Municipal Court

WELCOME TO THE OFFICE OF THE MUNICIPAL COURT


Court House The Municipal Court handles violations of Fountain Municipal Code / Ordinances. Traffic and Criminal violations.  The Fountain Police Department also writes citations into El Paso County Combine Courts. Carefully, review your ticket for the Court information.  El Paso County Combined Courts are located at 270 S. Tejon, Colorado Springs, CO  (719) 452-5000 or www.gofourth.org.

Fountain Municipal Court is located in City Hall at 116 South Main Street, in downtown Fountain; two blocks East of Santa Fe (Highway 85) at the Corner of Ohio and Main Street (location info and map). The Council Chambers, Municipal Court, Violations Bureau and Clerk of Court's office is on the 2nd floor, west wing of City Hall. The Court is closed on all federal and local holidays. 

 


COURT CLERK'S OFFICE:

The Clerks office is open from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., Monday through Friday, closed on all Federal and local holidays.. The main Phone Number is (719)382-5561. The Clerks office can explain how the court works, reschedule hearings, answer questions on Court procedure and take money for fines and costs. The Clerk's office cannot give legal advice, fill out forms or tell you what to say or write. A copy of all City of Fountain ordinances, the State of Colorado Model Traffic Code and a Schedule of Fines are located in the clerk's office and are available to the public.

TRAFFIC COURT SESSIONS:

Traffic Court is scheduled every Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. closed on all Federal and Local holidays. The City Prosecutor does offer plea agreements / point reductions. The plea agreement / point reduction is available on your scheduled Court date after 9:00 a.m. for your review.  You may accept the plea offer or continue your case for further proceedings.

REGULAR COURT SESSIONS:

Municipal Court sessions are held on Thursdays except on Federal and Local holidays.  Arraignments and Bond Appearances start at 5:00 p.m., Hearings start at 5:30 p.m., Pre-Trials start at 4:00 p.m., Court and Jury Trials start at 6:00 p.m. 

COURT DATE CONTINUANCES

  • Continuances must be requested in person, at the Court Office / Violations Bureau, Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 4:00pm before the scheduled Court Date.
  • One continuance will be granted.
  • If a defendant is under 18 years of age, they 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 paperwork with the Court.

COURT RECORD REQUEST

    A minimum of three business days is required to process record request. Request must be picked up within 30 days or the record will be destroyed and a new request and payment will be necessary. Most court files are public record and may be viewed by anyone, however if you are not a party to the case the court is required to review the requested documents and remove (redact) protected information.  Record request forms may be picked up and turned into the Court Office / Violation Bureau. This form is a public record and will be retained for 2 years.

    Records request Fee:  $5.00 search fee per name on current system 
    Certified page:             $2.00 
    Archived records:         $25.00 search fee per name (1980 to 2006) 
    Non-party:                    $25.00 

PROOF OF INSURANCE

  • If you are charged with failure to comply with compulsory insurance, you must provide proof to the Court on your scheduled appearance date. 

  • A copy of your valid and current insurance card or policy is required. As well as, the insurance agent’s name and telephone number.

WARRANTS

  • Arrest / Bench warrants are issued for Failure to Appear or Failure to Comply with Court Orders or Conditions.
  • When an arrest / bench warrant is issued by the Judge a warrant fee of $ 100.00 is imposed.
  • Colorado law also requires this Court to notify the Department of Revenue, Motor Vehicle Division.  The DMV will revoke a driver’s license within any Interstate Compact States when an arrest / bench is issued. 
  • A bench warrant that is issued for a minor for any type of ticket will have their driver’s license suspended.

WARRANT RESOLUTION:
In some cases, you can clear an arrest / bench warrant without being arrested by appearing at the Court Clerk’s Office.

DRIVER'S LICENSE SUSPENSIONS

The State imposes a $30.00 fee in addition to any other warrant fees and costs that might apply.

  • If a person is licensed to drive by another State, the Colorado Department of Revenue will initiate license revocation proceedings in your home State.
  • If your license is revoked, additional fees will be incurred to reinstate your driver’s license.
  • The Court will clear a hold on a driver’s licenses once all fines and costs are paid.
  • The Court will give you a clearance letter to initiate the reinstatement process.
  • It is your responsibility to contact, the Colorado Department of Revenue, Division of Motor Vehicle at www.revenue.state.co.us or by phone 303-205-5613.  

PAYMENT INFORMATION

The Court accepts checks, cash, money orders, certified checks, Visa/Master credit or debit cards.

Fines
and costs are due in full upon sentencing.  Failure to pay fines and costs will result in additional fees imposed.

  • NO online payment services are available at this time.
  • Paying the fine instead of appearing in court, the defendant surrenders all his/her legal rights to which they are entitled.  Payment is a guilty plea to the offenses(s) charged.  Penalty points will be assessed against one’s driving record by the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV).  If the defendant does not wish to plead guilty, they should not pay the fine and appear at the scheduled court date.

PAYMENT BY PHONE:

  • The Court will accept payment by phone after a signed guilty plea or disposition of your case has been completed.
  • Payments may be made by credit card at (719) 382-5561, Monday through Friday (excluding holidays), 9:00am to 4:00pm.   

PAYMENT BY DROP BOX:

  • Defendants may come to the City of Fountain, City Hall Building at 116 S. Main Street and place a copy of the summons along with a check in a sealed envelope and deposit it into the drop box located at the east entrance of the building.

PAYMENT IN PERSON:

    Defendants may choose to pay in person at the Court Office / Violations Bureau window on the second floor of the City Hall building at 116 S. Main Street, Monday through Friday (excluding holidays), 9:00am to 4:00pm.

REQUEST FOR ADDITIONAL TIME TO PAY FINES AND COSTS:

  • If you cannot make full payment, you may request additional time to pay in person at the Court Office/ Violations Bureau.
  • An additional fee of $25.00 is applied to your fines and costs and the Court will grant a 30 day extension for payment.

MILITARY

If you are deploying, going to the field, training or have a permanent change of stations, please contact the Court for assistance at (719) 382-5561.