August 5, 2021 – Effective immediately, El Paso County will provide free parking for jurors serving in the 4th Judicial District. The free juror parking is available at the El Paso County parking structure located at 255 Sahwatch Street. Jurors—whether they are selected to serve on a jury or are released from service—will receive a validation card for their day(s) of service from the courthouse which will reduce the normal charges down to $0.
This change comes after the closing of the County’s juror parking lot that was located on the corner of South Cascade and West Vermijo. Since the closing of that lot, El Paso County wanted to provide another affordable option for jurors, and decided to use the Sahwatch Garage, conveniently located across the street from the Court House.
“We respect our citizens and don’t think it’s right for people to have to pay when they are completing their civic duty,” said El Paso County Commissioner Stan VanderWerf. “We appreciate the service of our jurors and know downtown parking can be difficult at times, so we hope providing free parking in the Sahwatch Garage will make jury service easier for our residents. It’s the right thing to do.”
In addition to the free parking option in the Sahwatch Garage, there are additional parking options near the courthouse, including parking meters and other private garages. However, the Sahwatch Garage is the only free option available to jurors.