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Chief Judge Order 20-03 on Court Operations Under COVID-19 Advisory - Emergency matters:

Excerpt from order above:

On March 25, 2020 Governor Polis issued a Stay at Home order, see Executive Order: Ordering Coloradans to Stay Home Due to the Presence of COVID-19 in the state effective March 26, 2020 through April 11, 2020.

            Therefore, after consultation with the Management Team of the 3rd Judicial District I am issuing the following Chief Judge Administrative Order.

            Pursuant to the authority granted in Chief Justice Directive 95-01 and Chief Justice Order issued March 16, 2020, it is hereby ORDERED as follows:

            Due to this crisis we can no longer maintain normal functions and will be operating on an emergency basis. The 3rd Judicial District will remain open at this time, Monday through Friday, 8 AM – 12 noon and 1 PM – 4 PM for essential functions (as explained below) with a reduced staff.

            All jury trials scheduled for March, April and May will be continued. There will be no jurors called for service during this time. Each individual Judge will meet with the prosecuting attorney and defense counsel to resolve.

            All court hearings that are currently set through May 15, 2020 will be continued for 60 days except for the following which will go forward as scheduled:

(1) Preliminary hearings unless Counsel contacts the Court to continue and to waive any time frames.

(2) All criminal motions hearings that are set for trial unless Counsel contacts the Court to continue and to waive any time frames to include jury trials which are already set.

(3)  All temporary or permanent protection order hearings to include TRPO and ERPO.

(4) All Criminal Procedure Rule 5 advisement for incarcerated persons and the initial setting of bail.

(5) Revocation hearings on complaints to revoke probation involving an incarcerated defendant;

(6) Proceedings necessary to protect the constitutional rights of criminal defendants including bond-related matters and plea agreements for incarcerated individuals.

(7) Detention hearings for juvenile delinquency cases.

(8) Emergency shelter hearings in Dependency and Neglect matters.

(9) Petitions for appointment of an emergency guardian and/or special conservator

(10) Hearings on motions to restrict parenting time and parental abduction prevention and other Emergency Domestic Relations cases.

(11) Emergency mental health proceedings. 

 

3-26-20 - Notice Regarding COVID-19 and Court and Probation Operations:

The Court and Probation Offices will remain open but, in the interest of public safety, court and probation operations will be limited through May 15, 2020 to essential court business only. Notices will be sent in cases that are rescheduled.

We understand there is concern about COVID-19 and the 3rd Judicial District is requesting that you:

DO NOT COME TO THE COURTHOUSES OR PROBATION if:

  1. you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 (“Novel Coronavirus”) and you have not received a subsequent test confirming that you are currently virus-free;
  2. you have been in direct contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 within the past fourteen days;
  3. you are experiencing a fever, cough, shortness of breath, or any other respiratory illness symptoms.

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) 738-1040
  • Trinidad – (719) 846-3316

Jury reporting:

If you have been summoned for jury duty in March, April or May, DO NOT REPORT. Any trials in March, April and May have been or will be postponed and notices will be sent via U.S. mail.

You may contact the appropriate Jury Commissioner to request a postponement to your jury service to a later date or check to see if you are to still report for jury service as scheduled if you are unsure or you haven’t heard from us yet. 

  • Walsenburg – 719-695-6506
  • Trinidad – 719-497-8204

Probation reporting:

Probation officers will be meeting with clients via telephone only. If you are scheduled to meet with the Probation Department and you haven't heard from us, please call your probation officer directly or 719-497-8268 for probation reception to re-schedule your appointment.

Collections & payments:

Collections intake and meetings will be conducted via telephone until further notice.  You may complete an application for payment plan and email to collections. Payments may be made online at https://www.courts.state.co.us/Courts/District/Collections.cfm?District_ID=3

At this time, we are no longer taking in person payments.  You may drop off payments in drop boxes in courthouse lobby's or pay online or in limited situations, we will take credit card payments over the phone.

Please contact the appropriate collections investigator to schedule appointments or set up payment plans:

  • Walsenburg

Kate Johnson

kathryn.johnson@judicial.state.co.us

719-695-6555

  • Trinidad – (719) 695-8242

Katerina DeHerrera

katerina.deherrera@judicial.state.co.us

(719) 695-8242

Family Court Facilitator:

Meetings with the family court facilitator will be conducted via telephone until further notice.  Please contact Bob Major at robert.major@judicial.state.co.us or (719) 695-6569

Pro se Court Filings:

The courts in the 3rd Judicial District will temporarily accept fax filings at (719) 738-1267 (Walsenburg) and (719) 497-8267 (Trinidad) for parties without an attorney.

Updates on court operations will be posted at (www.courts.state.co.us).

Until further notice, the court will permit persons to wear surgical masks and gloves in court and probation buildings if they so desire. Persons may also bring small plastic containers of hand sanitizer into court and probation buildings.

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.

 

3-16-20 - Aviso sobre el COVID-19 y la manera en que operarán el tribunal y las oficinas del Departamento de Libertad Condicional:

El tribunal y las oficinas del Departamento de Libertad Condicional permanecerán abiertos, pero en interés de la seguridad pública, todas las operaciones consideradas no indispensables se limitarán hasta el 31 de marzo de 2020. Se enviará una notificación en las causas que se programen para una fecha nueva.

Entendemos que hay muchas inquietudes acerca del COVID-19 y el 3.er Distrito Judicial solicita que 

NO VAYA AL TRIBUNAL NI AL DEPARTAMENTO DE LIBERTAD CONDICIONAL (PROBATION) si:

  1. recibió un diagnóstico positivo de COVID-19 ("nuevo coronavirus") y no se le ha realizado una prueba posterior que confirme que actualmente ya no lo tiene más;
  2. estuvo en contacto directo con alguien que recibió un diagnóstico positivo de COVID-19 dentro de los últimos catorce días;
  3. tiene fiebre, tos, dificultad para respirar o cualquier otro síntoma de enfermedades respiratorias.

Si alguno de estos tres criterios se aplica a su situación, llame a la Secretaría del Tribunal para reprogramar su cita de comparecencia en el tribunal o para solicitar que su comparecencia sea por teléfono si no lo representa un abogado. En el caso de tener un abogado comuníquese con el mismo para presentar una solicitud de aplazamiento o una comparecencia vía telefónica. Si se le envió un citatorio judicial para comparecer como testigo en una causa, comuníquese con el abogado o la parte que emite el citatorio judicial para explicar las circunstancias y analizar las diferentes opciones:

  • Walsenburg – (719) 738-1040
  • Trinidad – (719) 846-3316

Servicio de jurado:

NO SE PRESENTE EN EL TRIBUNAL si se le envió un citatorio judicial para presentarse en marzo a fin de cumplir las funciones de servicio de jurado. Se han aplazado todos los juicios originalmente programados para marzo y se enviarán notificaciones mediante el correo postal de los Estados Unidos.

Si su citatorio para cumplir las funciones de servicio de jurado es para abril o mayo, es posible que se cambie para una fecha posterior. Si se aplazó la fecha para su servicio de jurado, el personal del tribunal automáticamente le programará una fecha nueva y le enviarán una notificación mediante el correo postal de los Estados Unidos.

Puede comunicarse con el encargado del jurado correspondiente a fin de solicitar un aplazamiento en cuanto a su servicio de jurado para una fecha posterior. Si no está seguro si debe presentarse o no ha tenido noticias nuestras, llame para verificar si aún tiene que presentarse en la fecha programada. 

  • Walsenburg – 719-695-6506
  • Trinidad – 719-497-8204

Citas con el Departamento de Libertad Condicional:

Muy pronto, los oficiales de libertad condicional comenzarán a reunirse con los clientes por teléfono. Si tiene una cita programada con el Departamento de Libertad Condicional, llame directamente a su oficial de libertad condicional o al número principal del departamento al 719-497-8268 para programar una cita nueva.

Departamento de Cobranzas:

Las citas iniciales y las reuniones con el Departamento de Cobranzas se llevarán a cabo vía telefónica hasta nuevo aviso. Puede completar una solicitud para un plan de pagos y enviarla por correo electrónico al Departamento de Cobranzas. Puede hacer pagos en línea en: https://www.courts.state.co.us/Courts/District/Collections.cfm?District_ID=3

Póngase en contacto con el investigador de cobranzas correspondiente a fin de programar citas o fijar un plan de pagos:

  • Walsenburg

Kate Johnson

kathryn.johnson@judicial.state.co.us

719-695-6555

  • Trinidad – (719) 695-8242

Katerina DeHerrera

katerina.deherrera@judicial.state.co.us

(719) 695-8242

Facilitador del Tribunal de Causas de lo Familiar

Las reuniones con el facilitador del Tribunal de Causas de lo Familiar se llevarán a cabo vía telefónica hasta nuevo aviso. Póngase en contacto con Bob Major, ya sea por correo electrónico a:robert.major@judicial.state.co.us o por teléfono al (719) 695-6569.

Presentación en el Tribunal de causas de litigantes que se representan a sí mismos:

Para aquellas partes que no cuentan con la representación de un abogado, los tribunales del 3er Distrito Judicial temporalmente aceptarán que las causas se presenten vía fax al (719) 738-1267 (en Walsenburg) y al (719) 497-8267 (en Trinidad).

Todas las actualizaciones con respecto a las operaciones en los tribunales se publicarán en (www.courts.state.co.us).

Hasta nuevo aviso, el tribunal permitirá que las personas usen máscaras quirúrgicas y guantes en los tribunales y en los edificios del Departamento de Libertad Condicional si así lo desean. También pueden traer pequeños envases de plástico con gel desinfectante para manos a los edificios del tribunal y del Departamento de Libertad Condicional.

Se deben consultar con frecuencia las siguientes fuentes para estar al corriente de la información actualizada. Si presenta síntomas y considera que ha estado expuesto al virus, llame a un proveedor de atención médica.

  • Departamento de Salud del condado de Las Animas y Huerfano
    • Si tiene preguntas generales acerca del COVID-19, puede llamar a CO HELP al 303-389-1687 o al 1-877-462-2911. También puede enviar un correo electrónico a COHELP@RMPDC.org para obtener información en inglés, español, mandarín (???) y en otros idiomas.
  • Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDHPE, por sus siglas en inglés) (Departamento de Salud Pública y Medio Ambiente de Colorado)

 

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Huerfano County Courthouse
401 Main St.
Suite 304
Walsenburg, CO 81089
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719-738-1040
719-738-1267 (fax)

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Las Animas County Courthouse
200 E. 1st St.
Room 304
Trinidad, CO 81082
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719-846-3316
719-497-8267 (fax)

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PICTURES OF CONSTRUCTION IN PROGRESS: New Courthouse in Huerfano County.

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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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