Restricted Public Access
Yesterday, March 19, 2020, the Governor issued an order limiting public gatherings to no more than 10 people. The Court is unable to meet this restriction with the current limited public access policy. Therefore, in its continued effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the Pueblo Municipal Court will be closed to the public from Monday, March 23, 2020 through Friday, April 24, 2020. The Court anticipates re-opening to the public on Monday, April 27, 2020.
Cases will still be handled in a fair, just and impartial manner during this time with the same high standards of accountability, integrity and equity. The court will remain in communication with the community. Please continue to check back on the court’s website for updated information regarding the status of the court’s closure and handling of cases.
All trials between March 23, 2020 and April 24, 2020 are vacated and will be rescheduled for 42 days. A new trial date will be mailed to the defendant and/or attorney at the addresses on file with the Court. If you do not receive a new trial date or have any questions, please call (719) 562-3810.
Speedy trial is tolled on all cases effective immediately and will recommence upon Order of the Court.
ALL ADULT ARRAIGNMENTS
All adult mandatory and non-mandatory arraignments (first appearances) for all charges are continued for 42 days as follows:
- 03/17/20 arraignments continued to 04/28/20
- 03/24/20 arraignments continued to 05/05/20
- 03/31/20 arraignments continued to 05/12/20
- 04/07/20 arraignments continued to 05/19/20
- 04/14/20 arraignments continued to 05/26/20
- 04/21/20 arraignments continued to 06/02/20
ALL JUVENILE ARRAIGNMENTS
All juvenile arraignments (first appearances) are continued for 42 days as follows:
- 03/25/20 arraignments continued to 05/06/20
- 04/01/20 arraignments continued to 05/13/20
- 04/08/20 arraignments continued to 05/20/20
- 04/15/20 arraignments continued to 05/27/20
- 04/22/20 arraignments continued to 06/03/20
RESOLUTION OF TRAFFIC INFRACTIONS, PARKING TICKETS AND OTHER NON-MANDATORY APPEARANCE CASES
Anyone with a non-mandatory arraignment date, may resolve their case by mail or on-line. To resolve your case by mail, call the Court at (719) 562-3810 and request plea paperwork. To resolve your case on-line, go to https://www.pueblo.us/687/Online-Payments. To resolve your case by mail or on-line, you must desire to enter a plea of “guilty” or “no contest” and pay your fine in full. Anyone desiring to plead “not guilty” or to enter into a payment agreement should appear on their new arraignment date as set forth above. Anyone with a non-mandatory arraignment date, may come into Municipal Court at any time between the date the Court reopens and their new arraignment date to resolve their case in person at the front counter. The public is encouraged to resolve their cases at their earliest possible convenience by phone, on-line, or in person to avoid long lines and wait times on their new arraignment dates.
All pre-trial conferences scheduled between March 23, 2020 and April 24, 2020 are continued for 42 days. Municipal Court will be mailing new court dates to the defendant’s address on file with the Court. You may contact the prosecuting attorney directly to discuss your case at (719) 553-2427.
All review hearings scheduled between March 23, 2020 and April 24, 2020 are continued for 42 days. Municipal Court will be mailing new hearing slips to the defendant’s address on file with the Court. If you do not receive notice of your new hearing date in the mail, please call the Court at (719) 562-3810.
If you are on probation, scheduled appointments will be conducted by telephone at your scheduled time. If you have any questions, please contact juvenile probation at (719) 562-3805 and adult probation at (719) 562-3815.
COMMUNITY SERVICE PROGRAMS
All Community Service Programs are suspended until April 27, 2020.
All warrants may be cleared by calling the Court at (719) 562-3810 and getting a new court date.
Payments can be made on-line at https://www.pueblo.us/687/Online-Payments, over the phone by calling the Court at (719) 562-3810, by U.S. Mail, or by dropping off in the drop box located in front of Municipal Court 200 S. Main Street. Payment plans may be extended by calling the court at (719) 562-3810.
Carla L. Sikes
Pueblo Municipal Court
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED:
The City of Pueblo Mayor Nicholas Gradisar, Governor of the State of Colorado, and President of the United States have all declared a State of Emergency. The Pueblo Municipal Court is closing the building to the public effective immediately and finds good cause to Order the following:
- Speedy trial will be tolled on all cases effective immediately and will recommence upon Order of the Court.
- Restitution will be reserved in all cases for 91 days. The 91-day period will begin upon disposition/resolution of the case.
- All active warrants may be cleared with a personal recognizance bond (PR bond) or by calling the Court and obtaining a new court date.
- The Court will take judicial notice of the Court docket, Defendant Information Forms, notes in the Court file and/or record to establish the identification of the defendant as the individual who received communication from the Court regarding any action taken on the case.
- This Order authorizes the Court Clerks to resolve traffic and parking tickets consistent with the parameters provided by the City Prosecutor’s Office and Court policy.
- The Order authorizes defendants to resolve on-line or via telephone all traffic infractions, parking tickets and all other tickets not requiring a mandatory appearance in court.
Dated and ordered this 20th day of March 2020.
BY THE COURT:
Carla L. Sikes, Presiding Judge
Pueblo Municipal Court