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A note about Ouray Combined Courts operations as of Tuesday, March 17:

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and to observe procedures from public health officials, the Ouray Combined Courts will have limited staffing and hours.  Please be patient with us as we work to continue court business.

  1. Access to the building by the public is limited. The Clerk’s Office phone number is (970) 325-4405, but due to limited staffing, we may not be able to answer your call.You may leave a voice mail clearly indicating your name and phone number, and we will try to return your call asap.

  2. To the maximum extent possible, please communicate with the Clerk’s Office by submitting requests to

    1. Please include your full name, your current mailing address, and your current phone number.

    2. Besides protection orders, anything that you file with the Court must be provided to the opposing party and please indicate that you have done so in your pleading/request.

    3. Court form JDF 76, a blank motion form, is available on the Colorado Judicial Branch website at:

  3. If you have an attorney, please be in contact with them regarding court dates.

  4. We have been continuing most court proceedings.   You can check the date and time of upcoming court appearances on the Colorado Judicial Branch website at:

  5. For emergency protection orders when the court is closed, please contact law enforcement.

  6. A wide variety of forms and instructions are available on the Judicial Branch website at:

Notice Regarding COVID-19 (the “Novel Coronavirus”) and Court Operations:

The courts and probation department provide important and essential services to the public and we will endeavor to maintain normal operations to the fullest extent possible. We understand there is concern about COVID-19 and the 7th Judicial District is requesting that you PLEASE NOT COME TO THE COURTHOUSE, OR PROBATION OFFICE if: (1) you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 (“Novel Coronavirus”) and you have not received a subsequent test confirming that you are currently virus free; (2) you have been in direct contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 within the past fourteen days; (3) you are experiencing a fever, cough, shortness of breath, or any other respiratory illness symptoms. Some individuals are in a high-risk group.  These include those over 60 years of age or persons who have an underlying medical condition which increases their risk if they are exposed to the virus. This would also include any individual that may be in a household with any individual who may have underlying medical conditions which would increase the risk of being exposed.  If you believe you are in any of these groups,  please call the clerk’s office using the contact information below to request to reschedule your court date or request to appear by telephone if you are not represented by an attorney, or contact your attorney to file a request for a continuance or a telephone appearance. If you are subpoenaed as a witness in a case, please contact the attorney or party issuing the subpoena to explain the circumstances and discuss the options available. If you are summoned to report for jury duty, please contact the jury commissioner at (970) 252-4302 to reschedule your jury service. Please call to reschedule appointments with the probation department at (970) 252-4305.

During this time, court attendees are permitted to wear masks covering their nose and mouth as well as gloves.

Ouray Clerk’s Office

Phone : 970-325-4405

Fax: 970-325-7364


We now accept online payments for certain fees, fines, and restitution.  Online payments can be made seven days a week from 5:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. at  


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. There are also several District Court judges and clerks who travel to Ouray to conduct proceedings as scheduled.  Also located in or near the courthouse is the county treasurer, assessor, sheriff, social services, and the clerk and recorder.

Be sure to take a few moments to tour the rest of this beautiful building, which is currently undergoing 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.



Picture of Ouray County Courthouse
Ouray County Courthouse
541 4th St
P.O. Box 643
Ouray, CO 81427

970-325-7364 (fax)

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Special Announcements

Ouray Courts Move Back into the County Courthouse

The restoration of the historic courthouse is complete, and after May 19, 2020 the Ouray Combined Courts will again be located at 541 4th St, Ouray, CO 81427.  The mailing address of P O Box 643, Ouray, CO 81427 remains the same as does the phone number 970-325-4405.  Contact the court at that number for further information.

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