Colorado Appellate Courts
The Colorado Supreme Court is the court of last resort in Colorado's state court system. The court generally hears appeals
from the Court of Appeals, although in some instances individuals can petition the Supreme Court directly regarding a lower
The Colorado Court of Appeals is usually the first court of appeals for decisions from the district courts, Denver Probate
Court, and Denver Juvenile Court. The Court of Appeals also reviews decisions of several state administrative agencies.
Its determination of an appeal is final unless the Colorado Supreme Court agrees to review the matter.
Colorado Trial Courts
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 $15,000, 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.