- Trial Courts
Montrose Combined (District and County) Courts and Water Court, Division 4 are located at the Montrose County Justice Center, Court Building in Montrose, Colorado. Also within this building complex you will find the Montrose County Sheriff’s Administration Building, the Montrose County Jail and the Montrose County Work Release Center. In the Courts Building you will also find the Office of the Judicial District Administrator for the 7th Judicial District and the Montrose Office for the 7th Judicial District Probation Department including the Chief Probation Officer. The Montrose Office of the 7th Judicial District Attorney and Montrose County Human Service’s Office of Child Support Enforcement will move to a new facility just south of the Jail in July 2012.
Trial Court personnel consists of 11 Clerks, 2 Collections Investigators, 3 District Court Judge, 2 County Court Judges, Magistrate and a Self-Represented Litigant Coordinator. The Family Court Facilitator travels to Montrose to provide assistance in Domestic Relations cases. A Spanish interpreter is also on staff by the Courts to assist in official Court proceedings.
Numerous legal forms may be purchased from the Clerk’s office and some forms are available via the web, free of charge at the forms link at the top of this website. This link will redirect you to the State Court Administrator’s forms section. Also available at the Clerk’s office are informative brochures on subject matters related to court functions.
The Montrose County Justice Center is located at 1200 North Grand Avenue. This is approximately 1/4 mile west of Townsend Avenue (US Hwy 50) on Grand Ave. You can also reach the Justice Center by turning west from Townsend Ave. (US hwy 50) at the signal light at North 9th St., Follow 9th Street west until it runs into Grand Ave (T-intersection) and turn right (north). Follow Grand Avenue for approximately 1/4 mile to the Justice Center on the right side of Grand Avenue.
District courts hear civil cases in any amount, as well as domestic relations, criminal, juvenile, probate, and mental health cases. District court decisions may be appealed to the Colorado Court of Appeals (in some cases directly to the Colorado Supreme Court).
County courts handle civil cases under $15,000, misdemeanors, traffic infractions, felony complaints (which may be sent to district court), protection orders, and small claims. County court decisions may be appealed to the district court.
Water courts have exclusive jurisdiction over cases relating to the determination of water rights, use and administration of water, and all other water matters. There are seven water courts, one in each of the major river basins in Colorado.