The Court System & Coronavirus
As things are changing rapidly due to the coronavirus outbreak, we want to keep you, our clients, abreast of developments with the Court as they may affect your case. Federal, state, and local governments have declared a state of emergency in response to the spread of COVID-19. Moreover, federal, state, and public health departments have issued advisements about measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 and precautions to reduce exposure to the virus.
On March 16, 2020, the Chief Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court, Nathan B. Coats suspended all criminal and civil jury trials scheduled between now and April 3, 2020 unless there are speedy trial constraints or if there are exigent circumstances. Locally, several of the Courts are expanding this closure of non-emergency hearings until May. Only very specific emergencies will be allowed during this time. Even then, the hearings will more than likely be by phone due to social distancing. The Court’s are not equipped to do video hearings. With these closures, we should expect that any case needing a court hearing will not be held until June or later We surmise that routine matters like estate administration will continue to move forward as judges will still be reviewing matters on the non-appearance docket. If we receive any notification regarding any changes to this or to any other court scheduling matter, we will advise you of that development.
Please contact us with any questions you may have and know that we will continue to move forward with any pending matters we have before the court. It is important to remember that your matter should not be put on hold even though there may be Court delays. We will continue to meet our court deadlines and check in with the Court and advise you regarding the status of your matter.