Introduced in Civ4
Cost[1]120 Hammer
Espionage+2 Espionage (only in C4bts)
RequiresCode of Laws
Special Abilities

Replaced by Sacrificial Altar (only in C4w and C4bts)
Replaced by Rathaus (only in C4bts)

Replaced by Ziggurat (only in C4bts)



"As kingdoms and empires expanded, it became increasingly difficult for the rulers to maintain control over the more distant regions of their realm. To ensure that the far-flung cities of the empire contributed their expected share of duties and taxes to the government, rulers constructed courthouses to help unify their domains. These local centers of government meted out justice and helped preserve order in the midst of the furthest wilderness."


"Courthouses lower city maintenance costs and are required to build the Forbidden Palace national wonder. Courthouses help manage the cost of controlling large empires."


In the city screen press the following icon to start Courthouse construction:

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See also


  1. Cost depends on Game Speed. Quick: 80 Hammer, Epic: 180 Hammer, Marathon: 360 Hammer.
  2. This special ability affects every version of the game, but appears only in C4bts.
  3. ^ 3,0 3,1 This special ability affects only in C4bts.