Colorado’s 1st Judicial District, which covers Jefferson and Gilpin counties, held its Competency Court inaugural docket this week, launching a program similar to those in other jurisdictions in the state.

The Colorado Judicial Department, chief justice of the Colorado Supreme Court, Brian D. Boatright, and State Court Administrator Steven Vasconcellos, announced that five defendants were expected to appear for the Competency Court’s first session on Jan. 31. The program is designed to help address the growing number of defendants in need of competency restoration services before their cases can move forward, according to a judiciary press release.