Oct 16

[ARCHIVED] Meet Our Department: Municipal Court

The original item was published from October 16, 2020 9:14 AM to October 16, 2020 9:46 AM

Municipal Court

Main office and contact information:

Address: Parker Town Hall, 20120 E. Mainstreet
Phone: 303.805.3195
Municipal Court Webpage

Number of Employees: 3

Longest serving employee and years on staff: Sue Ratcliff, Court Administrator — 22 years; Judge Kevin Sidel — 20 years; Carolyn Sheridan, Court Clerk — 4 years

Department overview:
The Parker Municipal Court processes Town of Parker and Town of Foxfield misdemeanor and traffic offenses. The Court also processes court-ordered community service and classes.

How does this department impact daily life for Parker residents?
When someone receives a citation, it impacts more than just that individual person. Typically, when the person comes to Court, they will bring their support system or other witnesses.

What is the most common question received by this department and what is the answer?
What happens when I come to Court? We will explain the procedures when they appear. We cannot give legal advice.

What would residents be surprised to learn about this department?
That there has been a Teen Court in Parker since 2005. Teen Court is a community-based intervention/prevention program designed to provide an alternative response to the juvenile justice system for first-time, nonviolent, misdemeanor juvenile offenders, in which community youth determine appropriate sanctions for the offender.

The program holds youth offenders accountable and provides educational services to offenders and youth volunteers in an effort to promote long-term behavioral change that leads to enhanced public safety.

How can residents get involved with this department?
If volunteers are needed in Court or Teen Court the community will be notified. There are not openings at this time.

What else should residents know about this department?
Please call if you have any questions or concerns. We recognize that Court can be an intimidating experience and our goal is to get you successfully through the system!