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  • 25 Mar 2020 10:34 AM | Kristi Dorr (Administrator)

    The CO Department of Health and the Environment hosts a page with the executive orders and public health orders released by the governor this month, as well as interpretations of the orders. 

    https://covid19.colorado.gov/public-health-executive-orders-explained

  • 23 Mar 2020 4:16 PM | Anonymous

    The Fourth Judicial District Chief Judge has ordered the front doors of the courthouse to be closed and locked at 2 pm.   All cases that may have been set at any time after 1:30pm, will ALL be moved to a 1:30 start time… i.e. a PTRD normally set at 2:30pm in Div 22, will now be set at 1:30pm.

    Public Doors close at 2 pm.

    Employee/Attorney doors close at 215 pm.

    If you are not in the building by the above times, to include telling your clients, victims, and witnesses to be in the building, they will be locked out.

    These restrictions will remain in effect further Order of the Chief Judge.


  • 19 Mar 2020 3:18 PM | Anonymous

    Given the current pandemic, Colorado Legal Services will no longer be taking in-person applications. However, applicants may apply by phone by calling (719) 471-0380, or online at applyonlinecls.org.

    If the legal issue isn't urgent, please ask applicants to call back after April 6th. Please let applicants know that our response time may be delayed. Our ability to provide full representation may also be limited, but we will do our best to continue to provide legal advice, information, and brief services to as many eligible applicants as possible.

    Colorado Legal Services is suspending all in person in-person outreach clinics, courthouse clinics, and walk-in applications, until at least April 6, 2020. Colorado Legal Services will review this decision and may continue or modify this decision, as circumstances warrant. I will send out email updates as they are available.

    Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to take steps to help reduce risk to applicants, clients, staff, and volunteers. 

  • 19 Mar 2020 10:04 AM | Anonymous

    The Colorado Springs Municipal Court is closed to the public effective Thursday, March 19th, until further notice.  Even though the court will be closed to the public, there will be staff available to take your phone calls to answer questions and to re-schedule court hearings by phone or email.  The court and probation departments provide important and essential services to the public, and it is our goal to provide service to the fullest extent possible. Please contact Municipal Court at (719) 385-5922 to speak with a clerk regarding your case. 

    If you have an appointment with Probation or a concern regarding probation due dates, please contact Probation at 719-385-5923 Monday through Friday during the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    If you have been scheduled for Jury duty, please contact the Jury Commissioner at 719-385-5926 Monday through Friday during the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    You may be able to resolve your case by mail disposition.  If you would like to pursue this option please visit https://coloradosprings.gov/municipal-court/webform/mail-disposition-form for additional information and to complete the mail disposition form.


  • 19 Mar 2020 9:53 AM | Anonymous

    Mountain Metro is experiencing a shortage of reporting bus drivers. Fixed route bus service reductions are being implemented at noon today as follows:

    • There are no cuts to the ADA Paratransit service
    • Eliminate Route #40 that goes to the north Pikes Peak Community College campus.  PPCC is closed.
    • Route #1 (South Academy to Downtown) will go from 15 minute to 30 minute frequency
    • Route #27 (Citadel to PPCC South Campus along Academy Blvd) will go from 15 minute frequency to 30 minute frequency

    Mountain Metropolitan Transit provides local fixed-route bus service and Metro Mobility ADA paratransit service for Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region. All buses use clean diesel technology and are wheelchair-lift equipped. Mountain Metropolitan Transit also provides other services such as Metro Rides’ ridesharing, vanpool, and bicycling programs. For added convenience, there are bike racks on all buses for riders who want to utilize the bike-n-bus program. For additional information regarding Mountain Metropolitan Transit please visit www.mmtransit.com(link is external)(link is external), or call (719) 385-RIDE (7433).


  • 16 Mar 2020 3:54 PM | Anonymous

    At this time, all of The Justice Center's in-person free legal clinics have been cancelled until further notice.

    Call A Lawyer will still be scheduled for every 3rd Thursday, from 7 - 9 pm. All volunteers will be remote. No one will serve at the actual office. 

    Please check back for updates on other remote clinics. A plan for continued remote legal advice is being created, and updates will be posted within the next week. We will continue to see a increased need for more remote volunteers. If you are interested, please let Britt Kwan, the Executive Director of The Justice Center, know. She can be reached at probono@elpasocountybar.org

  • 16 Mar 2020 2:56 PM | Anonymous

    Due to COVID-19, all bar-related in-person CLE, activities, meetings and events are canceled until further notice. We want to ensure the health and safety of our members, our staff, and the community at large. We are currently working to transition our CLE to an online format. 

    For the protection of our staff and in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19, the EPCBA and Justice Center offices are closed until further notice and all staff are working remotely. Staff are still answering phone lines and responding to emails. 


  • 15 Mar 2020 11:44 AM | Kristi Dorr (Administrator)


    We have been receiving questions from members of the Bar regarding precautions and plans for the El Paso County Courthouse due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. I'd like to share a brief update with you to share with the Association.

    Our team at the courthouse has been in daily contact with El Paso County and State Judicial to coordinate a response and prepare for local impacts on court operations. The most immediate changes were to increase the cleaning and sanitization of high traffic locations throughout the courthouse. Teams responsible for customer service areas at the courthouse are also sanitizing and ensuring prevention measures are in place. Although increased sanitization is an integral part of prevention, common sense personal measures (e.g., frequent handwashing with soap, avoid touching face, and social distancing) are still the best protection against transmission. In line with CFC and public health agency recommendations, we have instructed employees that are showing symptoms of respiratory illness to remain home.

    This week we modified juror reporting information to instruct jurors showing any symptoms of respiratory illness to request a postponement of their service. We are continuing to place a lot of emphasis on jury service, and we are considering plans to significantly reduce the number of jurors summoned and the number of jury trials scheduled for the foreseeable future. 

    On our website today, we announced additional information for litigants and visitors to the courthouse. We are asking those that are showing symptoms of an acute respiratory illness or those that meet requirements for self-quarantine to avoid the courthouse. Instructions are provided for how cases or matters can be addressed over the phone or by email. This will be an evolving process, and we will continue to keep this information current. You can view the notice by following the link below.

     https://www.courts.state.co.us/Courts/District/Index.cfm?District_ID=4

    We are working hard to balance the need to keep the doors of justice open, while also recognizing the importance of limiting close personal interactions to stop the spread of COVID-19. I expect that our daily court operations will continue to adapt as it may be necessary to shift our resources to support functions that must continue to take place. To the greatest extent possible, we will encourage telephonic or video appearances, when appropriate.

    We will continue to post updates regarding our response to COVID-19 and its impact on court operations on our website. I will also keep the El Paso County Bar Association informed of any significant changes to the status of the courthouse.

    Best regards,

    Scott Sosebee | Court Executive

    4th Judicial District

     719-452-5270

    scott.sosebee@judicial.state.co.us
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  • 16 Aug 2019 12:25 PM | Anonymous

    The El Paso County Bar Association will have a notary public on-site. Typical hours are Monday - Friday 9 am to 3 pm. However, due to the number of off-site meetings, please email Crystal Rayos to set up a time to come in.

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