-5645 x5|