La Plata County Court

Find La Plata County Colorado courts and courthouses, such as federal, state, district, superior, criminal, common, circuit, judicial, judiciary, divorce, appeals, family, traffic, and small claims courts. Courts provide information on legal cases, law documents, case searches, and appeals.


Bayfield Municipal Court 1199 U.S. 160 Business Bayfield CO 81122 970-884-9544


Durango District Court 1060 East 2nd Avenue Durango CO 81301 970-247-2304

Durango Municipal Court 949 East 2nd Avenue Durango CO 81301 970-375-5000

Ignacio Municipal Court 540 Goddard Avenue Ignacio CO 81137 970-563-9494

La Plata County Court 1060 East 2nd Avenue Durango CO 81301 970-247-2304

About La Plata County Courts

Courts in La Plata County, CO are government institutions that resolve legal disputes in accordance with local La Plata County and Colorado law and are housed in La Plata County courthouses. Courts are divided into Criminal Courts and Civil Courts. In La Plata County Criminal Courts, the government prosecutes a case against parties accused of breaking the law. In La Plata County Civil Courts the Court resolves disputes between citizens.

You may contact Courts for questions about:
  • La Plata County court records and judgments
  • Law documents, filings and case records
  • Appealing La Plata County court judgments
  • Court calendars and dockets
  • La Plata County background checks
La Plata County Court Records

La Plata County court records are available to the public at the La Plata County Courthouse. Records vary by specific court, however, commonly requested public records include copies of court decisions, court filings and records, court dockets and calendars, people and background check information as well as criminal records.

About the US Court System

The United States Legal System is comprised of a Federal Court System and Fifty State Court Systems which hear cases at La Plata County Courthouses.

La Plata County Trial Courts

La Plata County Courts, where cases are heard for the first time, are where both sides, the prosecutor and defendant present evidence to argue and support their versions of events. A jury usually decides the outcome of cases and a single judge presides over the court room.

Limited Jurisdiction Court

Limited Jurisdiction Courts in La Plata County are typically limited to hearing only cases about small claims, traffic and driving violations, and misdemeanor offenses. Other courts of limited jurisdiction include La Plata County Probate Courts and La Plata County Family Courts.

Appellate Court in La Plata County, Colorado

Appellate Courts, or Courts of Appeal, hear appeals of decisions that are reached in La Plata County Trial Courts. A judge or a panel of judges presides over the appellate process and decides the outcome of the trial rather than a jury.

Colorado Federal Courts

Federal Courts are divided into Trial Courts and Appellate courts. La Plata County Federal Courts are divided into Courts of General Jurisdiction and Courts of Limited Jurisdiction. General Jurisdiction Courts preside over all matters of cases, whereas Courts of Limited Jurisdiction are limited by their scope. Federal Courts in Colorado are referred to as Superior Courts or District Courts and have jurisdictional authority over defined geographic areas.

Twelve Circuit Courts comprise the US Appellate Court System with the United States Supreme Court at its head. Appellate Courts in Colorado state are similar to the Federal System, whereas multiple appellate courts hear cases within a defined geographic area, governed by the highest State Court, the Colorado Supreme Court.