CHAPTER 2: GENERAL INFORMATION - Table of Contents
2.1 - Judges and Staff • 2.2 - Municipal Court Information • 2.3 - Office of the District Attorney • 2.4 - Office of the Public Defender • 2.5 - Boulder County Bar Association • 2.6 - Boulder County Law Enforcement • 2.7 - Social Services • 2.8 - Boulder County Probation Department • 2.9 - Other Boulder County Resources
2.9 OTHER BOULDER COUNTY RESOURCES
ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION
If you are involved in a dispute, going to court is not the only answer. Mediation and arbitration can potentially save you time and money. For information on alternatives to filing a lawsuit, please call (303) 441-4902. By calling this number, you will learn about how to contact various mediation and arbitration organizations in Boulder County.
BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU
An association that mediates complaints between consumers and businesses and provides information about the reliability of businesses and general consumer education. 1780 South Bellaire Street, Suite 700, Denver, Colorado 80222-4350. Telephone: (303) 758-2100 Office hours: 9-4 Monday - Friday
BLUE SKY BRIDGE, CHILD AND FAMILY ADVOCACY
Blue Sky Bridge is a child and family advocacy program dedicated to providing a comprehensive approach to child abuse investigation, treatment, and prevention, with an emphasis on sexual assault. Services include forensic interviews and medical exams, case management, court school, advocacy, professional and community education. 303-444-1388. P. O. Box 19122, Boulder, CO 80308. www.blueskybridge.org. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
BOULDER COUNTY AIDS PROJECT
The Boulder County AIDS Project provides HIV prevention education and care services to residents of Boulder County. Client services include case management, housing assistance, emergency financial assistance, support groups, pro bono professional services, buddy programs, treatment advocacy, and spiritual support. Pro bono legal services are provided by over 50 volunteers who represent clients in a variety of areas including wills, powers of attorney, criminal, family, discrimination (ADA), immigration and benefits. 303-444-6121 (English), 303-444-7181 (Espanol). 2118 14th Street, Boulder, CO 80302.
BOULDER COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION
The Boulder County Bar is a voluntary organization of attorneys living or practicing in Boulder County. It provides educational programs to its members, the community, the school district, the media and public interest organizations. It also provides an informational ethics advisory panel available to the public free of charge. The Bar arranges for speakers to talk to non-profit community groups at no charge. It does not refer lawyers or give legal advice.
The Boulder Office of the Colorado State Defender is staffed by 9 lawyers, 3 secretaries, 3 investigators, several intern law students and volunteers. The attorneys in this office defend persons charged in felony, misdemeanor and juvenile cases. To obtain Public Defender representation, call the number listed above. Clients must be able to show proof of their low-income level by presenting evidence such as pay stubs or tax returns.
Safeguard is a Boulder County law-related education program that provides resources, instruction and support to area educators, students, and the community on law-related topics.
STUDENT UNION LEGAL SERVICES
Student Union Legal Services provides low-cost legal services to full-time students at the University of Colorado (both undergraduate and graduate.) The office represents students in a variety of areas including traffic tickets, criminal matters, DUI/DWAI, bankruptcy, landlord/tenant and consumer problems.
The Victim Offender Reconciliation Program is a non-profit, community-based mediation program serving victims and offenders of crime in Boulder County. The VORP mediation process involves a meeting between the parties in a structured, safe environment. VORP provides an opportunity for: face to face communication, working out an agreement for restitution and promoting a positive outcome for the parties involved.
The YWCA serves women and their families through programs designed to protect children, empower women and girls, and eliminate racism. The YWCA provides emergency childcare, job search assistance, career counseling, divorce education and life skills training to low-income and single parents. The Divorce Education Series is held throughout the month on different evenings. The YWCA sponsors the court-mandated seminar "How to Co-Parent After Divorce." There are also general classes on filing for divorce, maintenance, property division, child support and maintenance. Pre-registration is required. There is a sliding fee scale for participants ranging from $10 - $50.
OFFICE of the LONGMONT CITY ATTORNEY
The Longmont City Attorney's Office provides legal advice to the City Council upon matters that come before the Council. The office gives legal advice to and represents city officials, departments, boards and commissions. Staff attorneys are responsible for prosecuting all violations of municipal ordinances including municipal traffic matters. Parties involved in landlord/tenant, housing, neighborhood and community disputes may contact the Community Relations Office at (303) 651-8445 to obtain an informational pamphlet or request a free mediator.
BOULDER COUNTY LEGAL SERVICES (BCLS)
Boulder County Legal Services, an office of the Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Denver, is a private, non-profit corporation whose mission is to provide high quality legal services to low-income persons in Boulder County by counseling and education, representation in civil actions or administrative proceedings, and helping in the establishment and maintenance of their legal rights. BCLS provides legal assistance through its staff attorney; pro bono coordinator; secretary/receptionist; approximately 20 volunteer paralegals; and a cadre of approximately 275 private, volunteer lawyers to whom clients are referred.
The types of cases handled include: domestic relations (divorce, child custody and visitation, adoption, guardianship); bankruptcy and consumer problems; housing issues (evictions, security deposit refunds, subsidized housing); administrative law (Social Security, Unemployment, AFDC, Food Stamps, Medicaid and other welfare programs); and wills and estate planning.
Clients must reside or have a case pending in Boulder County and must meet income guidelines. Funding sources prohibit legal services to seniors who do not fit within strict financial eligibility guidelines. BCLS does, however, serve senior citizens that are in the greatest economic and social need.
BOULDER COUNTY SAFEHOUSE, INC.
The Boulder County Safehouse provides emergency shelter, support and advocacy for battered women and their children and works to end domestic violence through education and social change. The Program provides crisis intervention and ongoing advocacy to assist women in achieving their rights under the law.
CENTER FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
CWPD offers a comprehensive support network of flexible and intensive services to disabled individuals that build each person's ability to survive and prosper independently in the community. CWPD provides one-on-one advocacy while conducting a program of systems advocacy in the community. Programs available are Advocacy, Legal Services and Personal Assistance Services, Independent Living Program and Community Services.
COLORADO LEGAL INITIATIVES PROJECT
Our mission is to defend the civil rights and expand the legal protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans-gendered (GLBT) persons - and to educate the public about discrimination against the GLBT community.
Provides early intervention counseling, education and referral services to families in need. Starting a Safe Exchange Program where divorced parents can exchange their children in a safe environment.
COMMUNITY MEDIATION SERVICE
The Community Mediation Service provides low fee mediation services to City of Boulder residents in the areas of landlord/tenant, parent/teen, neighborhood, community, organizational, youth, divorce, racial and multicultural issues. For divorce mediation services only, income guidelines must be met. Mediators are available during the day, evenings, and weekends in order to accommodate all schedules. To obtain more information or to request a mediator, call (303) 441-4364.
LEGAL AID and DEFENDER PROGRAM
The Legal Aid and Defender Program is a clinical program of the University of Colorado School of Law. The Clinic has 4 professor/attorneys and 48 volunteer law student attorneys. CU Legal Aid provides for indigent/low-income persons in civil and less serious criminal matters. A second- or third-year law student under the direct supervision of one of the staff attorneys handles each case. There is a $15 registration fee. Clients must meet financial qualifications. The majority of the legal representation provided in criminal matters involves municipal and county court misdemeanor cases, traffic matters, and drunk driving charges. In addition, the Legal Aid and Defender Program handles most general civil matters, with an emphasis on post-dissolution problems, social security disability appeals, landlord/tenant, welfare, unemployment, and consumer matters. (During the summer months, there is limited representation due to the summer law school break.) Legal Aid only accepts new cases during September-October, and January-February.
LCWC provides protection, intervention and support to women and children whose lives have been affected by domestic violence. The legal advocate program provides free assistance to women seeking restraining orders.
LONGMONT COMMUNITY RELATIONS
Are you involved in a conflict that is draining you emotionally, psychologically, or financially? Would you like to end it and get on with your life? Mediation is an effective alternative to fighting, suing, or giving up. Services are available to private nonprofit agencies, community groups, and city of Longmont Departments in the areas of short and long-range planning, policy, and program development, board, and staff relations, etc.
METROPOLITAN LAWYER REFERRAL SERVICE
A non-profit public service sponsored by the Bar associations of and serving Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Denver, Douglas/Elbert, and Jefferson Counties, and the City of Aurora. MLRS will arrange an appointment with a private attorney for persons seeking legal assistance. A $25 referral fee will be charged for the first one-half hour conference with the attorney. There is no $25 charge for bankruptcy cases. If further legal service is required, fee arrangements will be made between client and attorney.
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