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Catherine Mitchell Helton - 4th Judicial District Judge

Judicial Assistant Info:

  • Stacey (719)-452-5177

  • Stephanie (719)-452-5178

Courtroom Info:

  • Room W250 – second floor of the West Tower

Docket Mix:

  • District Civil (CV), District Domestic Relations (DR)

CIVIL

Civil settings are held Wednesdays at 8:30 am parties are to contact the division’s main line 719-452-5177. If parties fail to call the Court on the day of the setting, a new notice to set must be filed. Parties are only given the grace period of the day of setting to call otherwise a DPO will be issued by the Court. Due to the high volume of settings only the party that filed the notice should contact the Court Clerk. Once the Court Clerk has given dates to the filing party they must then confer with the other side and file a notice.

The clerk will not give dates for any court proceedings without a prior notice. A notice to set must be filed at least 7 days prior to the setting date. The only exception to this rule is if the parties have a discovery dispute and are requesting a telephonic status conference with the Judge.

The parties and counsel shall work diligently and cooperatively to resolve issues regarding discovery between themselves. If no resolution can be reached after all efforts to do so have been exhausted, counsel shall not file a motion but shall instead call the Division 23 clerk and set a short status conference, at which time the Court will resolve the disputed issues. Out-of-town counsel may appear by telephone; in-town counsel are expected to appear in person (except as otherwise directed due to COVID-19 restrictions).

No later than 3 business days before the status conference, the attorney who set the conference shall submit a short notice describing the disputed issues, to which they may attach a small number of relevant documents. No later than 2 business days before the status conference, the other attorney shall submit a short response.

CIVIL CASE MANAGEMENT CONFERENCES

Parties will receive dates for the case management conference, pretrial conference, and trial at the initial setting date. The Case Management Conference (CMCF) may be vacated if certain conditions are met. If there are discovery disputes or if the parties disagree on the CMO the CMCF date will not be vacated. Once the CMCF is set and parties wish to vacate they must do the following:

  1. File the stipulated Case Management Order with the Court.

  2. Parties must agree upon the pretrial readiness conference and trail dates.

  3. Clearly and boldly state at the top of the stipulated CMO that they have agreed to vacate the Case Management Conference.

TRIAL AND PRETRIAL READINESS

Jury trials will start on Monday or Tuesday, depending on the length of the trial. Jury trials will begin at 9:00 am each day with a lunch break from 12:00 to 1:30 pm. A Pretrial Readiness Conference will be scheduled one month in advance of the trial. This a mandatory date where lead attorneys must appear in person (unless otherwise directed due to COVID-19 restrictions).

Domestic

As required by rule, meaningful conferral between parties is required before a disputed motion may be filed with the Court.  An unreturned voicemail or email is not meaningful conferral.  If it is not evident from a motion filed with the Court that meaningful conferral occurred prior to the motion being filed, the motion will be denied for that reason.

Domestic settings are held Mondays at 8:30 am, parties are to contact the division’s main line 719-452-5177. A notice to set must be filed at least 7 days prior to the setting date. Mediation must be scheduled prior to a setting on all matters whether they are pre or post decree. The only exception is in emergency matters, which must be deemed an emergency by the Court not by the parties. The clerk will not give dates for any court proceedings without a prior notice absent a court order.

If both parties are unrepresented: the Court Clerk will conference both parties, give dates, and file the notice of the hearing. If either fails to answer the phone, they forfeit the opportunity to choose the dates and times for hearings.

If only one party is represented: the attorney’s office should call the Court Clerk, the Court Clerk will conference the unrepresented party, give dates, and the attorney will file notice of hearings. If either party fails to answer the phone, they forfeit the opportunity to choose the dates and times for hearings.

If both parties are represented: the party who filed, the notice should contact the Court Clerk. The Court Clerk will give dates and the filing party must confer with the other side. The filing party must then email the Court Clerk at D04_Courts_Div23@judicial.state.co.us with the chosen dates prior to filing the notice. If both attorneys wish to be present for the setting, they can conference each other into the call.

If parties fail to call the Court on the day of the setting, a new notice to set must be filed. Parties are only given the grace period of the day of setting to call, otherwise a DPO will be issued by the Court. ONLY ONE VOICEMAIL should be left with the Court, due to the high volume of calls the filing party is not to call the Court Clerk multiple times. Call once and leave one voicemail. The Court Clerk will get back to the caller as soon as they are able.



More Information

Division: 23

Phone: 719-452-5177
D04_Courts_Div23@judicial.state.co.us
270 S Tejon
Colorado Springs CO 80903
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