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Colorado Supreme Court revises Prohibition on Jury Calls to May 15, 2020

On March 20, 2020, Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan B. Coats announced an  Order Extending Prohibition on Jury Calls.

This order changes the prohibition on Jury Calls from April 3, 2020 from his previous order announced only days ago (below) to May 15, 2020.

The order reads:
"On March 16, 2020, I issued an Order Regarding COVID-19 and Operation of Colorado State Courts. In that Order, I suspended all jury calls in state courts through April 3, 2020, with the exception of jury calls for criminal trials facing imminent speedy trial deadlines. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, I am extending the prohibition on jury calls through May 15, 2020, again excepting cases with imminent speedy trial deadlines.
The other provisions of my March 16, 2020, Order remain in effect indefinitely."

The prior order from March 16, 2020 shows the prohibition deadline as April 3, 2020.
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Nathan B. Coats
Chief Justice, Colorado Supreme Court
 Monday, March 16, 2020

DENVER – Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan B. Coats announced today that he has entered an order regarding COVID-19 and the operation of Colorado’s courts.

The order suspends some court operations, specifically all jury calls in state courts, except for jury calls for criminal trials facing imminent speedy trial deadlines, and allows for the provision of other ongoing court operations.

The order suspends jury calls through April 3, 2020, at which time the need for ongoing measures will be evaluated.

 “While the timely administration of justice is the cornerstone of our judicial system, protection of public health and safety and the wellbeing of our judicial staff is of paramount importance,” Chief Justice Coats said. “We can no longer continue with normal business operations, but in the interest of all Coloradans we are also unable to cease operating entirely. Balancing those factors, I entered today’s order.”

The Courts otherwise remain open and will continue operations for matters including, but not limited to:

  • Petitions for temporary civil protection orders and permanent protection order hearings;
  • Petitions for temporary emergency risk protection orders and hearings on emergency risk protection orders;
  • Crim.P. Rule 5 advisement for incarcerated persons and the initial setting of bail;
  • Revocation hearings on complaints to revoke probation involving an incarcerated defendant;
  • Proceedings necessary to protect the constitutional rights of criminal defendants including bond-related matters and plea agreements for incarcerated individuals;
  • Detention hearings for juvenile delinquency cases;
  • Shelter hearings in dependency and neglect cases or other juvenile proceedings;
  • Petitions for appointment of an emergency guardian and/or special conservator;
  • Hearings on motions to restrict parenting time and parental abduction prevention; and
  • Emergency mental health proceedings.

Colorado is a unified court system with 22 Judicial Districts and 64 counties, each with unique populations, demographics and infrastructure. Each district has a Chief Judge who makes administrative decisions for the district. All information related to district decisions regarding COVID-19 and Court and Probation operations will be posted to the district’s Webpage. Links to all pages can be accessed here.

Those with docketed court appearances unsure about whether to appear for a hearing, are asked to contact the clerk of court at their courthouse.

EDITOR’S NOTE:

  • The following Judicial Districts have postponed operations through Wednesday, March 18, 2020:
    • 18th Judicial District (Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert and Lincoln counties)
    • 20th Judicial District (Boulder County)
    • 21st Judicial District (Mesa County)

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