The Douglas County Courthouse is the location where virtually all criminal matters take place. Located at 4000 Justice Way, Castle Rock, Colorado, the courthouse is just north of the downtown Castle Rock. The original courthouse built in 1889 by W.R. Parsons & Sons and was in downtown Castle Rock at 301 Wilcox Street. The original courthouse was burned to the ground in 1978.
The new courthouse is attached to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department and is significantly larger than the original courthouse. Both criminal and civil matters are heard in the different courtrooms. Judge Paul King is the longest currently serving judge in the Douglas County Court system. He presides in Division 1 of the District Court on the second floor of the courthouse. I have known Judge King since 1986 when he was a District Attorney and I was a clerk in the court system with Judge Thomas J. Curry.
Although the courthouse has changed locations a few times, and judges come and go, the Douglas County courthouse is still what I call my “Home” court.
Until next time.