Colorado State Courts
The Colorado court system is more complex than some other states. There is one district court, a supreme court and a court of appeals. There is nothing unusual about this, but many of the trial courts deal with limited jurisdiction.
There are municipal courts, which represent the government in specific counties and cities. These are separate from the overall federal system of the state.
In Denver, a specific Juvenile Court deals with offences and other matters that deal with minors in the specific area, but doesn’t account for the whole of Colorado.
There is also a specific Denver Probate Court which deals with issues pertaining to the property of those deceased and inheritance. This frees up the other courts to deal with other issues.
Colorado has a number of county courts. These deal with cases where the monetary dollar value is less than $15,000. Things like traffic cases and other civil issues can be heard here.
Colorado’s District Courts, of which there are 22 districts, have more general jurisdiction over the issues in the state. They can deal with civil claims over $15,000 as well as all felony matters. The boundaries are divided into the counties, but some can handle the legal matters for more than one county of Colorado.
There are also water courts in the area. The judges here are decided and allocated within the supreme court.
|Colorado Supreme Court
|2 East 14th Avenue, Denver, CO 80203
Intermediate and Supreme Courts
There is a court of appeals within Colorado which acts as an intermediary. Appeals to come from district courts as well as some of the other administrative agencies within the state can be heard here. Issues are referred here after a dispute or issue with the case as it is escalated towards the supreme court in the state.
Seven court justices are housed within the Colorado Supreme Court. As with most states, this has jurisdiction over all appeals, and also cases relating to water rights and utilities as well as criminal appeals. The supreme court is also responsible for overseeing many of the other courts within the state and setting county laws.
Types of Courts in Colorado
How to Find Colorado Court Records Online
US citizens have a right to see court records. Anyone in the state of Colorado can access the public records as long as there aren’t specific laws redacting or prohibiting the access. You can use our tool to search through the long history of Colorado state court records.
The “Colorado Public Records” dates back to the 1960s. It protects public rights to see what happens in the courts. This is a similar premise to the freedom of information act. In rare cases, information may not be digitized and a court may need to be contacted to access their historic records.