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The Guide to Colorado Court Records

Overview of Colorado Courts

The Colorado trial court system consists of District Courts, County Courts, Municipal Courts, Water Courts, Denver Probate Court, and Denver County Juvenile Court.
 
District Courts have general jurisdiction over all civil and criminal cases but typically only handle cases that are beyond the jurisdiction of other courts. County Courts and Municipal Courts have limited jurisdiction over certain types of civil and criminal cases. Water Courts have limited and exclusive jurisdiction over most cases related to water rights and water use.

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Colorado District Courts
District Courts have general jurisdiction over all civil and criminal cases, and typicaly handle cases that are beyond the jurisdiction of other courts.

Criminal cases heard by District Courts include felonies and lesser-included offenses.

Civil cases heard by District Courts include general civil claims without financial limits. District Courts also handle domestic relations, probate matters, juvenile matters, adoptions, paternity and mental health cases.

Cases typically handled by District Courts include divorce and related cases such as child custody, child support and division of marital property.

District Courts share jurisdiction over domestic violence protection orders with County Courts and Municipal Courts.

Denver County has a separate Probate Court and a separate Juvenile Court that handle probate matters and juvenile cases.
Colorado County Courts
County Courts have limited jurisdiction over certain types of cases.

Criminal cases heard by County Courts include misdemeanors, petty offenses and preliminary hearings for all types of criminal cases. County Courts share criminal jurisdiction with District Courts.

Civil cases heard by County Courts include most general civil cases for less than $15,000, not involving ownership of real property. Landlord-tenant cases are heard by County Courts if claims for damages are less than $15,000, if the case also involves a monthly rental value of less than $15,000.

Each County Court has a Small Claims division for most general civil cases with less than $7,500 in dispute. The Small Claims division cannot handle certain types of cases, including claims for defamation, libel, slander, forcible entry, forcible detainer, unlawful detainer, class action lawsuits, most types of injunctive relief, some types of contract cases, traffic violations and criminal matters. There is no right to a jury trial in the Small Claims division.

County Courts share jurisdiction with District Courts over name changes and requests for temporary and permanent civil restraining orders, including protection orders.

County Courts do not have jurisdiction over cases involving probate issues, mental health (including commitment, restoration to competence and the appointment of conservators), divorce, annulment, legal separation, matters involving children (including custody, child support, guardianship, adoption and delinquency) and matters involving disputes over boundaries or title to real property.
Colorado Municipal Courts
Municipal Courts have jurisdiction over violations of city and town ordinances.

Municipal Courts share jurisdiction with District Courts and County Courts over cases involving civil Protection Orders.
Colorado Water Courts
Water Courts have specialized jurisdiction over certain types of civil cases related to water rights.

Water Courts have exclusive jurisdiction over many cases related to water, including the use and administration of water.

Water Courts are located at each of the seven major river basins in Colorado.
Colorado Denver Probate Court
In Denver County, a separate Probate Court exists and handles City and County of Denver probate cases instead of District Court. This court is sometimes referred to as the 24th District Court.
Colorado Denver County Juvenile Court
In Denver County, there is a separate Juvenile Court that handles most juvenile matters instead of District Court.

Where to find court cases in Colorado
The chart below gives general information on the types of cases heard in each type of court in Colorado.
 
Most Cases = Most or all cases.     Some Cases = Some cases.

Case Type Court Type
Civil District Courts County Courts Municipal Courts
General Civil - Unlimited
Most or all General Civil - Unlimited cases can be found in the District Courts
 
 
General Civil - Limited
Some General Civil - Limited cases can be found in the District Courts
Most or all General Civil - Limited cases can be found in the County Courts
 
Small Claims
 
Most or all Small Claims cases can be found in the County Courts
 
Civil Equity
Most or all Civil Equity cases can be found in the District Courts
Some Civil Equity cases can be found in the County Courts
 
Complex Commercial
Most or all Complex Commercial cases can be found in the District Courts
 
 
Foreclosures and Liens
Some Foreclosures and Liens cases can be found in the District Courts
Some Foreclosures and Liens cases can be found in the County Courts
 
Real Estate Title and Boundary
Most or all Real Estate Title and Boundary cases can be found in the District Courts
 
 
Landlord / Tenant
Some Landlord / Tenant cases can be found in the District Courts
Most or all Landlord / Tenant cases can be found in the County Courts
 
Ordinance Violations
 
Some Ordinance Violations cases can be found in the County Courts
Some Ordinance Violations cases can be found in the Municipal Courts
Protection, No Contact, and Restraining Orders
Some Protection, No Contact, and Restraining Orders cases can be found in the District Courts
Some Protection, No Contact, and Restraining Orders cases can be found in the County Courts
Some Protection, No Contact, and Restraining Orders cases can be found in the Municipal Courts
Administrative Agency Appeals
Most or all Administrative Agency Appeals cases can be found in the District Courts
Some Administrative Agency Appeals cases can be found in the County Courts
 
Criminal District Courts County Courts Municipal Courts
Felony
Most or all Felony cases can be found in the District Courts
 
 
Felony Preliminary Hearings
Some Felony Preliminary Hearings cases can be found in the District Courts
Some Felony Preliminary Hearings cases can be found in the County Courts
 
Misdemeanors
Some Misdemeanors cases can be found in the District Courts
Most or all Misdemeanors cases can be found in the County Courts
 
Ordinance Violations
 
Some Ordinance Violations cases can be found in the County Courts
Most or all Ordinance Violations cases can be found in the Municipal Courts
Juvenile
Most or all Juvenile cases can be found in the District Courts
 
 
Traffic and Infractions
 
Some Traffic and Infractions cases can be found in the County Courts
Most or all Traffic and Infractions cases can be found in the Municipal Courts
Domestic Relations District Courts County Courts Municipal Courts
Divorce
Most or all Divorce cases can be found in the District Courts
 
 
Child Custody and Visitation
Most or all Child Custody and Visitation cases can be found in the District Courts
 
 
Child Support
Most or all Child Support cases can be found in the District Courts
 
 
Paternity
Most or all Paternity cases can be found in the District Courts
 
 
Domestic Violence Protection Order
Most or all Domestic Violence Protection Order cases can be found in the District Courts
Some Domestic Violence Protection Order cases can be found in the County Courts
Some Domestic Violence Protection Order cases can be found in the Municipal Courts
Juvenile District Courts County Courts Municipal Courts
Adoptions
Most or all Adoptions cases can be found in the District Courts
 
 
Juvenile Delinquency
Most or all Juvenile Delinquency cases can be found in the District Courts
 
 
Child Abuse and Neglect
Most or all Child Abuse and Neglect cases can be found in the District Courts
 
 
Termination of Parental Rights
Most or all Termination of Parental Rights cases can be found in the District Courts
 
 
Children in Need of Supervision
Most or all Children in Need of Supervision cases can be found in the District Courts
 
 
Mental Health District Courts County Courts Municipal Courts
Involuntary Commitments
Most or all Involuntary Commitments cases can be found in the District Courts
 
 
Other Mental Health Cases
Most or all Other Mental Health Cases cases can be found in the District Courts
 
 
Probate District Courts County Courts Municipal Courts
Wills & Estates
Most or all Wills & Estates cases can be found in the District Courts
 
 
Name Changes
Some Name Changes cases can be found in the District Courts
Some Name Changes cases can be found in the County Courts
 
Trusts
Most or all Trusts cases can be found in the District Courts
 
 
Guardianships and Conservatorships
Most or all Guardianships and Conservatorships cases can be found in the District Courts
 
 

Note: Some courts in Colorado are not included in the chart above. Please use the following links for descriptions and types of cases heard:
 
  Water Courts   Denver Probate Court   Denver County Juvenile Court

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