Municipal Court


The Cortez Municipal Court assists in the operation of the judicial system of Cortez by processing moving and parking traffic violations and misdemeanor charges which occur in the city limits. The Cortez Municipal Court has jurisdiction over a variety of municipal ordinances including, but not limited to:

  • Traffic
  • Parking
  • Animal Protection (Violations)
  • Shoplifting
  • Trespassing
  • Disturbing the Peace
  • Indecent Exposure
  • Underage Consumption/Possession
  • Open Container
  • Possession of Alcohol in the Park
  • Intoxicated Pedestrian In Roadway
  • Resisting Arrest/Interfering with Police Officer
  • Land Use Code Enforcement

The Cortez municipal court judge is appointed by city council. The municipal court clerk, serves as court administrator. The administrator and staff act as support to the municipal judge and handle the daily administrative duties of the court. The administrator is responsible for the recording of court and the court docket.

Court is held once a week on Monday mornings. In custody cases are handled first through video arraignments at 9 a.m. with the remainder of the docket to follow. Trials to the court and jury trials are scheduled as needed.

Other Courts in Area

Montezuma County combined Courts are located at 865 North Park Street Suite #100 Cortez, CO 81321. Montezuma County Combined Courts include District Court and County Court. Montezuma County Combined Courts can be reached at 970-565-1111. Case types handled by the Montezuma County Court Judge are as follows:

  • Civil matters under $15,000
  • Restraining Orders
  • Traffic
  • Infractions
  • Small Claims
  • Evictions
  • Misdemeanors
  • Felony Advertisements

Montezuma District Court can be reached at 970-565-1111. Case types handled by the Montezuma District Court Judge are as follows:

  • Civil Matters over $15,000
  • Restraining Orders
  • Adoption
  • Dependency and Neglect
  • Divorce
  • Rule 120-Foreclosures
  • Mental Health
  • Relinquishments
  • Felony Arraignments and Pleas
  • Child Juvenile Delinquency (heard in County Court building)