Monday, July 28 is the last day for Second Judicial District Court felony criminal, drug, and juvenile matters to be heard at Denver’s City and County Building.
The Lindsey-Flanigan Courthouse, located at 520 W. Colfax Ave., will open for business on Tuesday, July 6, following the Independence Day holiday weekend. Named for two distinguished Colorado judges, the new $36 million justice center will house 29 spacious new courtrooms and offices for the district attorney, city attorney, clerks of court, public defender, probation, jury assembly, and jury commissioner, as well as temporary inmate holding for both adults and juveniles. An underground tunnel will connect the courthouse to the Van Cise-Simonet Detention Center, specifically designed for the safe transport of inmates between the detention center and courthouse.
During the week of the move, district and county court criminal and juvenile cases will be heard on an as-needed or emergency basis. The full docket resumes for all courts on July 6.
Of the new courthouse, Second Judicial District Chief Judge Robert S. Hyatt said:
“We are very pleased to be making the move to the new courthouse. The Lindsey-Flanigan complex stands as a modern symbol of the rule of law with its safety features and technological capabilities helping to ensure effective and efficient administration of justice.”
Matters to be heard at the Lindsey-Flanigan Courthouse include:
- Misdemeanors, such as DUI and third-degree assaults;
- Municipal ordinance violations, such as disturbing the peace, loitering, and domestic violence;
- Building and zoning code violations;
- Municipal ordinance violations committed by juveniles, such as petty theft, trespass, and curfew violations;
- Felonies through preliminary hearing;
- Felony criminal matters;
- Drug charges; and
- Juvenile matters.
Courtroom assignments are detailed here.
Matters heard at the Denver City and County Building after the July 6 move include:
- Traffic violations; and
- District court civil matters.
District court family matters are currently being heard at 303 W. Colfax, but will return to the City and County Building on August 16. County court civil (including protection orders) and small claims cases will still be heard at 1515 Cleveland Place, Fourth Floor. Parking violations will still be heard in the Parking Magistrate’s Office at 201 W. Colfax, First Floor.
The Lindsey-Flanigan Courthouse was once the former Rocky Mountain News building and was “deconstructed,” rather than demolished, a process utilizing recycled building materials in keeping with earth-friendly construction practices. It features many of the sustainability merits needed to qualify for the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) designation (still pending), including two “green” roofs, systems for efficient lighting and water usage, a naturally ventilated atrium, recyclable item collection, and bicycle storage.
The legal legacies of Judge Benjamin Barr Lindsey and Judge James C. Flanigan are commemorated in the naming of the new courthouse. Judge Lindsey is remembered for establishing the stand-alone juvenile court system in Denver and for fighting the rise of the Ku Klux Klan. Judge Flanigan was the first African American in Colorado to serve as deputy district attorney, Denver municipal court judge, and Denver District Court judge. The courthouse also features the Cisneros Jury Assembly Room, named after Judge Roger Cisneros, a Colorado State senator, WWII veteran, founder of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF), and the Latin American Research and Service Agency (LARASA). Though retired, Judge Cisneros remains active in legal and judicial activities.
(image source: City of Denver)