Municipal Court




Welcome to Cortez Municipal Court.  The 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. Municipal Court has jurisdiction over a variety of municipal ordinances including, but not limited to: 



Animal Protection



Disturbing the Peace

Indecent Exposure

Underage Consumption/Possession

Open Container

Intoxicated Pedestrian in Roadway

Land Use Code Enforcement

Resisting Arrest/Interfering with a Police Officer

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 handles the daily administrative duties of the court.  The Administrator is responsible for the recording of court, the court docket and maintaining accurate court records. 


Operating hours – Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

Court is held Monday morning.  Optional court is Wednesday and Friday.   

Trials to the Court are held on Monday at 1:30 p.m. and Jury Trials are scheduled as needed. 


Defendants may appear in person, by Webex or by phone – contact Court office for instructions. 

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 



                        Small Claims 



                        Felony Advisements 



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 


                       Dependency and Neglect 


                       Rule 120-Foreclosures 

                       Mental Health 


                       Felony Arraignments and Pleas 

                       Child Juvenile Delinquency