Municipal Court

Contact Information

Walsenburg Municipal Court
525 S. Albert Avenue
Walsenburg, CO 81089

Tel: 719-738-1048

Court Hours and Location

Court is generally held at the Walsenburg City Hall on the fourth Tuesday at 1:00pm.

2020 Court Dates

July 20, 2020

August 17, 2020

September 21, 2020

October 19, 2020

November 23, 2020

December 21, 2020

Personnel

Joel Shults--Municipal Judge

Terry Martin -- Court Clerk

Notice

The information on this site pertains only to the Municipal Court for the City of Walsenburg. All court proceedings are governed by city ordinances, court rules and state statutes. Court employees are not allowed to give legal advice, but will be happy to answer any procedural questions.

Advisement

The Walsenburg Municipal Court informs you, the defendant, of the following rights:

  1. Right to continuance for good cause and bail;
  2. Right to make no statement, and that any statement made can and will be used against you;
  3. Right to counsel. You must notify this court immediately if you choose to seek counsel, and a continuance will be granted; you may request counsel if you cannot afford one for offenses whose sentence may include jail.
  4. Right to testify or not to testify on your own behalf;
  5. Right to a jury trial; if you wish to invoke your right to a jury trial, you must request same, in writing, within twenty-one (21) days of plea; you will have a jury of three to six members, and you shall tender a $25 fee to the Court Clerk.
  6. Right to Appeal;
  7. If you are convicted of a crime, you will face certain penalties imposed by the court such as jail time, probation, fines, etc.  Your conviction may also bring collateral consequences other than penalties imposed by the court.  For example, you may not be eligible for certain public benefits or housing, or impact your immigration status.   
  8. The Court shall not accept a plea of guilty or nolo contendere without first determining whether the you are serving in the United States Armed Forces or are a veteran. If you are a veteran you may be entitle to receive services.  
  9. The Court will not be bound by representations about penalties unless included in a formal plea agreement accepted by the Court. A plea must be voluntary & not result of undue influence or coercion. Any plea you make must have a basis in fact or a waiver of that basis.
  10. You have the right to have process issued by the court, without expense to the you, to compel the attendance of witnesses in your behalf.

The maximum sentence this Court may impose is a 90 day jail sentence, a $300 fine, or both. Not all ordinance violations include the possibility of a jail sentence.

Joel F. Shults
Judge, Municipal Court

Authority and Jurisdiction

The Walsenburg Municipal Court has jurisdiction over violations of City Ordinances. (CRS 13-10-104)This court handles Traffic, Parking, Animal, No Proof of Insurance, and Misdemeanor criminal offenses that have occurred within the Walsenburg city limits. The Municipal Court does not handle DUI or felony cases. These tickets are written into the County and District combined court.

Municipal Judge

The Municipal Court is presided over by a Municipal Judgeappointed by City Council for a two year termandmay be reappointed for a subsequent terms.A municipal judge may be removed during his term of office only for cause.

Juveniles

A parent or legal guardian must appear with juveniles on all cases.

Pay Your Fine

If your citation has a fine amount and surcharge listed, you may pay your citation early without a court appearance. The payment must be RECEIVED 3 days prior to your scheduled court appearance. Court costs will be assessed on cases where a defendant appears in court and is convicted or accepts a settlement.

By Mail
Make checks payable to City of Walsenburg and send to
Walsenburg Municipal Court
525 S. Albert Avenue
Walsenburg, CO 81089

In Person
525 S. Albert Avenue
Walsenburg, CO 81089
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

I lost my ticket. What do I do?

You may call the Walsenburg Municipal Court Clerk at 719-738-1048 to search for your case by last name or date of birth. If you received your ticket fewer than 10 days prior to your call the Courts may not have received your records yet.

What if I need time to pay my citation?

Fines and costs are due on the date that you either plead guilty or are found guilty after trial. In some cases the judge may grant a payment schedule – if the payment is not made by a the agreed upon date a warrant for arrest may issue and/or the DMV will revoke your driving privilege.

How do I act in court?

Court etiquette includes dressing appropriately for court. Do not eat or drink in the courtroom. There are no cell phones or pagers allowed in the courtroom. There may be other cases called before your case. Please be quiet and patient. If you are wearing a hat, please remove it in the courtroom. When the judge calls your name, step up to the podium. If you do not understand, be sure to tell the judge that you do not understand.