Wyoming Court Records

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This entry was originally written by Dwight A. Radford in Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources.

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The judicial system in Wyoming was set up in 1868 with a supreme court, which performed the duties of an appellate court. It could hold trials in one of the three judicial districts of the territory. In 1869, women in Wyoming Territory were given the right to vote and, therefore, could become jurists. With statehood the court system developed into three major courts: justice of the peace courts, district courts, and the state supreme court. The justice of the peace courts are countywide courts with jurisdiction over minor actions and misdemeanors. District courts are countywide courts with jurisdiction over civil cases including criminal cases, divorces, probate matters, and some appeals. The supreme court continues to be the statewide appellate court.

Most Wyoming court records are on file at either the Wyoming State Archives or the local courthouse.