The right to a trial by jury is provided in both the United States and State of Colorado constitutions. Jury service was established as a check on the exercise of governmental power and dates back to 1215 and the Magna Carta. If you are summoned, it is because there are pending cases in the City of Arvada for which jury trials have been scheduled. Serving on a jury is an opportunity to participate directly in our democracy.
If You Receive a Juror Summons
If you receive a Juror Summons in the mail from the Arvada Municipal Court, you are required to:
- Call 720-898-7151 between 3 and 5 pm the day before the appearance listed on the summons to learn:
- If your service is required, please report to the Municipal Court at 8101 Ralston Road. Upon arriving at the court, please check in with the court clerk.
- If your service is not required, you will be excused from Juror Service.
The length of a jury trial in the Municipal Court is typically one day; it is rare, but possible, that a case may last longer.
Requesting Disqualification from Juror Service
You are disqualified from serving as a Juror in Arvada Municipal Court if one or more of the following apply:
- You are no longer a resident of Arvada.
- You are not a citizen of the United States.
- You cannot read, speak and / or understand the English language.
Please notify us of the reason you do not qualify for Juror Service within 7 days of receiving your summons. If you no longer reside in Arvada, you will be required to fax to 720-898-7164 or email your latest utility bill showing your name and new address.
Requesting to Be Excused from Juror Service
If you cannot appear because...
- You are ill or injured, your doctor must provide written notice.
- You are scheduled to be out of town, you must provide proof in the form of a travel itinerary, airline tickets or leave request from work.
Proof of excusable absence can be faxed to the Arvada Municipal Court at 720-898-7164 or emailed.
- Why was I summoned for jury service?
The right to a trial by jury is provided for in both the U.S. and Colorado Constitutions. Jury Service was established as a check on the exercise of governmental power. You have been summoned because there are pending cases in the City of Arvada for which jury trials have been scheduled.
- How long will I have to serve?
Because you have been selected for a trial, you are obligated to serve for the length of this trial. The majority of trials in the City of Arvada are completed in one day.
- What types of cases are heard in the Arvada Municipal Court?
Our court hears cases of alleged violations of the Arvada City Ordinances. These cases may be criminal, traffic, animal control, or zoning cases.
- Will I be paid for my jury service?
Yes. City Ordinance sets the rate at which you will be paid. Currently, you will receive a $6.00 reporting fee. If you are sworn to hear a case, you will receive $12.00 a day. The office o the Municipal Court will make payment immediately.
- Will my employer let me off work for jury service?
Your employer should excuse you from work if you show your employer the jury summons. In fact, by State law, your employer cannot prevent you from service as a juror by threatening you with any adverse action, including termination. Anyone who tries to prevent you from serving as a juror can be charged with a crime and can be sued, with the law allowing treble damages and reasonable attorney fees to the juror upon a finding of willful misconduct by an employer. If you have any questions, notify the court clerk.
- What if I get sick or have an emergency during the trial?
If you get sick or have an emergency prior to reporting to the courthouse, contact the office of the Municipal Court immediately. If you get sick, or have an emergency at home during a trial, advise the court clerk immediately. You will then be told what to do about jury service.
- What clothes should I wear to Court?
Wear clothes which reflect the seriousness of your jury service. Remember that it is part of your responsibility to maintain the dignity of the courtroom. Casual business attire is appropriate.
- Where is the Arvada Municipal Court located?
The Court is located in Arvada's City Hall building between Wadsworth and Kipling on Ralston Road. The cross street is Ammons. The building is brown brick with red trim. The door that faces Ralston Road has Council Chambers & Municipal Court written above.
- Where do I park?
You may park in the front parking lot or the north parking lot, sown the hill, north of Arvada's City Hall.