COVID-19 COURT PROCESS UPDATE:
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.
In-person court sessions will resume in July (July 20th), with appropriate social distancing and other health and safety guidlines in place. If you have a citation with a June court date, please contact the court to make arrangements for an extension or to pay your citation.
For July or later court dates, defendants will be expected to appear on their required court date, if they have not already paid their citation or contacted the court to discuss a plea. If the defendant lives out of the area, or is ill, a plea by mail may be discussed with our prosecutor, though it will depend on the terms of the citation and is not a guarantee. Defendants who are ill or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, will be asked not to enter the courtroom.
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 will 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 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.
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 hand-washing 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 Terence Quinn. 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 at the Minturn Town Center, 302 Pine Street, Minturn, Colorado.