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Face Coverings:

               Effective immediately all persons entering the courtrooms in both counties are required to wear a facial covering. Anyone without a mask will be asked to put one on and if anyone refuses to, they will be asked to leave the courtroom, unless medical documentation is provided as to prohibition of a facial covering.

Each individual judicial officer may permit the removal of masks for Counsel and others who are addressing the Court as well as the removal of masks for jurors, once a jury is sat on a case by case basis.

A. Jury Trials

The Courts in both counties have developed safety precautions in order to go forward with jury trials. Currently, all courts are proceeding with jury trials which include a COVID screen prior to jury selection. All courts have been fitted with plexiglass and will continue to maintain 3 feet of social distancing.  

B. Court Operations and Authorization for Remote Proceedings

  1. The 3rd Judicial District Courts and Probation continues to remain open, Monday through Friday, 8 AM t0 12 noon and 1 PM – 4 PM. with full staff capabilities.

  2. All courtrooms have been conducting court hearings through a hybrid of WebEx and in person hearings. At this time cases per Criminal procedure Rule Crim.P. 43 (f) may be held by WebEx in the discretion of the judicial officer. Cases to be held by WebEx with permission of attorney and/or defendant may be held via WebEx on request of counsel or parties and with permission of the Court.

C. Limitations on Entry to Facilities:

Persons who meet any of the following criteria are PROHIBITED from entering either courthouse and instead should call the court to reschedule their court date, request to appear by phone, or receive further instructions:

a) Persons who have been diagnosed or tested positive for COVID 19 and are still experiencing symptoms and/or are within the 14-day quarantine time period.

b) All persons are required to submit to health screening completed at the front door of each courthouse

c) If a party to a case is unable to appear due to COVID issues they will be required to submit medical documentation in order to avoid an arrest warrant being issued for their failure to appear.

Protocol for In-Person Proceedings

a. All in person proceedings shall be limited to the number of persons in each courtroom to maintain 3 feet of social distancing in compliance with the local Health Department guidelines and may be subject to change if those guidelines are modified or additional guidelines are instituted by future orders of the Governor and health department.

b. In individual cases, the presiding Judge has the authority to enter orders to address issues specific to the needs of the case, so long as those orders are not less restrictive than the mandatory procedures for all cases set forth in this Order or in the Chief Justice’s Orders of March 16, 2020, March 20, 2020, April 16, 2020, May 5, 2020, and July 1, 2021.

c. All parties are encouraged to maximize the use of electronic means to permit the remote appearance of counsel, parties, witnesses, and other persons interested in the proceeding, even during in-person hearings, subject to the orders of the judicial officer.

d. Social Distancing: Social distancing of three feet shall be maintained with respect to all in-person activities within the courtrooms.

e. Bond Forfeitures: There will be no automatic stay of professional bond forfeitures.

 


 

Limitations on Entry to Facilities:

1. Persons who meet any of the following criteria are PROHIBITED from entering either courthouse and instead should call the court to reschedule their court date, request to appear by phone, or receive further instructions:

  • Anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 and that does not have written verification that the person has received a subsequent test confirming that person is currently virus-free;
  • Anyone who has been in direct contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 within the preceding fourteen days;
  • Anyone experiencing a fever, cough, shortness of breath, any other respiratory illness or flu-like symptoms
  • Anyone who screens in with temperature above 100.3 degrees, if testing is done at security.

2. If any of these three criteria apply, please call the appropriate Clerk’s Office to reschedule your court date or request to appear by telephone if you are not represented by an attorney or contact your attorney to file a request for a continuance or a telephone appearance. If you are subpoenaed as a witness in a case, please contact the attorney or party issuing the subpoena to explain the circumstances and discuss the options:

  • Walsenburg – (719) 793-7100
  • Trinidad – (719) 846-3316
     

 

 


Juvenile Detentions

Chief Judge Order 20-08 - Regarding Juvenile Detentions during COVID-19 Operations



 


Victim Assistance
For Victim Assistance, Useful Public Service questions or if you are unable to reach your probation officer please contact probation reception in your location to reschedule your appointment at:

  • Walsenburg -  (719) 793-7117
  • Trinidad -   (719) 497-8268 

 


Family Court Facilitator:

Please contact Bob Major at robert.major@judicial.state.co.us or (719) 793-7118
 


Self-Help Center

• General Legal information
• Assistance with court-forms
• Questions about getting ready for a virtual WebEx hearing
• Preparing for a hearing

We are available to assist self-represented litigants via email, telephone, video conference,  if needed in-person.
 Please contact:
Huerfano County:    Kate Johnson   kathryn.johnson@judicial.state.co.us   (719) 793-7113

Las Animas County: Susanne van der Meer
susanne.vandermeer@judicial.state.co.us (719) 497-8282


Court Filings:

Starting July 1st email filings will no longer be accepted.

Filings can be done in-person or via regular mail:

Huerfano County Combined Courts
200 W. 5th St
Suite 141
Walsenburg CO 81089

Huerfano County Probation Department
200 W. 5th St
Suite 121
Walsenburg CO 81089

Las Animas County
200 E. 1st St.
Room 304
Trinidad CO 81082

 


The following sources should be frequently consulted to determine the most current information. If you have symptoms and think you have been exposed, call a health care provider.

  • Las Animas & Huerfano County Health Department:
    • If you have general questions about COVID-19, you can call CO HELP at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911. You can also email COHELP@RMPDC.org for answers in English and Spanish (Español), Mandarin (???), and more.

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Picture of Huerfano County Judicial Center
Huerfano County Judicial Center
200 West 5th Street
Suite 141
Walsenburg, CO 81089
Directions/Map

719-793-7100
719-793-5717 (fax)

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Las Animas County Courthouse
200 E. 1st St.
Room 304
Trinidad, CO 81082
Directions/Map

719-846-3316
719-497-8267 (fax)

View hours and other information
County Courts
Huerfano County Las Animas County

Special Announcements

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SELF-HELP Information

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COVID RESOURCES

Housing, Rent, Mortgage Assistance State of Colorado

Restorative Justice Colorado has gathered a broad overview of supportive tools and resources for parenting, general well-being, and mental health.

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FIND HERE:
RECORDINGS OF SPECIAL EVENTS FOR LEGAL RESOURCE WEEK ON TUESDAY OCTOBER 27, 2020

1. CONSUMER BANKRUPTCY LAW


2. LEGAL OPTIONS FOR RELATIVES RAISING CHILDREN
 

 

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Huerfano County Court Civil Return Dates are held on Thursdays at 10:00 a.m.

Las Animas County Court Civil Return Dates are held on Monday thru Friday at 10:30 a.m.

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Please note that both Las Animas County & Huerfano County do NOT accept fax filings.

 

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