Thornton Municipal Court

In order to expand customer service hours, Thornton Municipal Court is open 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; excluding Holidays.  Closed Fridays/Saturdays/Sundays.

Thornton Municipal Court is a limited jurisdiction court serving the citizens of Thornton, Colorado. The Court has jurisdiction to hear cases that deal with traffic, misdemeanor, animal, and code violations, as well as parking citations.

The City of Thornton continues to monitor very closely the national response to the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) and will be following guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC) as well as State and local guidance.


The Court building will be re-opened on June 1, 2021.

Click on link to view the Thornton Municipal Court - Judicial Order 2021-04; effective June 1, 2021.

As of June 1, 2021, trials, jury trials, and other designated hearings (Evidentiary, Contempt of Court, Fact Finding, ID Hearing, Jury Conference, Restitution Hearing and Sentencing) are the only in-person hearings being held.

If you are appearing in-person/entering the Court building, fully vaccinated individuals may enter without a mask.  Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals must wear a mask when entering the building through the security checkpoint and until exiting from the court building: per Judicial Order 2020-05.

The Court is hearing most cases by remote appearance.  To appear by video using Zoom, you will need to have an electronic device with an internet connection.  The preferred method by the Judge is the use of an iPad/tablet, laptop, smart phone or computer that has a webcam/built-in camera with sound and video.

A tutorial and instructions for Zoom are found HERE Las instrucciones para Zoom se encuentran AQUI.  Per the Judge, audio call only is available but not preferred method of use. Please be sure to test your connection and audio well in advance of your hearing.  

You can join a test meeting at:  First time users may be prompted to download the Zoom software, and should plan accordingly.

Please email the Court at to provide your citation number, name,  DOB, and email address to receive the hearing instructions. Please read the Advisement of Rights form located on the right hand side of this page prior to your hearing. If you are unable to participate in a virtual remote hearing, please contact the court for further instructions.

Remote Hearings are viewable by the public, as well.  Please contact the Court at 720-977-5400 during business hours to receive information on how to observe remote hearings.

Use of the Court's online services is strongly encouraged during this time, including online payments and email that are available at all times by accessing the links on this page ("Pay Ticket Online" or "Contact Us").

A payment/document drop box is available to the right of the Court's main entrance or payments/documents may be mailed to:

Thornton Municipal Court
9551 Civic Center Drive
Thornton, CO 80229

You may also call the Court during business hours, 7:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Mondays through Thursdays at 720-977-5400.

PLEASE NOTE: We are receiving a high volume of calls! Your patience is appreciated.  Please have your citation/ticket number available before you call.

Thank you for your understanding.

​Thornton Municipal Court accepts online payments

Municipal Court accepts online payments. This provides an additional payment option for those with eligible tickets. Tickets can be paid at any hour of the day, in conjunction with the Court’s case management software through the vendor’s secure website, CitePay USA. The convenience-fee based system covers the cost of this service. Other payment options include drop box, mail or over the phone. Pay Ticket Online.

Directions to the Court:
The court is easily accessible from I-25 and Thornton Parkway. Head east on Thornton Parkway one block to Civic Center Drive, turn left on Civic Center Drive, and take the first left into the Justice Center. The court is located on the South end of the Justice Center just west of City Hall.

Ticket/Summons: If eligible, your ticket will be marked with a fine amount that may be paid prior to your court date. If your ticket is marked as mandatory, you must appear as scheduled on your court date. Thornton Municipal Court has an automated phone call reminder program. The program calls adult defendants who have upcoming court dates and leaves a pre-recorded message with the person answering the phone or with the defendant’s voice mail. This courtesy reminder is intended to assist defendants in remembering their Court dates.

Internet Scams: Thornton never issues citations via email and if you receive an email indicating you have a traffic violation in Thornton it is likely a scam and should be deleted immediately. Clicking on any links in such an email will likely cause harm to your computer and compromise your security.

Becoming a Court-Appointed Attorney: Any person charged before the municipal court who is financially unable to obtain counsel and who could be incarcerated if convicted of one or more of the violations with which charged may petition the court for court-appointed counsel.   If you are an attorney in good standing the Colorado Bar Association interested in representing indigent municipal court clients charged with jail eligible offenses, you may submit an application for consideration.

Sealed/Expunged Records: These advisements are for informational purposes only of your rights concerning the sealing of Adult Non-Conviction and Adult Conviction records as well as Juvenile Expungement records.  This does not constitute legal advice about your case.  If you choose to represent yourself, you are bound by the same rules and procedures as an attorney.

2021 Court Calendar: The Thornton Municipal Court will be closed on the following days in observance of the listed holidays.

January 1, 2021 New Year’s Day 
January 18, 2021 Martin Luther King Day
February 15, 2021 President's Day
May 31, 2021 Memorial Day
July 5, 2021 Independence Day
September 6, 2021 Labor Day
November 11, 2021 Veteran's Day
November 25, 2021Thanksgiving Day
November 26, 2021
Friday following Thanksgiving
​December 24, 2021 
​Christmas Eve
​December 31, 2021
​New Year's Eve