Courthouse Naming Guidelines
Deciding what to name a courthouse can be a tricky process. Remember
that we are collecting courthouse buildings, not individual courts within
the courthouse. So whichever name you decide to enter when editing a courthouse
point, it should be representative of the main building.
the name comes from an
it will be accepted. If you're unsure about what to name a courthouse,
feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don't forget to leave a note
in the comment field to let
us know which authoritative
sources you used to verify the name and location of each courthouse!
Sometimes a courthouse building is named after a public figure, such
as the Ralph
L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center in Denver, CO, or the Leonard L.Williams Justice Center in Wilmington,
- In these
cases you could name the buildings 'Ralph
L Carr Colorado Judicial Center,'
and 'Leonard L Williams Justice
- If you wish,
you may also add '[Name of State] + Supreme Courthouse,' or '[Name
of County] + Courthouse' to the name:
'Ralph L Carr Colorado
Judicial Center - Colorado State Supreme Courthouse'
'Leonard L Williams Justice
Center - New Castle County Courthouse'
In some cases, a courthouse may simply be named after the county in
which it resides, such as the Jefferson County Courthouse
in Golden, CO.
- In these
cases, you can simply enter the '[Name of County] + Courthouse'
- e.g. 'Jefferson County Courthouse'
And in other cases, the courthouse building may have a very generic
name, such as the First Judicial District Court
in Brigham City, Utah.
- In this case, there
might be many courthouses simply referred to as 'First Judicial District
Court.' To distinguish this one from other 1st Judicial District courthouses,
we can examine the website very carefully for clues regarding the
county in which the courthouse resides, and whether the court is referred
to as 'county,' 'district,' or 'circuit.'
- According to the
Courts website, this particular courthouse serves the 1st Judicial
District in Box Elder County. An appropriate name for this courthouse
would be 'Box
Elder County - First Judicial District Courthouse' or 'Box
Elder County - First District Court', because this name matches
the information listed on the authoritative Utah