Monday, February 20, 2012

Albany County Courthouse, Laramie Wyoming.

This is the Albany County Courthouse in Laramie, Wyoming. The courthouse was built in 1931, and is typical for government buildings of that era, which were generally affecting a more "modern" appearance.

This courthouse is one of two courthouses serving the Wyoming's 2nd Judicial District, the other being in Rawlins Wyoming. This courthouse also serves as the seat of the county government and the seat of the Circuit Court for Albany County. The courthouse is perhaps unique in Wyoming in that the presence of the University of Wyoming's College of Law means that it has a bit more student interaction than some other courts.

 Second Judicial District's courtroom.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Joseph C. O'Mahoney Federal Courthouse, Cheyenne Wyoming

This poor photograph depicts the Joseph C. O'Mahoney Federal Courthouse in Cheyenne. This is the central Federal Courthouse for the District of Wyoming. This modern office style building contains several courtrooms within it.

This photograph depicts the building from its front, which is not how it is normally photographed. The photograph is a poor one. The building was built in 1965 and is located across an intersection from the Wyoming Supreme Court. Observant viewers will note that it is also across the street from Cathedral Square, which is the block upon which the Catholic Cathedral, St. Mary's Cathedral, is located. On the right hand of the photo you can see the First Presbyterian Church which is across the street from the courthouse. The Wyoming State Capitol is a block away.

Wyoming Supreme Court

This is the courthouse of the Wyoming Supreme Court in Cheyenne, Wyoming. The Courthouse is located directly across from the State Capitol building, although it faces the Hathaway building.

This classically styled courthouse has been in use for quite some time, but I neglected to get the date of its construction at the time these photos were taken. The building is generally from the 1930s, and it bears a bit of a resemblance to the former Natrona County Courthouse in Casper Wyoming, which was built of similar materials, and a similar style, during the 1930s. Like that courthouse, this one also features reliefs in the building, although they are less prominent than those in the Natrona County Courthouse. The Wyoming Supreme Court building recently underwent renovations.

This courthouse not only contains the courtroom where oral arguments are heard, but it also contains the court offices and the State Law Library. It sits on a city block in downtown Cheyenne, and is the only structure on the block. Next to the Capitol building, it is the single most impressive state building in Cheyenne.

The Wyoming Supreme Court is the chief court of the Wyoming court system. There is no intermediate court of appeal from District Courts. District Courts, however, do serve as appellate courts for the Circuit Court. Appeals in Wyoming are by right for all matters in the District and Circuit Courts.