El Paso County courts closed to public except for ‘matters of immediate concern’

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The entrance of the El Paso County Terry R. Harris Judicial Complex on Tejon Street with the reflection of the Pioneers Museum in the background. (Gazette file photo)Carol Lawrence

The El Paso County courthouse is closed to the public through April 10, except for “matters of most immediate concern.”

Fourth Judicial District Judge William Bain issued new restrictions after further guidance from health officials to help stem the spread of COVID-19, according to an order that went into effect Friday.

All trials during the closure period are postponed, except for those involving speedy trial deadlines on or before April 17.

All in-person civil hearings, including trials, are also vacated and will be rescheduled.

Jury summonses with a return date of Friday through March 27 are lifted. Jurors with a summons return date on or after March 30 should monitor the court  website — courts.state.co.us/Courts/County/Index.cfm?County_ID=6  — for information.

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— The Clerk’s Office will be open 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday through Friday, except for legal holidays. During operating hours, the clerk’s office will only accept paper filings related to certain public safety matters, including petitions for restraining orders and emergency custody changes. All other filings should be mailed to courthouse or filed electronically through the state filing system.

— All in-person domestic relations hearings are canceled, except emergency motions to restrict parenting time and motions for abduction-prevention measures.

— Most out-of-custody defendants are prohibited from entering the courthouse during closure, except for certain crimes and certain hearings. In-person appearances are required for those charged with domestic violence, unlawful sexual contact, animal cruelty, driving under the influence and careless driving resulting in injury or death. https://gazette.com/news/el-paso-county-courts-closed-to-public-except-for-matters/article_3ce0ee14-6ad9-11ea-9bcb-8774ec94aee6.html

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