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Justice of the Peace Docket Books, 1867-1966

Identifier: Series-111

Scope and Contents

Docket books of civil and criminal cases heard before Jefferson County Justices of the Peace. The dockets provide narrative summaries of the proceedings. Information includes names of plaintiff and defendant, name of JP and precinct number, charge, dates and kinds of filings, dates and notes on proceedings, plea, disposition, judgment, sentence, fine and court costs. Civil books may also contain ists of marriages performed by the JP. Supplementary records such as summons, motions, receipts, etc. sometimes may accompany docket sheets.


  • Record Keeping: 1867-1966


Conditions Governing Access

Archives collection material is non-circulating, requires staff retrieval and is available for use by appointment in the reading room.


21.1 Cubic Feet (231 Volumes) : Bound volumes and one photocopy (loose sheets)

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Arranged chronologically

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Early volumes received in a transfer of records from the Clerk and Recorder's Office in 1998 with the exception of Vol. 5, a photocopy donated to the Archives by Alex Kalla in 1999, and Vol. 231, a photocopy donated to the Archives by the Foothills Genealogical Society in 2019. Many of the later volumes were transferred to the Archives in 2015 from the Colorado State Archives.

Processing Information

Processed by Ronda Frazier in 2015 and 2019.

Name Indexes

The Foothills Genealogical Society has indexed two of the docket books: Vol. 7 (found in the Foothills Inquirer, Vol. 10) and Vol. 231, Justice Docket for Vasquez Precinct No. 2. In addition, notations of marriages performed by the JPs have been extracted and indexed in the "Jefferson County Justice of the Peace Marriage Index, 1900-1911" and in the five-part series "Jefferson County Colorado Marriage Index" (1860-1939). These indexes are available in the Archives' reading room reference library.
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Repository Details

Part of the Jefferson County Archives Repository

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Golden CO 80401 United States