1. We are only collecting county courthouses and state supreme court locations. We are not collecting specialty courts like bankruptcy or federal courts.
A County Courthouse is typically found in the county seat and may or may not include county government. Also, the name may or may not include the words 'County Courthouse.' It must be the location of the highest level ACTIVE court in the county, typically the county court, circuit court, or district court. It is also possible, but not typical, that there is more than one courthouse building in the county seat or in the county, especially in populous counties. It does not include historical courthouse buildings that do NOT function as an active court.
**For more detailed information on the specific types of courthouses we are collecting, see the Structures List
2. We are only collecting courthouse buildings, not individual courts within a courthouse. If there are multiple courts operating out of a single building, only one point should be collected for that building.
Exception: If the State Supreme Court and a County Courthouse occupy the same building, a point should be collected for each.
A county, district, circuit, superior, or other trial level court must occupy the building for it to be collected. If a courthouse ONLY contains municipal or juvenile courts, it should not be collected.
3. We are only collecting courthouses that contain an active, functioning court. If a courthouse building is still standing but no longer functions as an active court (such as an historical courthouse), it should not be collected.
If a building houses court administrative activities, but not court rooms, it should not be collected.