Judicial District 12 is part of the Colorado State Judicial Branch, offering various judicial and legal services. The district mainly serves six counties, including Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, Mineral, Rio Grande and Saguache. Colorado State Judicial Branch has 22 judicial districts that have several district courts. The judicial branch joins the legislative and executive branches to form the government for the state of Colorado. It is charged with two responsibilities, such as resolving disputes and supervising offenders on probation. The district courts hear a variety of cases, including felony criminal matters, civil claims and juvenile matters, such as adoption, dependency and neglect matters, juvenile delinquency, and paternity actions. The courts also handle probate, mental health, divorce proceedings, and water cases.