Bench Warrants and Bonds



A bench warrant is an arrest warrant issued by a Judge or court, most commonly when a defendant fails to appear at a scheduled court hearing or comply with court orders.  This is also known as failure to appear, or an FTA warrant. 


When a bench warrant is issued it gives law enforcement agencies the authority to detain the defendant and bring him/her to the detention center until seen by the Judge.

If a defendant has a bench warrant, he or she may appear in court on any Monday at 9:00 a.m. to resolve it. 






Arrests that are made where a defendant is served with an active bench warrant by law enforcement and taken into custody, he or she may bond out through the following options. 


  • Post bond through the Municipal Court office, located at City Hall, 123 Roger Smith Avenue, Cortez, Colorado 81321Phone (970)-565-7952 


  • Post bond at the Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office/Detention Center, located at 730 East Driscoll, Cortez, Colorado 81321. Phone (970)-565-8452. 


  • Post bond through a bail bondsman. 


Defendants are given a return date of the next scheduled court date.  Cortez Municipal Court is only held on Monday mornings, starting at 9:00 a.m.