- Trial Courts
The San Miguel Combined Courts (District and County) are located in the historic San Miguel County Courthouse at 305 West Colorado Avenue (Main Street), in Telluride, Colorado. The original San Miguel County Courthouse was built in 1885-1886, and was located on the southeast corner of Main and Fir Streets. Fire destroyed the building on March 9, 1887. Bricks were salvaged to rebuild the present courthouse. The courthouse is unique as it is a two story red brick structure, featuring a tower clock. On the first floor of the courthouse you will find the Clerk and Recorder’s office, the District Attorney’s Office and the County Treasurer’s Office. On the second floor you will find the Combined Court Clerk’s Office, a District Probation Office and the courtrooms. The courthouse has installed a wheelchair lift at the rear door to accommodate the handicapped.
Trial Court personnel consits of four clerks and a County Court Judge. A Spanish interpreter is also retained by the Courts to assist in official Court proceedings on regular County Court days (Tuesdays) and whenever needed in District Court matters. The District Court Judges travel to Telluride from Montrose.
The Clerk’s office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Beginning February 1, 2022, the Clerk’s office is open to the public Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Clerk’s office is available by telephone on Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Telephone – 970-369-3300
Numerous legal forms may be purchased from the Clerk’s office and some are available on-line by visiting the forms section Colorado Courts Web Site. Informative brochures are provided for the public on subject matters related to court functions at the clerk’s office.
You will have no difficulty locating the San Miguel County Courthouse as you drive down Main Street of Telluride (Highway 145 turns into Colorado Avenue, aka Main Street). Approximately three blocks into town, you will notice on your left, the historic red brick building with the tower clock.
Parking is at a premium in this community. Telluride does have paid parking on Colorado Avenue (Main Street). Other parking is available on side streets but you should be sure to read the street signage and know what day and date it is before parking. This is especially true during the peak of ski and tourist seasons. Violators will be ticketed and towed.
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 $25,000, 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.