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Golden Municipal Court

Types of Cases

The Golden Municipal Court handles the following types of cases:

  • Traffic infractions
  • Criminal citations
  • Municipal code violations

Court Ticket Information

Please review your citation carefully to ensure you know which jurisdiction it is in. Golden police officers write tickets to our court as well as Jefferson County Court.

On your citation, the assigned court date, courthouse, and location is usually towards the bottom. Golden Municipal Court citations begin with any of the following prefixes:

  • E000: Electronic ticket issued on a long narrow printout
  • GP: Full page handwritten carbon copy
  • GT: Full page handwritten carbon copy

Two Types of Citations

Review your ticket carefully to determine if it is a Payable Penalty Assessment or a Mandatory Court Summons.

Payable Penalty Assessment

A Payable Penalty Assessment means that you are able to plead guilty to a reduced violation and pay a fine.

To pay a ticket, you have the following options:

  • Pay in person during business hours M-F 8am-5pm. You can pay by credit card, check, money order, or cash.
  • Pay your citation online
  • Pay over the phone during business hours M-F 8am-5pm using a credit card (Discover, MasterCard, American Express, Visa).
  • Pay using the night drop box (check or money order only–NO cash) located to the left of the vestibule doors before the entrance of City Hall. Please attach a copy of the summons with the payment so we can match it to the correct citation.
  • Pay by mail by sending a check or money order to Golden Municipal Court. Please attach a copy of the summons with the payment so we can match it to the correct citation.

Mandatory Court Summons

A Mandatory Court Summons citation means you are required to appear in court at a specified date and time. If you receive a Mandatory Court Summons, please review the following, and visit our Appearing in Court page for additional important information:

  • Which Courthouse do I go to?: There are two (2) courthouses in Golden, but only one serves Golden Municipal Court cases–the other is for county citations. Review your ticket as outlined above. If you have determined your ticket is for the Golden Municipal Court, your court appearance will be in Golden City Hall located at 911 10th St., Golden, CO 80401.
  • Unable to appear on the scheduled date?: If you are unable to appear on the scheduled court date, call the Court at (303) 384-8006 to see if you are eligible to move the scheduled court date.
  • Missed your court date?: If you missed your scheduled court date, call the Court at (303) 384-8006 as soon as possible to see what action the Judge chose to take on your case.
  • Unable to complete court-ordered community service or class by the due date?: You should appear in court on the date the community service or class is due. You will need to speak with the prosecutor and Judge to request additional time to complete your court-ordered obligations.

Troubleshooting Common Problems

If you run into an issue taking care of your ticket, not paying is not a good option. You will make the problem much worse and you’ll end up paying more in the long run. Below are the most common issues people run into, and how to deal with them:

  • I received a ticket in Golden but I lost it. I don’t have a ticket number and I don’t know who to pay. How do I take care of it?
    • If your minor traffic ticket was within Golden city limits and you were pulled over by a City of Golden police officer, it’s probably a Golden Municipal Court citation. Check our online payment portal to see if there is a payable citation.
    • If your ticket was outside the city limits and/or you were ticketed by a sheriff’s deputy or highway patrol, you will need to contact the Jefferson County Courthouse about your citation.
    • If you are still uncertain, contact the Court at (303) 384-8006 or court@cityofgolden.net.
  • My fine is due soon but I am unable to pay it. How do I proceed?
    • Appear in court on the date the fine is due. You will need to speak with the prosecutor and Judge to request additional time to pay.

Please contact the Court at (303) 384-8006 or court@cityofgolden.net if you have any additional questions.

Failure to Pay a Ticket

If you fail to pay a payable citation prior to your assigned court date and time, the Judge will order a default judgment. This means you are found guilty of the original violation and the points reported to the State of Colorado DMV. The fine and fees are still due and if not paid within 90 days, will be turned over to collections and additional fees added.

Failure to Comply with Summons

Failing to appear in court as instructed can result in further legal consequences, such as arrest warrants, fines, or other penalties.

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