March 23, 2019

Denver’s New Sobriety Court Opening Today

Today, Denver County Court is launching its new Sobriety Court. The problem-solving court will target repeat drunk drivers with a combination of supervision, treatment, and sanctions in an effort to improve public safety.

Denver’s Sobriety Court is designed to address the ongoing challenge of repeat alcohol offenders for whom traditional sentencing has not worked. It is estimated that there are more than two million impaired drivers with three or more DUI convictions in the United States, and that approximately twenty-percent of Denver’s DUI defendants each year are repeat offenders.

Denver County Court Judge Brian Campbell will preside over the Sobriety Court. Defendants participating in the new program will be tested on a regular basis for alcohol use and are required to appear in court weekly. Throughout the process, they will receive incentives for doing well and be penalized for noncompliance. Participants will also receive long-term, rigorous treatment designed to address core issues with repeat offenders.

A recent study found that repeat offenders who take part in a DUI court program are nineteen times less likely to drink and drive than those in traditional court, and are three times less likely to commit any other offense.  The study also found savings in time and money by getting impaired drivers under supervision and into treatment more quickly and using sanctions, including jail, more strategically.

Denver County Court Closed Two Days this Week

The Denver County Court will be closed Monday, March 28, in observance of the Cesar Chavez holiday, and Friday, April 1,  for a previously-announced, budget-required furlough day for City employees. Friday is the second of five planned furlough days this year.

The state-operated Denver District Court, Juvenile Court, and Probate Court will be open both days.

For a full list of City and County of Denver office closures, click here.

Hickenlooper Appoints Judge John Marcucci Presiding Judge of Denver County Court

Mayor John Hickenlooper announced his appointment of Judge John M. Marcucci as Presiding Judge of Denver County Court, effective January 1, 2011. Judge Mary A. Celeste has served as Presiding Judge since 2009.

The Presiding Judge is appointed annually by the Mayor and is responsible for coordinating activities and assignments of the other Denver County Court judges and magistrates, working with the court administrator planning for the court, and conducting preliminary hearings in homicide cases in the City and County of Denver. The Office of the Presiding Judge functions as a central information point for both internal and external customers of the court’s administrative services.

The Presiding Judge also serves as an ex-officio member of the Denver County Court Judicial Performance Commission, which reviews complaints against county court judges, and the Denver County Court Judicial Nomination Commission, which presents nominations to the Mayor of individuals for appointment to fill vacancies occurring on the bench of Denver County Court.

Judge Marcucci was appointed to the Denver County Court bench in 1990. Prior to his appointment, Judge Marcucci was a partner in a law firm specializing in criminal, bankruptcy, and civil cases. Over his 21 years on the bench, Judge Marcucci has been assigned to all the major divisions of the court, including felony preliminary hearings and advisements, traffic, state criminal, civil, and general sessions matters. Judge Marcucci received his law degree from the University of Denver College of Law.

Budget Shortfall Leads to Shuttering of Four Denver County Court Offices

Denver County Court’s four satellite offices around the city will permanently close as of November 1, due to budgetary and staffing shortages.

The four satellite offices to close are located at Bear Valley, Montbello, 44th & Lowell, and West Mississippi.

Ticket fines may be paid online for a variety of minor infractions. The court’s FAQ details the types of offenses eligible for online payment here.

Parties charged with offenses that require a court appearance or fees to be paid in person, or needing information not covered by the court’s FAQ, are urged to contact the appropriate court listed below:

Traffic Division

City and County Building

1437 Bannock Street, Room 109

Denver, CO  80202

(720) 865-7840

Criminal and General Sessions Divisions

Office of Clerk of Court

Lindsey-Flanigan Courthouse

520 W. Colfax Avenue Room 160

Denver, CO  80204

(720) 337-0410

Denver County Court Closed for Business on Friday, October 15

Denver County Court will be closed on Friday, October 15, for a mandatory furlough day.

Court business as usual will resume on Monday, October 18.