Calculating Colorado Deadlines
Learn how to make Colorado legal deadline calculations using the Colorado Deadline Calculator.Go Calculate
Using the Colorado Deadline Calculator
The Colorado Deadline Calculator makes Colorado legal deadline calculations based on the legal holidays declared by the Colorado Judicial Branch. It calculates filing date deadlines, such as when you have a certain number of days to file a court document, and it also calculates service date deadlines, such as when you must serve a document a certain number of days prior to a court date. To make Colorado legal deadline calculations you must first enter relevant information into the calculator.
Step 1: Pick a Reference Date
First, you must pick a reference date from which the deadline will be calculated. Pick the reference date from the appropriate input in the Colorado Deadline Calculator form. The form will help you enter the date in the correct format.
If you are attempting to calculate a filing date deadline, i.e. a forward deadline, then choose a date that will serve as the starting point from which days will be counted forward. On the other hand, if you are attempting to calculate a service date deadline, i.e. a backward deadline, then choose a date that will serve as the ending point from which days will be counted backward.
Step 2: Choose the Calculation Direction
Second, you must choose a calculation direction. Choose whether you want to calculate days forward or backward from the available options in the Colorado Deadline Calculator form. You may only choose one direction.
If you wish to calculate a filing date deadline, e.g. you have a certain number of days to file a document, then choose the "Forward" option. On the other hand, if you wish to calculate a service date deadline, e.g. you must serve a document a certain number of days prior to a court date, then choose the "Backward" option.
Step 3: Enter the Number of Days Until the Deadline
Third, you must enter the number of days until the deadline. The number of days should be entered in days with no letters or special characters.
The Colorado Deadline Calculator will calculate the entered number of days, either forward or backward, relative to the chosen reference date.
Step 4: Make the Calculation
Once the necessary information has been entered into the Colorado Deadline Calculator, click the "Calculate Deadline" button. That's it! Your Colorado legal deadline calculation will display on the page underneath the Colorado Deadline Calculator form.
The Colorado deadline calculation is based on the legal holidays declared by the Colorado Judicial Branch and is calculated as follows:
- The reference date triggers the period and is therefore excluded from the period.
- Except for the reference date, every day is counted, including intermediate Saturdays, Sundays, and legal holidays.
- The last day of the period is included, but if the last day is a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, the period continues to run until the end of the next day that is not a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday.
The Colorado Judicial Branch has declared the following legal holidays:
- New Year's Day
- Martin Luther King Jr. Day
- President's Day
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Frances Cabrini Day (observed starting 2021)
- Columbus Day (no longer observed after 2020)
- Veteran's Day
- Thanksgiving Day
- Christmas Day
As such, if the last day falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, then the Colorado Deadline Calculator continues the period until the end of the next day that is not a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday. In the above example, the last day fell on July 3, 2020, which is the legal holiday for Independence Day. Therefore, the period was extended until July 6, 2020. If your deadline falls on a legal holiday, an alert will be displayed on the screen:
Legal Holiday Caveats
Administrative Authorities have the discretion to grant requests for Cesar Chavez Day (March 31st) in lieu of another holiday within the same fiscal year. When granting such requests, the court or probation department must be open and minimally operational on both days (holiday and March 31st) and employees must be able to perform work. Please check with your local court to determine if Cesar Chavez Day will be observed.
Beginning in the year 2021, the State of Colorado no longer observes Columbus Day as an official holiday. It now observes Frances Cabrini Day, which will be observed on the first Monday of October.
The Colorado deadline calculation is displayed in both a table and calendar format. The table displays the reference date, number of days until the deadline, and the deadline date in text format.
The calendar displays the reference date with a blue background color and the deadline date with a yellow background color. If the calculation is of a filing date deadline, i.e. a forward deadline, then acceptable filing dates are displayed with green and yellow background colors. On the other hand, if the calculation is of a service date deadline, i.e. a backward deadline, then the acceptable service date is displayed with a yellow background color and unacceptable service dates are displayed with a red background color. In the above example, the calculation is of a forward deadline, therefore, acceptable filing dates are displayed with green and yellow background colors.
You may use the arrows in the calendar header to navigate between months and years. Click on the currently displayed month and year header text to switch the calendar to the current month and year.
If the Colorado Deadline Calculator was submitted with invalid information, the calculator will display validation errors on the calculator inputs that were filled out incorrectly and the "Calculate Deadline" button will be disabled. Also, error messages will be displayed below the inputs that indicate the reasons for the errors.
If you receive validation errors, enter valid information into the calculator inputs that contain the validation errors. Upon entry of new information, the validation error will be removed from the updated calculator input. Once all validation errors have been removed, the "Calculate Deadline" button will be re-enabled for resubmission of the Colorado Deadline Calculator.