Denver County Court

Denver County Court is a judicial branch of the City and County of Denver's government responsible for administering justice in civil and criminal cases. The court is located in downtown Denver in both the historic City and County Building and the modern Lindsey-Flanigan Courthouse.

The elegant neoclassical City and County Building was completed in 1932. Today, it stands as an anchor of the Denver Civic Center historic district. The five-story, 310,000-square-foot contemporary courthouse was built in the 21st century. It boasts a folded plane glass curtain wall, symbolizing the transparency of justice.

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Why should you go?

  1. Admire the architecture. The City and County Building, with its central tower and two wings, fronted by Ionic columns, reflects Denver’s aspirations to be the Athens of the West or the Rome of the Rockies. The Lindsey-Flanigan Courthouse, in contrast, integrates itself into the modern urban context and the skewed geometry of Downtown Denver.
  2. Learn more about the city’s and county’s history and judicial system. Visiting the Denver County Court can be an educational and enlightening experience and provide insight into how the legal system works.
  3. Explore downtown Denver. The Denver County Court is located in the heart of downtown Denver, surrounded by many other attractions and landmarks. After visiting the court, you can explore the nearby Colorado State Capitol and Civic Center Park.

Best places to visit near Denver County Court

  • Colorado State Capitol. Located just a few steps from the City and County Building, the monumental Colorado State Capitol is a must-see attraction. Take a free guided tour of the building and marvel at the stunning architecture.

  • Denver Art Museum. Just a short walk from Denver County Court, this museum is home to an impressive collection of over 70,000 works of art. From ancient to contemporary, there's something for everyone.

  • Denver Botanic Gardens. Less than a 10-minute ride from the court, this 24-acre oasis is a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and immerse yourself in the natural beauty.

  • Denver Zoo. Located in City Park, just a few miles from Denver County Court, the Zoo is home to over 3,500 animals from around the world. With a variety of exhibits and attractions, this is a great spot for families and animal lovers.
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    What's the best way to see Denver County Court?

    • Take a guided or self-guided tour focusing on the Denver Civic Center historic district to learn more about the court’s historic building and other landmarks.

    • Plan your visit in December or early January to enjoy a holiday lights display on the City and County Building’s facade.
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    What are some interesting facts about Denver County Court?
    • The first courthouse in Denver was built in 1883 and stood between 15th and 16th Street, but it was demolished in 1934.

    • In 2020, Denver County Court became one of the first courts in the country to implement a virtual court system in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.