Court Process

Court Process

Check-in

When you arrive at the court house, you will need to check-in at the court window.  You will give the Clerks your name and they will pull your case and put you in line to see the Judge.  The Clerks will give you an Advisement of Rights Form.

Advisement of Rights
Please review the Advisement of Rights form that the Clerks gives you.  Answer any questions on the Advisement of Rights and then sign, date, and put down your current mailing address. You will give the completed Advisement of Rights form to the clerks prior to you entering the court room. Once you have checked in and completed the paperwork, then you can enter the court room and take a seat.

PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CELL PHONES. NO HATS, FOOD OR BEVERAGES ARE ALLOWED IN THE COURTROOM

Pleas
The judge begins each court session with a general advisement of rights for the defendants. When your name is called, you will come forward and take a seat at the table in front of the judge. The judge will ask you how you plead to the charges indicated on your summons. You may enter one of the following pleas:

Guilty Plea
A guilty plea indicates that you admit guilt and do not wish to contest the charges against you. The judge will provide you with an opportunity to explain the circumstances concerning the charges. A guilty plea must be made intelligently and voluntarily, not as the result of any threats, coercion, or promises of leniency.

Nolo Contendere
A plea of Nolo Contendere (no contest) indicates that you do not admit that you are guilty, but that you will not contest the charges. The plea has the same legal effect as a guilty plea as far as all proceedings on the charges, including sentencing. The judge will provide you with the opportunity to explain the circumstances concerning the charges.

Not Guilty
A plea of not guilty indicates that you contest the charges and/or that you are requiring the Town to prove the charges against you. Upon a not guilty plea, the matter will be set for a Bench Trial, usually within a month, and the Town Attorney will be required to prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. If you fail to appear for a scheduled trial, a Bench Warrant may be issued for your arrest and an additional charge for failure to appear in court may be filed against you.  If you need to subpoena witnesses for your case, please go to the clerk’s office and obtain the appropriate paperwork.

Check Out Procedure After Court

Once you have been seen by the Judge, the Clerk will hand you paperwork before you leave the courtroom.  This paperwork explains what the Judge imposed on your case.  You need to take that paperwork to the court clerk’s office and proceed with the checkout of your case.  The checkout procedure may include scheduling another court date, making a payment, setting up a payment plan or obtaining further information concerning your case. 

 

It is extremely important that you check out after court!

 

Defendant Obligations
You have an obligation to the court to appear promptly and in a timely fashion and to maintain yourself in a quiet and orderly manner in the courtroom. This applies to any person or persons who accompany you. 



 

 

Contact Information

Kim Wisdom, Court Clerk                             Lauaralee Patton, Deputy Court Clerk

222 Grand Valley Way                                     222 Grand Valley Way

Parachute, CO 81635                                      Parachute, CO 81635

(970) 285-7630 ext 101                                   (970) 285-7630 ext 113

Fax: (970) 285-0292                                          Fax: (970) 285-0292

kwisdom@parachutecolorado.com                  sgoin@parachutecolorado.com

 

Parachute Municipal Court Hours of Operation

Court Clerk is available on Mondays and Tuesdays, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Deputy Court Clerk is available Monday-Thursday, 7:30 am – 6:00pm

 

Town of Parachute Prosecuting Attorney

Jeff Conklin

P.O. Box 2030

Glenwood Springs, CO  81602

(970) 945-2261