Courthouse visitors to be surveyed Thursday |

Courthouse visitors to be surveyed Thursday

People with business at the Garfield County Courthouse on Thursday will be asked to participate in a survey designed to help ensure the Colorado Judicial Branch provides strong public service.

Throughout the day, court employees at 109 Eighth St. in Glenwood Springs will ask people leaving the building to fill out brief, anonymous survey forms asking about their experiences as jurors, parties to a case or as recipients of other Judicial Branch services. Survey forms will be available in English and Spanish.

Attorneys, law enforcement officers and anyone else who does business with the courts is encouraged to participate.

Similar surveys have been conducted in the past in the 9th Judicial District (Garfield, Pitkin and Rio Blanco counties), most recently in 2014. Since 2007, surveys have been conducted at least once in each of Colorado’s 22 judicial districts.

The surveys measure public opinion about access to and fairness of the courts. Questions include whether people felt safe in the building, whether they could easily understand the forms they needed, and whether they thought their case was handled in a fair manner. Participants also are asked whether they felt the judicial officer listened to them and had all the necessary information before making a decision, and whether they felt they were treated with courtesy and given clear information about the next step in their case.

During Fiscal 2015, 3,399 cases were filed in District Court in the 9th Judicial District, including 2,420 in Garfield County; and 8,098 cases were filed in County Court in the district, including 6,214 in Garfield County.

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