In Colorado, there are limited jurisdiction courts, general jurisdiction trial courts, and appellate courts. The appellate courts consist of the Court of Appeals and the Colorado Supreme Court.
Limited jurisdiction courts include Municipal Courts, which handle violations of city and town ordinances. Limited jurisdiction trial courts include County Courts, which are responsible for misdemeanors, traffic infractions, felony complaints, protection orders, civil cases under $15,000, and small claims cases.
District Courts are the general jurisdiction trial courts, which handle civil cases of all amounts, domestic relations, divorces, criminal felony, juvenile, and probate cases. Probate cases include all matters of probate, settlements of estates of deceased persons, appointment of guardians, conservators and administrators, and settlement of their accounts, the adjudication of the mentally ill. The State of Colorado is divided into 22 judicial districts; each has a District Court.
Colorado also has seven Water Courts to oversee water rights cases. Denver County has its own Juvenile Court and Probate Court.
For court dockets and to access all county and district court sites, use the "Court Dockets" link. For court recods, the Colorado Judicial Branch recommends CoCourts.com and Background Information Services (BIS). We list both.
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