Municipal Court

Justice scales with gavel in front with a flag background.

The Municipal Court handles violations of the Lakewood Municipal Code. Lakewood Police agents also write citations into the Jefferson County Court. Please see ticket information below for additional details.

The majority of cases can be paid online. You can also use our online portal to search cases, request records and much more.

 The Lakewood Municipal Court and the Public Safety Center, 445 S. Allison Parkway, re-opened to the public on Monday, May 18.

See complete details(PDF, 1MB) regarding building entry and eligibility for online court cases, etc.

 

MUNICIPAL COURT CLOSURE

On March 16, 2020, the City of Lakewood expanded its efforts to protect residents and staff by moving to limited operations. This heightened response to the current Coronavirus Pandemic 2019 (COVID-19) means that Lakewood will continue to provide essential public safety and some other basic services, but other services will be limited or, in some cases, suspended. 

These actions support the state’s emergency declaration and the continued guidance by state and local health officials to limit in-person contact to aid in curtailing the spread of this virus. The city will continue to evaluate whether additional steps need to be taken and more limitations put in place. The Municipal Court re-opened on Monday, May 18th. Please continue to check back on this webpage for updated information regarding the status of the court’s closure and handling of cases.

Court staff on site will be available to take your phone calls for questions, to resolve your case or have it continued. You can call the court at 303-987-7400, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. If your call is forwarded to voicemail, it is due to the staff handling a large number of calls. When leaving a voicemail message, please speak slowly and clearly with your full name, date of birth, address, telephone number and the summons number of your case. You can also email the court at courts@lakewoodco.org  noting the same information above.

TRAFFIC AND PARKING CASES

If you have a pending traffic or parking ticket, you may call or email the court clerk at the above number or email address during the days and times listed to have your case resolved or continued.

If you have received a No Proof of Insurance summons, please send proof of your insurance (either for the violation date or current) in by email to prosecution@lakewoodco.org or by fax to 303-716-3762 (your insurance company may be able to do this for you). You MUST have the case number as well as defendant’s name and date of birth on all correspondence.

PAYMENTS DUE

Payments can still be made 1) online through the Lakewood Municipal Court website at municourtportal.lakewood.org2) over the phone by calling the court clerk, or 3) by United States Postal Service (USPS) mail. Phone or online payments are preferred.

You may receive a plea bargain that shows a point reduction and payment amount.  Payment will act as acceptance of the offer of a plea to a reduced charge. 

 ALL OTHER OUT-OF-CUSTODY CASES

If your case is not a traffic or parking ticket, please call or email the court at the above number or email address to have your case continued to another date when the court is reopened to the public. If you are on a surety bond, please contact your bondsman to have consent of surety faxed to 303-987-7447 or email the court at courts@lakewoodco.org on the same day you call to reset your case. Please give us your email and phone contact information so that we can keep your informed on the progress of your case. 

IN-CUSTODY CASES:

In-custody cases will be handled on a case-by-case basis with the goal of hearing all of them by telephone or electronically with the Jefferson County Jail at 1:15 p.m., Monday through Friday.

VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CASES

If you are a victim of domestic violence, please call 303-987-7191 (victim witness advocate) or 303-987-7450 (Municipal Prosecutors Office) with questions or concerns.

 PUBLIC DEFENDER REPRESENTATION

If you are represented by the Public Defender’s Office and need to speak to them regarding your case, please call 303-806-8886.

PROBATION

Probation scheduled appointments will be conducted by telephone at your scheduled time. For juvenile cases, parents or guardians need to be present by telephone as well. If you have any questions, please call 303-987-7440, to speak or leave a message with your probation officer.

MOTIONS, FILINGS, COURT REQUESTS, PROOF OF CLASS OR COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS

If you have a motion, proof of completion of a class or community service hours, or other correspondence for the court, you may email it to the court at courts@lakewoodco.org, fax it to 303-987-7447,  or it can be mailed to the Lakewood Municipal Court, 445 South Allison Parkway, Lakewood, CO 80226.  Electronic submissions are preferred and ALWAYS maintain a copy of whatever documents you are providing to the court if using the USPS mail.

ACTIVE WARRANT

If you have an active warrant, please call the court clerk at 303-987-7400, who will be able to discuss options for your case.  

JURY DUTY

Jurors scheduled for jury duty on April 24th, May 1st, May 8th, May 15th, May 22nd, and May 29th are excused. 

We appreciate your patience and understanding.

 

 

 

Payment Options

 

Criminal Tickets

The Municipal Court is a court of record that hears misdemeanor offenses of alleged city ordinance violations. A criminal ticket is a legal notice to the violator that they have been accused of violating a criminal law. Violators are required to sign criminal tickets at the time they are issued. Signing a ticket acknowledges receipt and the duty to appear in court and does not serve as an admission of guilt or agreement with the charge.

Adult Video Advisements: English  |  Spanish

Juvenile Video Advisements: English  |  Spanish

Traffic Tickets

The Municipal Court is a court of record that hears traffic offenses of alleged city ordinance violations. A ticket is a legal notice to the violator that they have been accused of violating a traffic law. Some violators are required to sign traffic tickets at the time they are issued. Signing a ticket acknowledges receipt and the duty to appear in court and does not serve as an admission of guilt or agreement with the charge. Some traffic violations carry criminal penalties, which will be handled in accordance with the criminal court process. These charges include, but are not limited to, no proof of insurance, speed contest, reckless driving, careless driving, and speeding 25 mph or more.

Traffic Video Advisements: English  |  Spanish

Proof of Insurance

Parking Tickets

Parking tickets are issued for violating city of Lakewood parking ordinances and do not carry penalty points on your driver’s license. The tickets, which are placed on the windshield of a vehicle, will cite the specific offense(s) violated, identify the amount(s) that must be paid and the date and location of the violation. 

Payment is due 30 calendar days from the date of violation, and it is a plea of guilty to the original charge(s). By paying the fine rather than appearing in court, you give up all legal rights to which you are entitled and your appearance will be waived. Instructions are on the back of the parking ticket and envelope. 

To contest a parking ticket, appear at the Violations Bureau counter at 8:15 a.m., Monday through Thursday.

Judge Anne Stavig - Division A

Anne Stavig was appointed Presiding Municipal Judge for the city of Lakewood in July 2008. She is a member of the Colorado Bar Association, the First Judicial Bar Association and is a Board Member of the Youth Drug and Alcohol Prevention Program. She also sits on the Board of the Jefferson County Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee and works on their Mental Health and Substance Abuse Subcommittee. She recently served three years as a board member for the Jefferson Center for Mental Health.  In addition, she is an active member and Past President of the Colorado Municipal Judges Association, an organization involved in criminal justice reform to promote fundamental fairness, positive interventions for criminal offenders and greater efficiency through collaboration among various jurisdictions and agencies. 

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Judge Nicole Bozarth- Division B

Nicole Bozarth was born and raised in Colorado. She graduated from Colorado State University in 2001 with a degree in Business Administration and received her Juris Doctorate from Drake University Law School in 2006. She was admitted to the Colorado bar in October 2006. In 2006, she began her legal career at the First Judicial District Attorney’s Office as a Deputy District Attorney. 

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Judge Corin Flannigan - Division C

Corin Flannigan is a Colorado native having grown up and attended schools in Greeley, Colorado.  After graduating from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, she attended Golden Gate University receiving her Juris Doctorate in 1996.  Upon returning to Colorado, Judge Flannigan clerked with the Honorable Timothy Fasing of the 18th Judicial District Court before joining the staff of the Adams County District Attorney’s Office in 1998.  Judge Flannigan worked as a Deputy D.A. and a Senior Deputy D.A. for eight years with the Adams County D.A.’s Office handling criminal cases at the misdemeanor, juvenile and felony levels.

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The Marshal Division consists of a chief marshal, five full-time marshals, and five part-time marshals. All marshals are sworn certified peace officers by the state of Colorado. The marshals are responsible for processing warrants, transporting prisoners, operating a security check point for all people who enter the Public Safety Building and for the general safety of people who have business with the court.

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Continuances

Requests for a continuance can be made in person, by email, fax or over the telephone prior to your court date. If you are under the age 18, in the majority of cases you will need to appear with a parent or legal guardian. The parent of a juvenile may continue the case without the juvenile’s presence when identification is provided. Attorneys requesting a continuance must file the appropriate motions with the court.

  • An arraignment may be continued one time for up to two weeks. Additional continuances, or continuances longer than two weeks, must be approved by a judge.  

  • To continue a trial, a waiver of the right to a speedy trial and an appearance before a judge may be required.

Public Defender

You may request a public defender at your arraignment.

  • You must be facing the possibility of jail time.

  • You must qualify financially. 

  • Financial documentation must be provided to the court at the time of application to determine financial eligibility.

Your Rights as a Defendant

Trial Information

The Probation Division supervises and monitors both juvenile and adult offenders. Probation officers assess each individual case, refer defendants to classes or counseling, make recommendations to the court and manage the case for a determined amount of time. The Probation Division manages all supervised deferred judgment, probation and community service cases. The Probation Division also offers programs for youth.

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Serving as a juror allows you to become more knowledgeable about your city, court and the law. Citizens who serve as jurors usually feel a sense of pride and respect for our justice system. 

The judges and staff of the Lakewood Municipal Court thank you for your service as a juror. Your service as a juror is respected and appreciated.

Jury trials are routinely set on Friday; however, they can be set on any weekday. Rarely will a jury trial last more than one day.

Appearances

Call 303-987-7427, after 3 p.m., on the afternoon before your appearance date to determine whether your juror number is listed within the range of numbers. 

If your number is listed, you must report to the Lakewood Municipal Court at 8 a.m., the next day. Failure to report for jury service will result in a Contempt of Court citation.

Occasionally, the status of jury trials changes after the scheduled call-in time. If you would like to verify that your juror status has not changed before appearing, please call after 5 p.m., on the afternoon before your appearance date.

Jurors are paid: $3 to appear for jury service; $6 to serve on a jury trial.

Potential jurors are subpoenaed for one trial. Once the jury trial is completed or if the trial is canceled the jury service ends.

Each Juror will be given a Juror Notebook(PDF, 138KB) outlining the trial procedures and expectations.

Excusals

Illness or being under a doctor's care is a valid reason to be excused from jury duty. A doctor's note must be provided to the court. 

If you are no longer a resident of the city of Lakewood, you must mail in or fax a copy of a current bill showing your name and new address. Your juror number must accompany this document.

Employment and child care are not considered valid reasons to be excused from jury service. A personal appearance before a municipal judge may be required. The court does not provide child care.

Excusal requests must be received at least two days before your service date. If you have additional questions, please contact the court immediately at 303-987-7407.

Reschedules

You may reschedule one time up to six months from your original jury service date.

In the event you are not available for service on the date for which you have been summoned, or you have a conflict, please notify the court immediately upon receiving your jury summons at 303-987-7407.

Rescheduling requests must be received two days before your service date.

Legal Qualifications

  • You are 18 years of age or older.

  • You reside at least 50% of the time in Lakewood, whether or not you are registered to vote.

  • You are a citizen of the United States.

  • You can read, speak and understand the English language.

  • You have not been selected and served as an impaneled juror in any court within the preceding 12 months, nor have you been scheduled for juror service within the next 12 months by another court. (Any person claiming this disqualification shall submit proof from the appropriate authority, verifying prior or pending service.)

  • You do not have sole responsibility for the daily care of a permanently disabled person living in the same household, where your juror service would cause substantial risk of injury to the health of the disabled person. Before you may be disqualified, you must submit a statement from a doctor to the jury commissioner immediately after receiving your summons.

  • You do not have a physical or mental disability that would affect your ability to serve as a juror. If you do, you must submit a statement from your doctor to the jury commissioner immediately after receiving your summons. 

By law, there are no economic, age-related or occupational exclusions from jury service.