- Trial Courts
The Ouray Combined Court is located in the historic Ouray County Courthouse on the southeast corner of 4th Street and 6th Avenue in Ouray, Colorado. The County judge and two clerks are employed in this location, with County Court held weekly. A District Court judge and clerks travel to Ouray to conduct proceedings as necesary. The clerk’s office is open Monday-Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to noon and from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. or as posted. Also located in or near the courthouse is the county treasurer, assessor, sheriff, and the clerk and recorder.
To find the Ouray County Courthouse, one must turn east off Hwy. 550 onto 6th Avenue. Travel one block to 4th Street and the large red brick courthouse is on the right. Parking is generally available on the street. The court clerk’s office is located at the top of the stairway at the east end of the main hallway. There you may obtain numerous informative brochures and forms to assist you with court procedures, and will be greeted by a helpful clerk who can assist you as well.
Be sure to take a few moments to tour the rest of this beautiful building, which has undergone historic renovation. You may even recognize the courtroom in which scenes from the John Wayne movie, “True Grit”, were filmed. The courtroom is located at the top of the front stairway near the main entrance to the courthouse.
While in Ouray, also known as the “Switzerland of America”, take advantage of the many interesting sights to see and things to do. Enjoy the shops, galleries and restaurants, or soak in the hot springs pool after a day of hiking, jeeping, ice climbing, or skiing in the mountainous terrain surrounding the town.
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).