Court Services

Aerial view from the Denver Capital Building across Downtown Denver.

All detainees are processed at the Van Cise-Simonet Detention Center. Meals, phone calls, programs, video visitations, and showers are all done within the housing unit. People in our care have access to the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC)–an accredited health care resource–24 hours a day, under the guidance of the Denver Health Medical Center. The County Jail Division is then responsible for the long-term care and custody of sentenced male inmates, sentenced and pre-sentenced female inmates, and those sentenced to alternative sentencing programs/community corrections.

Inmates are generally released on bond within a two-hour window after the bond is signed by all parties involved. To learn more about the release process, review the Bond Release Department Order 1.00.1026.

  • Bond cannot be posted for someone that has been arrested until their fingerprints have been cleared and they have been fully booked into jail
  • If a bond is posted for someone that has an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) hold, the bond will not be refunded if the individual does not appear on their return court date.
  • If the defendant abides by the conditions of the bond (e.g. appear as ordered), the bond will be released upon final disposition of the case. If a professional bonding company was used, the premium paid to the bonding company will not be refunded.
  • If the defendant fails to appear in court on the new court date listed on the bond paperwork, the bond money will be forfeited and a new warrant will be issued for the defendant’s arrest.
  • Proper identification must be submitted if posting a bond by credit card.

The Sheriff Department does not run the bonding office. Any questions concerning the bonding process should be directed to:

County Court’s Bonding Office
490 East Colfax

Monday - Sunday
7:00 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
The bonding office is located in the lobby of the Downtown Detention Center and is closed overnight.

Learn more about your legal rights:
Bond Legal Rights (English)(PDF, 237KB)
Bond Legal Rights (Spanish)(PDF, 271KB)

Courtroom 2300 (the advisement court) is open daily, excluding holidays. All other courtrooms are closed on weekends and holidays. Making a request from another jurisdiction? Refer to the information in the Out of Jurisdiction Writ Requests(PDF, 147KB) document.

If an inmate cannot hire private counsel to represent them, a public defender will be appointed to them for all court hearings while they remain in custody. You can contact the Public Defender's Office at:

Colorado Public Defenders Office (Felony and State Level Misdemeanor cases)
1290 Broadway, Suite 900
Denver, CO 80203

The Municipal Public Defender’s Office (All other cases)

Children are only allowed at a judge's discretion. Children are also not allowed to be left unattended in the lobby. Child care can be arranged for at:

Warm Welcome Court Childcare Center
270 14th St.
Denver, CO 80202

According to Colorado statute, the maximum amount of time that can be taken off a county jail sentence is 14 days for every 30 days.

According to laws (C.R.S. 17-26-109 (1), C.R.S.17-26-109(2) and C.R.S 17-26-115), all inmates will earn good time credits including statutory and sheriff’s good time credit, earned time credit, and trustee good time if they:

  • Perform assigned duties while in Denver’s custody:
    The Sheriff staff evaluates the work performance of inmates, and decides whether or not an inmate will be designated as an inmate worker or “Trustee”. An inmate can have the ability to remove ten days for every 30 from their sentence with this credit.
  • Get along well with others and not cause trouble while in custody:
    According to the law (C.R.S. 17-26-110), an offender can lose good time credits if it is determined through an Internal Conduct Adjustment Board hearing that they were involved in wrongdoing, internal rule violations or displayed poor behaviors while in custody.  All good time can be removed from an offender that attempts to escape from custody.
  • Successful participation in educational and other programs (earned time credit):
    Inmates can earn up to three days off their sentence in any 30 day period by successfully completing assigned or self designated programs. Please see the Programs & Services | Incarcerated Persons page for a list of in-custody programs offered.

Note: It is important to understand that many things can affect the application of credits to a sentence, and that good time credits are a privilege granted at the discretion of the sheriff, not a right.


The County Court Probation Department provides probation services for over 5,000 misdemeanant offenders with cases in Denver County Court. The department’s primary goal is to protect and enhance public safety and enforce court orders by encouraging clients to make positive lifestyle choices.

Probation contact numbers:
County Court Probation: 720-913-8300
Denver District Court Adult Probation: 720-913-4700


Colorado Parole Office, Central Region
4120 S. Julian Way
Denver, CO 80236

Main office number (Critical Incident II): 303-866-7850 
Critical Incident Cell phone: 303-919-0393 

Upon intake, men and women are searched, have a digital mugshot and right index fingerprint taken, and are evaluated for medical and mental health issues by medical staff. Their property is inventoried, and a thorough pat search (and metal detector search) of each person is performed. Fingerprint cards are sent to the CBI electronically. A check for any additional warrants is made when the fingerprints are classed and searched by the Denver Police Department Identification Bureau.

The process time for an inmate to be booked into jail can vary. However, it usually takes between two-six hours to be fully processed through our intake system. There are many things that can prolong an offender's identification process. Fingerprints are transmitted to the Denver Police Department Identification Bureau, Colorado Bureau of Investigation's fingerprint database and the FBI's fingerprint database for clearance. The jail has no control over how long the process will take.

ICE holds are immigration holds. Any questions regarding the ICE process should be directed to the ICE office.

The ICE detention center is located at:

3130 North Oakland St.
Aurora, CO 80010

Processing Fee Information

For Processing Fee Information call 720-865-3856 to leave a message.

$30 Processing Fee
C.R.S. 30-1-104(1)(n) authorizes jurisdictions to implement and collect a fee for the commitment and discharge of convicted inmate. The Denver Sheriff Department will charge a $30.00 processing fee for each person booked into jail. A person not convicted of any charge may request a full refund of the amount paid. 
Processing Fee Refund Request Form(PDF, 181KB)
Requisito de Reembolso de la Cuota de Procesamiento(PDF, 171KB)