The Douglas County Courthouse is hosting a display of 150 years of judicial history on the first floor of the Christensen Justice Center at 4000 Justice Way, Castle Rock, CO 80109. The display shows photographs and biographies of all county and district judges beginning with Douglas County’s first judge, Probate Judge Philip P. Gomer, appointed in 1862. The unveiling of the display took place in the Christensen Justice Center on Wednesday, August 3, 2011.
Although it enjoys the reputation of being one of the newest and most modern areas of Colorado, few people know that Douglas County was one of the original 17 counties formed when Colorado Territory was created by the Organic Act of 1861. At the time of its formation, Douglas County extended eastward all the way to the Kansas border. Several years later, the state carved out two new counties, Elbert and Lincoln, from the eastern plains and the current county lines for Douglas have been in place ever since.
In addition to the judicial display, Michael Robinson and Donald Eby with the Robinson & Henry law firm in Castle Rock have authored and published a book commemorating the first 150 years complete with pictures and biographies of all judges that have served in Douglas County. At the display’s unveiling, the current sitting judges were present in judicial robes. A copy of the new commemorative book was presented to Judge Paul King, the Chief District Court Judge for Douglas County at the unveiling.
The display will be shown continuously and updated as new judges are appointed to serve in the County. Robinson and Eby both expressed hope that school outings to the courthouse would include a visit to the judicial display. The display is on the first floor at 4000 Justice Way, Castle Rock, CO 80109.