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7th Judicial District

Mission

To provide the community with equal access to the courts for the resolution of legal issues through a just forum, uniform procedures and accurate records.

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 completed the required public health mandated isolation; (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 65 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 noted on the homepage for the particular County in which you need assistance 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 the number indicated on the homepage for the county in which you need assistance.

During this time, per Administrative Order 2020-19, it is ordered that all persons shall wear masks in all courtrooms as well as in public portions of Courthouse or Justice Center in the 7th Judicial District pending further order.

Welcome:

The Judges and employees of the 7th Judicial District welcome you to the official Colorado State Courts website. It has been developed to assist you in finding general information about and contact points for the offices within this District.

SEVENTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT

STATE OF COLORADO 

The 7th Judicial District is made up of six counties in west-central Colorado. The counties of the District include: Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray and San Miguel. There are combined Court Clerk’s offices (District Court and County Court) in the county seat of each of these counties and an associate County Court for Montrose County located in Nucla in the western part of Montrose County. Additionally, a Water Court (Division 4) is set up specially to handle matters related to water tributary to the Gunnison River from its headwaters to the Colorado River. The geographical area of the District is approximately 10,000 square miles of mostly high mountain valleys. This area is about the same size as the state of Vermont or Connecticut, Rhode Island and Delaware combined. The distance between Lake City in the eastern part of the District and Nucla in the west is approximately 200 miles one-way. The towns of Gunnison (Gunnison County), Lake City (Hinsdale) and Telluride (San Miguel County) have elevations of over 7,700 feet. The population of the District as estimated by the Colorado Department of Local Affairs Division of Local Government for 2013 is 103,137.

The 7th Judicial District has five District Court Judges who handle diversified dockets. The current District Judges are located in Delta, Gunnison and Montrose. The average traveling distance for District Judges is 74 miles one way to the other court locations from their home office. The District Judges' cases include domestic relations, criminal, juvenile, mental health, probate, and civil filings that exceed the County Court jurisdictional amount of $25,000. There are seven County Judges who are responsible for handling traffic, misdemeanor, and civil cases under the jurisdictional limit of $25,000.  In addition to the Judges, the 7th Judicial District has two part-time judicial officers. One Magistrate handles Dependency and Neglect and Domestic Relations cases in Delta and Montrose counties generally and the other is the Water Refree. E-filing became mandatory for District and County civil cases in all courts in January 2009, for Domestic Relations cases in March 2009 and Probate and Water cases in May 2009. The 7th Judicial District filed an average of approximately 10,274 County Court cases and 3,890 District Court cases from FY 2017-2018 .

The Chief Judge is the administrative head of the 7th JD Trial Court and Probation Department.  With the assistance of the Court Executive and Chief Probation Officer, the Chief Judge manages the operations of the 7th JD Trial Court and Probation Department.  The District has 67 full or part-time employees including Judicial Officers, Clerks of Court and Deputy Clerks who support the operations of the Court. The Probation Department has 26 employees in four locations in the District. The District’s payroll and operating budget is approximately $6.6 million.

The largest towns in the District are Delta, Gunnison and Montrose. Delta County is the location for a Department of Corrections facility just outside the City of Delta. Gunnison is home to Western Colorado University. Gunnison County (Crested Butte Ski Area) and San Miguel County (Telluride Ski Area) each boast one of the largest ski resorts in western Colorado.   Montrose is in the center of the District, and region, and is the location of many state and federal government offices. It is also a center of retail business for the region with several large retailers. Gunnison County and Montrose County also boast the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. This National Park was designated in October 1999 and is a large tourist attraction promoting retail and service related business growth in the area. Hinsdale, Ouray and San Miguel Counties are within national historic districts and have many recreational sites popular with tourist and sportsman alike. Tourism/recreation, agri-business, retail and government are the main employers of the area. 

The 7th Judicial District continues to strive to respond to changing concerns and circumstances of the courts. This requires the continued evaluation of staff resources and the implementation of changes to meet the needs of the general public accessing the system. The 7th Judicial District has instituted a number of measures to process our cases and manage the workloads. These include a centralized Jury Commissioner who manages the jury operations for all courts, a centralized Account Clerk who takes care of the regular reporting and management processes for all the courts in the District, and centralized records management personnel who are trying to reduce paper by scanning appropriate records to be held electronically and response to public requests for review and copies of records.

 

Rev October 2013



Picture of Delta County Combined Court
Delta County Combined Court
501 Palmer St.
#338
Delta, CO 81416
Directions/Map

970-874-6280
970-874-4306 (fax)
sherry.kuhn@judicial.state.co.us

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Gunnison County Combined Court Offices
200 E. Virginia Avenue
Gunnison, CO 81230
Directions/Map

970-642-8300
970-642-8350 (fax)
Sarah.coleman@judicial.state.co.us

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Picture of Hinsdale County Courthouse
Hinsdale County Courthouse
317 Henson
Lake City, CO 81235
Directions/Map

970-944-2227
970-944-2289 (fax)
desiree.bartelli@judicial.state.co.us

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Picture of Montrose County Justice Center
Montrose County Justice Center
1200 North Grand Avenue
Montrose, CO 81401
Directions/Map

970-252-4300
970-252-4309 (fax)
montroseclerk@judicial.state.co.us

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Picture of Nucla Montrose Associate Court
Nucla Montrose Associate Court
Montrose County Courthouse Annex - Nucla
300 Main Street
Nucla, CO 81424
Directions/Map

970-864-7373
970-252-4309 (fax)
jodi.hanson@judicial.state.co.us

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

970-325-4405
970-325-7364 (fax)
jane.holmes@judicial.state.co.us

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Picture of San Miguel County Courthouse
San Miguel County Courthouse
305 W. Colorado Ave.
P.O. Box 919
Telluride, CO 81435
Directions/Map

970-369-3300
970-728-6216 (fax)
bryan.yug@judicial.state.co.us

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