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Posted on: October 25, 2018

Jeffco Sheriff’s Office Introduces eCourt Notification

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Beginning Monday, October 29, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office will implement an electronic notification system for individuals with an impending district criminal, misdemeanor, or traffic court date in an effort to reduce missed court appearances and subsequent Failure to Appear (FTA) warrants. Jefferson County is one of the first jurisdictions in the state to utilize an eCourt notification system; currently, reminders are manually provided only for traffic court dates. The JCSO will administer the program through a partnership with the State Court Administrator’s Office, which provides the necessary contact information to the Sheriff’s Office for individuals with an upcoming court appearance. 


After an individual is assigned a court date, he or she will receive an initial text or email alert from eCourtDate.com informing them that they have been entered into the electronic notification system. Then they will receive reminder notifications seven and two days prior to their court date, as well as on their court date. Court administrators who utilize the system around the country have noticed an 11 – 15% decrease in missed court appearances.


Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Shrader explains how “this benefits the Sheriff’s Office and our community because it will reduce the number of warrants issued for individuals failing to appear for court. Court records indicate an average of 500 Failure to Appear warrants are issued each month. But if we can help people remember to show up for court, then they don’t show up in our jail for failing to appear and that’s ultimately our goal with this new program.”


While individuals receiving reminders are able to opt out of the notification system at any time, the Sheriff’s Office discourages this option due to the program’s success. Rather, we encourage those receiving notifications to call court administration at 720-772-2590 if they have concerns or questions regarding their court date. The following is an example of an eCourt notification: "This is a courtesy reminder that you, {Defendant Name}, have a scheduled court date for case number {case Number} on {Date} at {Time} in division {DIVISION} located at JEFFERSON COUNTY COURTS, 100 JEFFERSON COUNTY PARKWAY, GOLDEN, CO. To OPT out of reminders please reply with: STOP. For questions you may call 720-772-2590."


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