3rd JD – Huerfano and Las Animas

No jury trials through August 2 (Chief Judge Order 2020-14, June 22).

Huerfano and Las Animas courts are using WebEx to conduct some court proceedings. Information on how to connect to the correct courtroom can be found here.

Masks and social distancing are required. The number of people allowed in the courtroom is limited by the number of people who can be in each physical space and still maintain a 6-foot social distancing requirement. Certain court offices may require gloves.

The updated order on reopening can be found here.

What if I have court in Walsenburg or Trinidad (Colorado)?

According to the 3rd Judicial Court website, parties are encouraged to hold electronic hearings when possible. However, the limited services orders issued during the summer have expired and in-person hearings for non-emergency proceedings started July 6. Probation is open.

So, if you have a court date and have not heard from your attorney or the court, the safest thing to do is to attempt to attend your court date.

The court is not admitting people who fall into four possible categories:

  • Diagnosed with COVID-19 without a later test confirming you are virus-free
  • In direct contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 14 days, and
  • Experiencing fever, cough, shortness of breath, or any other respiratory illness symptoms.
  • Anyone registering a fever of 100.3 or higher, if screening is performed by security.

There are also limits on the number of people allowed in the courtroom and who is allowed there, depending on the size of the courtroom and who is in there at the moment.

Which 3rd district courts are affected?

These rules apply to the Huerfano County Courthouse, 401 Main St. Suite 304, Walsenburg, CO 81089, and the Las Animas County Courthouse
200 E. 1st St. Room 304, Trinidad, CO 81082.