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Appearing in Court

If you have received a summons to appear in court for traffic or criminal citations, here is what you need to know about the process.

Please ensure you know which Court you are scheduled to attend. Municipal Court is held at Golden City Hall, 911 10th St. in Golden. County Court cases should contact the Jefferson County Court for information at (720) 772-2500 [en español (720) 772-2743].


Arraignment is your first appearance in front of a Judge.

  • You will have the chance to speak with the City Prosecutor.
  • You will be advised of the charge(s) against you and your rights in court.
  • The Judge will ensure you understand your options to proceed.
  • If you fail to appear and it’s a mandatory court appearance, the Judge could order a Show Cause Hearing or issue a warrant for your arrest.

Review Hearing

A review hearing is held when sentencing conditions are due such as community service or a class.

  • If you have not completed the court-ordered obligations prior to the review hearing, you are required to appear.
  • If you have not completed the court-ordered obligations and you fail to appear, the Judge could order a Show Cause Hearing or issue a warrant for your arrest.

Show Cause Hearing

If you fail to appear for an Arraignment or Review Hearing, the Judge could issue a Show Cause Hearing. This is your opportunity to explain to the Judge why you did not appear or why you failed to complete your court obligations.

  • You will receive notice in the mail of this hearing.
  • If you provide proof of completion prior to the Show Cause Hearing, the Show Cause court date will be vacated.
  • If you do not provide proof of completion and do not appear for the hearing, a bench warrant could be issued for your arrest.

Bond Hearing

  • If you fail to appear for a hearing and have a warrant issued for your arrest, you can come to the court and complete bond paperwork.
  • Alternatively, if you are arrested by the police department and taken to jail, the jail may complete the bond paperwork with you.
  • The bond paperwork will have a new court date for your appearance.
  • If you do not appear, another bench warrant will be issued for your arrest.

Juvenile Criminal & Traffic Cases

Persons under 18 years of age on the date of the violation are summoned to appear in court.

  • Colorado law requires that minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, unless declared by the court to be an emancipated minor pursuant to 42-4-1716(4)(a)(III).
  • Minors must appear with a parent or guardian even if becoming 18 years of age prior to the court date.
  • The court date shown on the front may be for arraignment only. If entering a plea of “not guilty” at that time, it may be necessary to return on another date for a trial or final hearing.
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