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6th Judicial District to hold community information session

The Sixth Judicial District (Archuleta, La Plata and San Juan counties) will hold a community information session on Tuesday, Jan. 4, at 5:30 p.m., for citizens to learn more about the district’s problem-solving courts.

The meeting will be held in the Anasazi room of the La Plata County Courthouse (1060 E. 2nd Ave. in Durango).

The information session will include a panel discussion with County Court Judge Martha T. Minot, Magistrate Sarah Law, District Attorney Todd Risberg, La Plata County Sheriff Ed Aber and Linda Lute from Axis Health System. Invited guests include Sen. Ellen Roberts, Rep. J. Paul Brown, members of the La Plata Board of County Commissioners and members of the Durango City Council.

“The goal is to provide our citizens with a greater understanding of what our problem-solving courts do and how they work to help people,” Judge Minot said. “These courts are collaborative in nature and rely on the participation and support of many within our community.”

The 6th Judicial District operates an adult drug court, juvenile drug court and DUI court; implementation of a mental health court is under consideration.

The number of problem-solving courts in Colorado is growing, with operational courts in 17 of the state’s 22 judicial districts. There are more than 60 operational problem-solving courts including adult drug courts, juvenile drug courts, family/dependency and neglect courts, DUI courts, adult and juvenile mental health courts, a veterans trauma court and truancy courts.