New legislation governing a defendant's right to counsel will soon impact municipal court procedures in Colorado. During the 2016 legislative session, the General Assembly passed a bill requiring the presence of a public defender at each session of jail advisements for individuals in custody. In seeking to limit the number of defendants entering uncounseled pleas, House Bill 16-1309 dictated that municipalities must provide legal representation for defendants at their first court appearances. Most state and county courts already provide access to public defenders for defendants prior to their appearances. In contrast, municipal defendants in Colorado often receive counsel after entering their plea. House Bill 16-1309 looked to alter this trend by compelling additional safeguards for a defendant's right to an attorney in municipal court.