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titleThe Guidelines define State Supreme Courthouses as follows:
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A building which houses the ultimate tribunal (or court of last resort) for a given state.

INCLUDES: a point for a single building, usually located in the city designated as the state capitol.

DOES NOT INCLUDE: Municipal and/or township level courts, tribal courts, county-level courts, federal courts, bankruptcy courts, or historical courthouse buildings that are not used for court functions.


What is a State Supreme Court?

A State Supreme Court is a type of appellate court (a state's court of last resort) and operates as the highest court within each state. As a result, there is typically only one state supreme court structure point for each state. State supreme courts rarely hold trials since their primary focus is the review of legal matters.

Please note that this feature class does not include state administration buildings.Nor does it include city, county, or federal level courthouses.

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here can I find authoritative lists of State Supreme Courts?

Most states maintain a state judiciary website (e.g., Colorado’s Judicial Branch website) that describes the state’s court system; such websites often include a separate page dedicated to the State Supreme Court.  
The National Center for State Courts (NCSC) and Courtreference.com may also contain information about State Supreme Court locations.

Check out our Authoritative Sources List for more on the types of sources that are acceptable.

Where do I place a State Supreme Court structure point?

State Supreme Courthouses typically consist of one large building, which are often in close proximity to the state’s capitol building. Volunteers should use information from state websites along with aerial imagery to identify which building houses the state’s supreme court, and then place the point on the center of this building.

How do I name a State Supreme Courthouse?

Similar to county courthouses, try to determine the name of the building. Contact information on government websites usually includes the building name with the address.  Our Name and Address Formatting Guide has a few examples of how to properly format a name for this structure type. Our User Guide also provides a thorough walkthrough of the courthouse naming process.