Keenesburg Municipal Court
140 South Main Street, Keenesburg, CO 80643
(Phone) 303-732-4281 (Fax) 303-732-0599
Business Hours: M-F 8 AM-4 PM
Please be aware that court is held at 140 S Main Street. If you need to file paperwork or pay a fine that is not during court, please visit our Town Hall Administration Building at 91 West Broadway Avenue.
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Commencing with the May 28, 2020 court session, the Keenesburg Municipal Court will be implementing processes and procedures to comply with Weld County’s latest “Safer-at-Work” guidelines. The Keenesburg Municipal Court is strictly enforcing these procedures to preserve the health and safety of all persons. Your health and safety are important and the Court is taking these steps to return to regular court functions in a way that preserves your health and safety as well as your legal rights.
If you have a fever, flu-like symptoms, have been tested as positive for Covid-19, have been exposed to the Covid-19 virus or have medical conditions that place you in a “High Risk” category relative to Covid-19, DO NOT COME TO COURT. Call the Court Clerk at 303-732-4281 to reschedule your court date, or to ask for assistance on procedures that will help you resolve your case without requiring you to appear in person if your case is eligible.
When you appear in person for any Court proceeding, the followings procedures will be strictly followed and enforced:
The flow of people in and out of the building will be controlled by the Court Clerk or a Police Officer at the front door of the Keenesburg Municipal Court building.
- No more than 5 members of the public will be present in the building at any one time. Court staff and Police staff are not included in the 5-person limit.
- Face masks should be worn at all times an individual is in the building or waiting to enter the building. Gloves are recommended, but not required. You will be required to sanitize your hands/gloves before entering the building.
- Social distancing is REQUIRED! Maintain a minimum of six (6) feet between yourself and all other non-household persons.
- When checking in, the Court will make every effort to serve everyone on a first-come, first-served basis. Please line up outside of the front door, maintaining the required 6-foot separation.
- Only the named Defendant will be allowed in the building. No family members or children may accompany the Defendant into the building.
- If you have an attorney, the attorney may accompany you. The attorney will count towards the 5-person limit.
- If you are a juvenile, your parents/guardians may accompany you, but the Court is encouraging appearance by only one (1) parent or guardian, as parents will count toward the 5-person limit.
- During the check-in process, the Court Clerk will wave you in and you will be provided a rights advisement form and a number. You will keep the rights advisement form, as there will be no exchange of any forms or papers in the building.
- The Town Prosecutor will meet with you, and you will be directed to her by the Court Clerk, based on your number and the 5-person limitation.
- After you have met with the Town Prosecutor you will be seen by the Judge. Social distancing will be observed inside the courtroom.
- If you are required to make a payment of any kind, you will be directed to the payment counter by the Court Clerk.
- If you have any concerns or questions, please contact Court Clerk immediately.
- You may request a one-time continuance over the phone by contacting the Court Clerk at the number above.
The Municipal Court has jurisdiction over violations within the town limits of Keenesburg for traffic cases, code enforcement, animal control, and other misdemeanor criminal matters. Other, more serious criminal matters are directed to Weld County Court.
Presiding Judge: Michelle R. Kline
Prosecution: Ausmus Law
Court Clerk: Christina Fernandez
APPEARING IN COURT
The Keenesburg Municipal Court is a very traditional and polite place. When appearing in Court you should act, dress and speak in a way that helps your case. Here are some tips:
- When you come to court, dress as professionally as possible. This means clothes that are neat and clean and without holes. You should be clean and neatly groomed. Tank tops, shorts, and flip-flop footwear are not acceptable. Hats are not to be worn in the courtroom.
- How you act is as important as how you look. You must be respectful to everyone within the courtroom. This includes the Judge, Court Staff, witnesses and people in the building.
- The Court has a very busy schedule, so you must be on time for the Judge. If you are late, your case may be postponed. Make sure you are prepared with all the court documents you need.
- The Judge cannot speak to you about your case except when your case is being heard. The Court Staff will help you in any way they can with information about when your hearing is scheduled or about your fine. However, the Court Staff cannot provide you legal advice or recommendations on what you should do.
- If you represent yourself in Court, you may want to get legal advice from a lawyer ahead of time to make sure you are doing the right thing.
- Please be prepared to make payment of fines and costs. The Court accepts cash, money order, check or card for payment of fines and costs. If you cannot pay in full, you may set up a payment plan for an additional $20.00 fee. An additional fee of $25.00 will be charged for all returned checks.
- Also, please be advised that you cannot smoke, chew tobacco products, eat, or drink in the courtroom. Cell phones must be placed on silent and kept quiet at all times.
- Weapons of any kind are prohibited at Town Hall or Court.
Subpoenas & Warrants:
A subpoena is a court order that requires a person to appear in court to give testimony or present documents and related articles to be produced as evidence at a hearing. If you have received a subpoena, follow the instructions; failure to appear on a subpoena is considered contempt of court and a warrant may be issued for your arrest.
Warrants: If you fail to appear on your court date or comply with the court's orders, the municipal court judge can issue a warrant for your arrest.
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