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If you wish to plead not guilty and set your case for a trial, you must appear in court on your
. You cannot enter a plea by mail or by phone to set a case for trial. You will receive your trial date when you appear. Learn more about
during a trial.
If you elect to set your case for a trial by jury and are eligible for a jury trial, you usually have to return to court for a trial setting date. This allows time for you to complete the
written jury demand
and pay the $25 jury deposit as required by Colorado law.
On your trial setting date, the judge and prosecutor will confer with you about a trial date that is convenient for all involved. Only one jury trial is scheduled at a time and it will be scheduled for the whole day, usually on a Monday, Tuesday, or Friday.
If you are indigent and desire an attorney, the court, upon request in applicable cases, can appoint an attorney to represent you. If you are indigent and desire a jury trial, and are eligible for one, the court can waive the jury fee requirement.
What to Expect During a Trial
Either the prosecution or the defense (you) may choose to make an opening statement. An opening statement is not evidence but, rather, a statement about what you intend to present. The defense may choose to waive or make an opening statement prior to presenting your defense.
Evidence from the Prosecution
After opening statements, the prosecution will offer evidence. Evidence consists of the sworn testimony of the witnesses, the exhibits received in evidence and stipulated, admitted, or judicially noticed facts.
Evidence from the Defendant
After the prosecution’s evidence, the defendant may present evidence, but the defense is not required to do so. The prosecution must prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt; you do not have to prove your innocence or call any witnesses or introduce any evidence.
At times during the trial, the prosecution and the defense may make objections. It is the duty of a lawyer to object to evidence which he believes may not properly be offered and it is the right of the defendant to make objections to evidence, which you believe may not properly be offered. If the judge sustains an objection to a question, the witness may not answer it. If the judge overrules an objection, the witness must answer the question.
At the conclusion of the evidence, either the prosecution or the defense may make a closing statement if preferred. A closing statement is not evidence but, rather, a statement about what prosecution and defense each believe was proven or not proven by the evidence presented in your case.
Municipal Court Supervisor
7887 E. 60th Ave.
Commerce City, CO 80022
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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7887 E. 60th Ave. , Commerce City, CO 80022 Ph: 303-289-3600