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The City is hiring judges and a back up prosecuting attorney to serve in the Municipal Court as independent contractors.


CITY OF LOUISVILLE ANNOUNCEMENT
PRESIDING MUNICIPAL JUDGE AND DEPUTY MUNICIPAL JUDGE APPOINTMENTS

The City of Louisville, Colorado is accepting applications for the position of Presiding Municipal Judge and two (2) Deputy Municipal Judges. Candidates shall be admitted to the practice of law in the State of Colorado, and currently licensed members of the Colorado bar in good standing. All positions will be independent contractors working for the City of Louisville.

Description of the Court:

  • The Louisville Municipal Court is a qualified court of record as defined under C.R.S. 13-10-102. 
  • The types of cases heard in the Municipal Court are traffic and municipal code and charter violations. 
  • The City Council has decriminalized some traffic cases. Municipal Code violations are generally criminal in nature. 
  • The City offers mail-in plea bargains on decriminalized traffic cases. Minor code violations (first offense) are payable by mail.
  • There is a schedule of fines to assess for mail-in violations.
  • There is a schedule of bond amounts for various criminal cases.
  • The Court utilizes default judgment on failures to appear in decriminalized traffic offenses and bench warrants for failures to appear on all criminal cases.
  • Further details may be found in Section 9.3 of the Louisville Home Rule Charter.

Court Schedule - The Court has two sessions per month, 1st and 3rd Tuesdays; schedule negotiable. 

Arraignments

9:00 – 11:00 am adults both Tuesday sessions
3:00 – 5:00 pm juveniles 3rd Tuesday session
The number of cases heard at each arraignment averages 45 - 50 per day.

Pre-Trials & Trials to Court

1:00 – 3:30 pm 1st Tuesday session
1:00 – 2:30 pm 3rd Tuesday Session
1-2 Trials per month

Jury Trials

Scheduled as needed – approximately 2 per year
(Traffic decriminalized – very few traffic cases go to Jury Trial)

Overflow: established as needed

Other Duties:

Swearing in of City Council members and other appointed officials
Swearing in of police officers, code enforcement officers, and rangers

Compensation:

The Presiding Municipal Judge is paid $2,800 per month. The hours spent in Court range from 15-25 per month. Court Staff has the liberty to contact the Presiding Municipal Judge during business hours for direction on non-routine Court matters. Deputy Judges are paid $140/hour.

The Presiding Municipal Judge and Deputy Judges are contract positions with the appointments made by City Council. The process is governed by Section 9-3 of Louisville Home Rule Charter.

The appointments to be made by the City Council is to for terms to commence May 1, 2020. The successful candidates will be required to enter into an independent contractor services contract as required by the City. 

Candidates are required to submit the attached application.

Please submit application by mail to:

City of Louisville
Attn: Meredyth Muth, City Clerk
749 Main Street
Louisville, CO 80027

Or by email to:

MeredythM@LouisvilleCO.gov

Application Deadline: February 7, 2020 4 pm.


City of Louisville
Request for Proposal for Backup Municipal Court Prosecuting Attorney 

This is a Request for Proposal for Legal Services to act as back up prosecuting attorney for the Municipal Court in the City of Louisville (City). This request is intended to gather pertinent information concerning the ability of individual attorneys or law firms to meet the needs of the City. The position will be an independent contractor working for the City on an on-call basis.

The City is interested in establishing an ongoing contractual relationship with an individual attorney or law firm to ensure high quality, necessary, timely, and cost effective legal services as needed when the regular Prosecuting Attorney is unavailable or has a conflict of interest. The expectation is that the selected firm/individual will be experienced in the type of legal services required on an ongoing basis by home rule cities and will be generally familiar with legal issues associated with municipalities. Additionally, the attorney should have experience in a court setting to act as the prosecutor on behalf of the City and working with the Municipal Judge. The position is appointed by the City Council. 

SCOPE OF SERVICES

  • Prosecutes cases in Municipal Court, which includes communicating with defendants and their attorneys; communicating with other City staff and officials as appropriate; communicating with police officers, code enforcement officers, witnesses and victims; working with the Court Clerk regarding administrative matters; filing motions and briefs; responding to motions of defendants; processing and preparing cases for trial; representing the City in arraignments, jury trials and bench trials before the Municipal Court.
  • Performs professional legal work carrying the highest levels of volume, complexity, consequence, autonomy, and responsibility.

EXPERIENCE REQUIRED/PREFERRED

A law degree from an ABA-accredited U.S. law school is required. Minimum of five (5) years’ experience in criminal and/or administrative prosecution required. Experience in other areas of municipal law is desirable. Must be licensed to actively practice law in the State of Colorado and be in good standing with the Colorado Supreme Court. Must possess a valid driver’s license. 

Must have the ability to communicate effectively and diplomatically with City personnel and officials, including the Municipal Judge, Court Clerk, Police Department, Code Enforcement personnel, and defendants and their attorneys, and the general public.

Must be able to develop a good working knowledge of Louisville Municipal Code, Model Traffic Code for Municipalities, Colorado Municipal Court Rules, and the Colorado Rules of Evidence. Skilled in legal writing and research.

Ability to perform with integrity; demonstrate honesty and sensitivity to ethical issues; and avoid actual or apparent impropriety and/or conflicts of interest. Exercise appropriate judgment, often under pressure, consistent with the highest levels of volume, complexity, consequence, autonomy, and responsibility attending the position. 

COMPENSATION

The position will be paid $130/hour for the work.

REQUIRED PROPOSAL CONTENTS 

To be considered, please submit the following information:

  1. Letter of interest and resume.
  2. Background of your firm, including size, date established, and office location, or individual qualifications if not associated with a firm.
  3. Information on your experience as it relates to prosecution in municipal court.
  4. List the municipalities you represent currently or have previously represented, if any, with the dates of representation for each. Include a brief summary of your duties and responsibilities for each municipality. Include a comprehensive list of municipal clients over the past five years and name of the attorney assigned to those clients.
  5. Identify the attorney who would be responsible for work on behalf of the City.
  6. Municipal Court generally takes place on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month, with pre-trial conferences scheduled on the same day as Court. Jury trials are scheduled, as needed. Please specify your firm’s availability to attend these dates.
  7. Provide three professional references the City may contact.

PROPOSAL EVALUATION 

It shall be agreed and understood that the proposals are considered public documents and are subject to official inspection.

REJECTION OF PROPOSAL

The City may reject any or all proposals if the proposals do not include the documents required for submission, as noted above, or for any other reason. The City may, at its sole and absolute discretion, postpone or cancel this solicitation process, waive any irregularities or technicalities, or determine the criteria and process under which proposals are evaluated.

SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS

Please submit application by mail to:

City of Louisville
Attn: Meredyth Muth, City Clerk
749 Main Street
Louisville, CO 80027

Or by email to:
MeredythM@LouisvilleCO.gov

Application Deadline: February 7, 2020 at 4 pm.

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