Park County Courthouse

Park County CourthouseThe Park County Courthouse is located in Fairplay, Colorado. Fairplay is the fifth-highest incorporated place in the State of Colorado, at 9,953 above sea level. The courthouse contains the Park County Combined Courts is located at 300 Fourth Street, one block northeast of the old Park County Courthouse on the square. This “new” courthouse was constructed in the 1980′s.


Park County is part of the 11th Judicial District of Colorado, which is comprised of Chaffee, Custer, Fremont, and Park Counties. Although Park County only has about 14,000 residents, the county is geographically vast, and is geographically the 17th-largest county in the State.

The old courthouse, pictured below, was built in 1874, and was in use until 1983–nearly 110 years. The old courtroom took up the entire second floor. Presently, the old courthouse is the home of the Park County Library. However, a new library has been planned, and could open as soon as 2014. When the library moves to the new location, the old courthouse is slated for restoration.

The Old Park County Courthouse

The old Park County Courthouse is presently the home of the Park County Library, but could be restored in the next several years.

If you live in Park County, Colorado and need a lawyer, consider the Law Office of Kirk Garner in Woodland Park. If you live in the Lake George area, in the southeastern part of the county, you may be 45 miles or more from your county seat, but you are only about 20 miles from Woodland Park. You may even drive through Woodland Park on your way home from work. Call Kirk Garner today.

El Paso County Courthouse

El Paso County CourthouseThe El Paso County courthouse is located in downtown Colorado Springs at 270 South Tejon, at the corner of Tejon and Vermijo. The large, modern courthouse is across the street from the iconic former courthouse, which is now home of the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum.

If you have a case set at the El Paso County Courthouse–or perhaps you are a witness or have jury duty–you should arrive early enough to find a parking space, make your way through building security, and find the location of your courtroom. The main entrance is shown in the photo above and is on the east side of the building facing Tejon Street. There is an entrance on the south side of the building, but it is only for attorneys and court staff who have an identification badge issued by the Fourth Judicial District.

The courthouse has two main wings–the older south wing and the newer west wing. Rooms located in the south wing have room numbers beginning with “S”, and rooms located in the west wing have room numbers beginning with “W.” Division courtroom assignments are listed on signs and monitors in the main lobby. There is an information desk in the lobby of the south wing.

Kirk Garner’s Colorado Springs law office is located in The Downtown Executive Center, 422 E. Vermijo, just three blocks east of the courthouse. If you need a lawyer in El Paso County, give Kirk Garner a call today!

Teller County Courthouse

Teller County Courthouse in Cripple Creek

Teller County Courthouse in Cripple Creek

This is the Teller County Courthouse, in Cripple Creek, Colorado.

I love old, historic courthouses. Give me a courtroom in an old courthouse any day. Tall ceilings, wood floors, big windows and creaky doors. I love it! If only the walls could speak, just think of the stories they could tell: about disputes resolved, sentences handed down, and justice served throughout the years.

120425.County-Court-300x169The old courthouses were built when it was important to have natural lighting. It was a practical design, due to the poor illumination provided by early electric lights or gas lights. Not so with most modern-day courtrooms. Most have removed all windows, so as not to distract jurors, witnesses, or the lawyers. Most newer courtrooms are lit with florescent bulbs. If you didn’t look at the clock on the wall, you would have no idea what time it is. 9:01 a.m. looks just the same as 4:45 p.m. I tell you it is depressing! The body needs light. Your internal clock needs the light to be able to adjust its circadian rhythms throughout the day. The absence of natural light leads to depression and, I think, may make judges and lawyers irritable and impatient. Thank goodness for the the good old courthouses like we have in Teller County.

Lighting may be abundant, but oxygen is not. The Teller County seat is 9,500 feet above sea level; nearly two miles above the ocean! The air is thin and dry, and we love it! There are chairs in the courthouse hallways so the lawyers from out-of-town can sit and catch their breath.

If you need a lawyer in Teller County, call an attorney with an office in Teller County: call Kirk Garner today.