Public Access to Virtual Hearings#
Fort Collins Municipal Court holds virtual court hearings a few times each week. Not all scheduled hearings are held virtually. If you would like to view one of the scheduled virtual hearings, please contact the Court at email@example.com and request a zoom link. Thank you.
The jury trials scheduled for February 23rd and March 1st, 2024, have been CANCELED. You are no longer required to report for jury duty on those dates.
At this time, the jury trials scheduled for March 8th, March 15th, March 22nd, and March 29th, 2024, will be convened as scheduled.
Please be careful. If you were summonsed into the Larimer County Court system (also located in Fort Collins) for jury duty, please contact them directly for information on your service.
Court Contact Information#
Due to a small staff, the Court may not be able to always answer telephones during the Court's scheduled hearing dates and times. The best way to contact the Court is by email using firstname.lastname@example.org. We appreciate your understanding and patience.
Information on Court Closures, Weekend, Holiday Arraignment Dates#
If your Court date is a holiday, Saturday, Sunday, or the Court is closed for any reason, you are required to appear on the next business day the Court is open unless notified by the Court.
Assessed Fines and Fees#
Due to recent changes in Colorado State Law, all assessed fines and fees are due to the court immediately. If you are unable to pay the total amount due, you can complete a payment plan application. You must appear in-person either on your assigned hearing date and time or prior to your hearing to file this type of form/application. Please contact a court clerk by email using email@example.com if you have any questions or need further information.
Text Messaging Reminder Program#
Municipal Court has implemented a text messaging reminder program for the Court's general caseload cases. All defendants who opt in to receiving text messages from the Municipal Court will be sent a text reminding them of most upcoming hearing dates and times, payment due dates, payment plan payment reminders, probation meetings, and in the future, messages containing information when their case has closed.
Please consider opting into this program when you receive your initial text message from Municipal Court. Please contact the Court by email, firstname.lastname@example.org, if you have any questions regarding this program.
Municipal Court Hours and Entrance#
The Court's hours of operations, including the Camera Radar/Red Light Clerks' office, (excluding holidays) are as follows:
- Monday through Wednesday – 8:00 AM to 11:45 AM and 12:30 PM to 4:00 PM
- Thursday - 8:00 AM to 11:45 AM and 12:30 PM to 3:00 PM
- Friday - 8:00 AM until 4:00 PM
- The Court is closed for lunch, Monday through Thursday, from 11:45 AM to 12:30 PM
Customers must check in using the Court's kiosk system before the designated closing time for the day they report. Customers arriving after the designated closing time will be directed to return on another day. The entrance to the Municipal Court Clerks' office is at the north side of the building. All customers appearing for hearings or for walk-in customer service are required to enter the building using the north entrance and proceed through security screening.
Customers who need to speak with a Court Clerk and are not scheduled for a specific hearing time/date are encouraged to come in during the afternoon hours between 12:30 PM and 4:00 PM Monday through Wednesday, between 12:30 PM and 3:00 PM Thursday, or between 12:00 PM and 4:00 PM Friday, when the wait time will be reduced. We encourage you to email or e-file Motions or Court filings with the Court instead of filing them in person.
Hearing Schedule, Early Payment Discount, CRRL citations, Zoom Docket options#
Email is the preferred mode of communication and for filing any Motions with the Court. Please be sure that your message includes your name, date of birth, telephone number, mailing address, case or citation number, and your current court date. T
If you have received a payable traffic citation (fines/fees information will be listed directly above your scheduled arraignment date) Please note: your citation will not be available to pay online or by telephone using the Court's vendor nCourt until the Court receives your citation. Citations can take up to 10 days from the date of issue to be transferred to the Court. Please email the court if you have any question or are not able to locate your citation online.
Zoom Arraignments - Scheduled traffic arraignment dates are held by Zoom on Mondays-please email the court (email@example.com) 10 days after receiving your citation and request to appear by Zoom. Please verify your contact information (mailing address and telephone number) in your email.
- A clerk will email you your Zoom arraignment date/time and instructions along with a link to the session. Please read and follow these instructions carefully. Have your ID ready to show during the check-in process. You must appear on time for your scheduled date/time. You will be classified as failed to appear if you have not signed into the Zoom link at your scheduled time.
- In-Person Arraignments-if you are unable to appear for a TRAFFIC case during a Zoom arraignment, your case may be scheduled on or rescheduled to in-person arraignment date/time (Wednesday afternoon). This option, hearing, and process can take up to 3 hours. Please have your ID ready to show during the check-in process. When you appear, please use the NORTH ENTRANCE to the building (green metal railings) and proceed through security screening.
Information on appearing for your hearing:
- No backpacks, large bags, metal containers, weapons or items that can be used as weapons are allowed in the building. Please make arrangements to store your items prior to attending Court.
The preferred method of payment of any fines or costs due is by debt or credit card.
Information on an alternative option for some arraignment hearings:
- Arraignments held by Zoom may also be an option. Please email the requested information above if you would like to see if this is an option.
TRAFFIC AND PARKING CASES (other than Camera Radar/Red Light):
If you have a traffic infraction with an early settlement/payment discount offer on your citation, you may accept the offer and pay the citation without court costs by paying online at www.fcgov.com/tickets-fines within 20 days from the date of your violation. You can still pay the citation without appearing in court after the 20 days; however, you will not receive the point discount listed on your citation. Please review the instructions on your citation. Another option is the pay your violation by mail. The Court's mailing address is PO Box 580, Fort Collins, CO 80522. Payments can be made by calling (970) 658-4112 (wait times can be long as this is a third party national vendor payment line). You can drop your payment in the drop box located inside the building next to security. Please do so at least two days prior to your hearing.
CAMERA RADAR / RED LIGHT CASES:
The CRRL office is open for the same hours as the Court Clerks' Office (see above information). Walk-in customers must check-in using the Court's kiosk system before the designated closing time. Customers arriving after that time will need to come back on another day. For information on viewing a video of the incident, please refer to the citation you received in the mail. A Clerk will be available to respond to your emails and phone calls. Please call (970) 221-6867 during the listed business hours for the Court Clerks' Office. The preferred mode of communication is email. If you wish to file a motion on your case or pay your violation, please go online to www.fcgov.com/tickets-fines. Payments can also be made by calling (970) 658-4112.
COURT-APPOINTED DEFENSE COUNSEL:
If you are represented by Court-appointed Defense Counsel, contact your attorney regarding the status of your case.
PROBATION / The Right Track Program/ Restorative Traffic Circle:
If you are on probation and/or participating in the Right Track Program, or the Restorative Traffic Circle program and you have any questions, please call (970) 416-8003 to speak with the Probation Officer (Bernadette, Trevor, or Beth).
MOTIONS, FILINGS, COURT REQUESTS, PROOF OF CLASS OR COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS:
If you have a motion, filing, court request, proof of completion of a class or community service hours, the Court strongly encourages you to email it to Court@fcgov.com or mail it to the court:
Fort Collins Municipal Court
PO Box 580
Fort Collins, CO 80522
Again, email is preferred.
If you have a payment due (early settlement, payment plan, 7 day notice to pay, etc.), payment can be made:
- online through nCourt at fcgov.com/tickets-fines (preferred method), see message above
- by mail with check or certified funds, (use the PO box address above)
- call (970) 658-4112 (Mon-Fri, 6 AM-6 PM and Sat-Sun, 8 AM-12 PM)- this vendor is experiencing longer than usual wait times. Online payments are the fastest method.
All fines and fees assessed on cases are due immediately. If you need more time to pay, you will need to appear in person and complete a payment plan application. If you have concerns about your ability to pay your fines/costs without it causing hardship to you or your family, please appear in person and complete a petition of indigence form to see if you qualify for a waiver of fees and the option of completing useful public service in lieu of paying any fines assessed.
If you have an active warrant that you are trying to address, you are required to appear in-person at 8:00AM on a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday morning to be added to the docket. Individuals appearing after 8:30AM will be told to come back on another date.
The Fort Collins Municipal Court is responsible for administering the operation of the judicial branch of City government according to the ordinance adopted by City Council. Cases adjudicated in Municipal Court include traffic violations, misdemeanors, petty offenses, and civil infractions. Generally, cases are brought to Municipal Court by Fort Collins Police Services, Colorado State University Police Department, other City departments and private residents.
Chief Judge Jill Hueser
General Caseload Information#
The Court's offices are located in the City of Fort Collins' Administration Building on the north west corner of Laporte Ave. and Mason St., directly across the street from the North Transit Center.
If you have received a citation from one of the enforcement groups listed in the statement above and are scheduled for court, please use the NORTH ENTRANCE to the building to go through security screening prior to your hearing. The building opens for business at 8:00AM. Access to the building prior to its opening is not allowed.
Parking in the downtown area is very limited with some spaces only useable for short periods of time. The City's Civil Center Parking structure is located diagonally from the Administration Building on the south east corner of Laporte Ave. and Mason St. For your information, parking in the structure must be paid for when you park your vehicle, not when your vehicle leaves the structure. Court hearings in general last at least 2 hours and often last up to 4 hours depending on the number of cases scheduled. Please consider this when parking your vehicle.
Camera Radar/Red Light Clerk's Office Information#
The CRRL Clerk's office is located within the Municipal Court Clerks' office in the City of Fort Collins' Administration Building, 215 North Mason St. Please use the north entrance to the building. These citations are issued by Fort Collins Police Services and mailed directly to individuals. Please review the hours of operation and contact information listed on your summons and also listed above. The CRRL Clerk's telephone customer service hours are as follows:
- Mon-Wed and Fri, 8:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1:30-4:00 p.m.
- Thurs, 8:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.