- Trial Courts
The Montrose Associate County Court is located at the Montrose County Courthouse Annex – at Nucla, 300 Main Street, Nucla, Colorado. This court is approximately 100 miles from the Montrose County seat in the City of Montrose. The geographic or physical jurisdiction of the Montrose Associate County Court is in that portion of Montrose County that is in the Southwestern Water Conservation District as set forth and described in Colorado Revised Statutes (CRS) 37-47-103. The court jurisdiction is the same as any other county court in Colorado. A part-time County Judge is appointed to this court and a part-time clerk is employed by the district to handle the operations.
To find the courthouse from Montrose, follow US Hwy. 550 south to Ridgway. Take Colorado Hwy. 62 west to Colorado Hwy. 145 and follow to the Town of Naturita. Take Colorado Hwy 90 approximately five miles east to Nucla. From Grand Junction, take US Hwy. 50 south to Whitewater. Take Colorado Hwy 141 west to Naturita. Take Colorado Hwy. 90 approximately five miles east to Nucla. The courthouse is located near the end of town on the left as you travel east.
Due to the limited caseloads of the Montrose Associate County Court this Court location is only open limited days and times as follows: Monday and Wednesday 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.; Tuesday 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 pm & 1:00 – 4:30 p.m.; Contact the Montrose Associate County Court for further information.
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.