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Nederland Municipal Court

The Nederland Municipal Court adjudicates violations of the Town's municipal ordinances and the Model Traffic Code, as amended by the Nederland Municipal Code.

The Honorable David Thrower is the Presiding Judge.

Court Hours

The Nederland Municipal Court typically meets at 8:30am on the second Friday of each month at the Nederland Community Center.

Contact Info

Email -
Phone - (303) 258-3250
Mailing Address - P.O. Box 396, Nederland, CO 80466

2024 Court Schedule

January 12th
February 9th
March 8th
April 12th
May 17th
June 14th
July 12th
August 9th
September 13th
October 11th
November 8th
December 13th


Before Court

Most traffic violations carry a payable fine amount. This is a fine decided by the court. Sometimes this fine may be paid before the court date so that you do not have to appear. If the violation is payable, the officer will have indicated the fine amount next to the violation on your copy of the summons.

If you choose to pay the fine amount shown on your ticket, the payment legally establishes a guilty plea to the charge. The points that are associated with that charge will be reported to the Colorado Department of Revenue - Motor Vehicle Division. If your driver's license has been issued by another state and that state has an agreement with Colorado, they will also receive notification of the penalty points. If you receive too many penalty points, it will result in the loss of your driver's license.

If the officer wrote "court" where the fine amount should be, you have been directed to appear on your designated court date and time. Certain violations carry a mandatory minimum fine that cannot be reduced. Even though the points may be reduced on the original charge through a plea agreement with the City Prosecutor, the fine cannot be changed by the court.

An example of a violation that carries a mandatory fine is driving without insurance. Fine for speeding violations in school zones and construction zones are doubled and require a mandatory appearance in court.

Information on how to make a payment can be found below.

Your Court Appearance

The first time you appear in this court, you are typically offered an opportunity to speak with a prosecuting attorney prior to appearing before the judge.

In order to resolve the matter without a trial, the prosecutor may offer a plea agreement - a negotiated sentence in return for a plea of guilty. If this offer is made, you are not required to accept it. If you want to exercise your right to stand trial and require the prosecutor to prove the allegations beyond a reasonable doubt, the court will schedule a trial at a mutually agreeable later date.

Advisement of Rights

Trials are generally scheduled six weeks after the initial court appearance. You may enter a plea of not guilty and ask for a trial even if you think you might have committed the offense charged. The phrase "not guilty" is a legal term for saying "I want to exercise my constitutional rights and require the Prosecution Division to prove the charge beyond a reasonable doubt."

If you have been charged with failure to provide proof of the legally required insurance, you should bring proof of insurance with you to court. As a convenience, if insurance was properly in effect at the time the summons was issued, the compulsory insurance charge may be resolved with the court administrator any time before the scheduled appearance date.

A timely letter from the insurance agent including the agent's contact information is the preferred proof of insurance.

If you have proof of completion of a class or community service hours, you need not physically appear on your review date if you email or mail the documents BEFORE your court date.

If you have a motion, attorney entry, or other requests of the Court, you must file the motion, entry, or request in writing and submit it to the court in person, by US mail, or via email. A generic form is available to download here.

Police and court issued fees, fines, and tickets are set by State law or the Municipal Court judge. Town staff do not have the authority to alter or amend the amount of any police or court issued fee, fine, or ticket. Payments can be made online, by mail, or in person at Nederland Town Hall.

Online Payment Portal

Please make checks out to the Town of Nederland. Payments can be mailed to PO Box 396, Nederland, CO 80466. Payments made at Town Hall can only be done by check or cash.

If you cannot make a payment because of undue hardship, you must appear on your payment review date to discuss options with the judge.

If you have an active warrant that you are trying to address, please email or call the Court at (303) 258-3250 to discuss options for your case(s).

The Nederland Municipal Court may consider dismissal of a No Proof of Insurance Charge. For a dismissal to occur, the Municipal Court must be able to confirm the driver was insured in the specified vehicle on the date and time of the violation.

In addition, the Municipal Court will not accept an Insurance ID card after a No Proof of Insurance ticket has been issued. The court requires a detailed letter from the Insurance Agent/Company providing all of the following:

  • On company letterhead
  • Dated
  • Policy Number
  • Defendant's Name
  • Year, Make, and Model of vehicle
  • Statement of coverage for the defendant driving the specified vehicle on the date and time of the violation

This letter can be faxed to (303) 258-7519 or emailed to

Please call the Nederland Municipal Court at (303) 258-3250 with any questions.