El Paso and Teller County courts are still open and but are now operating on an emergency basis. Courthouse visitors have been restricted and many cases are now being rescheduled, although questions about specific court appearances should be directed to the division the case is assigned to. Division phone numbers can be accessed here. Jurors are still ordered to honor their summons but may submit a postponement request if they are experiencing symptoms or are at risk for serious illness.
The Colorado Supreme Court has ordered that certain cases and court proceedings may not be suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic. These include:
- Petitions for temporary civil protection orders and pennanent protection order hearings;
- Petitions for temporary emergency risk protection orders and hearings on emergency risk protection orders;
- Crim.P. 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; and
- Emergency mental health proceedings.
You can view the Chief Judge’s order in its entirety by clicking here.