The United States District Court
District of Colorado

Hon. Marcia S. Krieger, Chief Judge
Jeffrey P. Colwell Esq., Clerk of Court

Our mission is to serve the public by providing a fair and impartial forum that ensures equal access to justice in accordance with the rule of law, protects rights and liberties of all persons, and resolves cases in a timely and efficient manner.

Court News

PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO LOCAL RULES AND INVITATION TO COMMENT - Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The United States District Court for the District of Colorado announces proposed amendments to its local rules and invites public comment under 28 U.S.C. §2071(b), Fed. R. Civ. P. 83(a), and Fed. R. Crim. P. 57(a).

The proposed amendments can be found by selecting the link below, or by visiting the local rules page on the U.S. District Court website, under the "Local Rules of Practice Open for Comment" column. A copy of the proposed amendments may also be obtained at the office of the Clerk of the Court at the Alfred A. Arraj U.S. Courthouse. For comment purposes the rules are posted on the website with both a clean draft and a redlined version.

All comments must be submitted no later than October 19, 2017. Please submit comments to LocalRule_Comments@cod.uscourts.gov or mail them to the Clerk of the Court, United States District Court, Attn: Legal Officer, Alfred A. Arraj U.S. Courthouse, 901 19th Street, Denver, Colorado 80294. Please identify the specific local rule to which your comment(s) relate.

Thank you in advance for your input.

Local Rules of Practice Open for Comment

 

Appointment of New Members to Committee on Conduct - Monday, September 18, 2017

The District Court has selected Anne Marie Buyers and Peter S. Goldstein as new members of the Committee on Conduct to replace two term-limited members, N Reid Neureiter and John Lebsack. An order signed by Chief Judge Marcia S. Krieger on September 14, 2017, reflecting that decision as well as the composition, terms, and officers of the Committee can be found HERE.

 

Pilot Program to Locate a Full-time Magistrate Judge In the Pueblo Jury Division - Friday, August 11, 2017
The U.S. District Court provides the following notice and opportunity for public comment about the August 9, 2017 approval of a pilot program.  The pilot program directs that a full-time magistrate judge be located in the Pueblo jury division (JD4) beginning on or after January 1, 2018.  See the attached pilot program for details, or visit the office of the clerk at the Alfred A. Arraj U.S. Courthouse for a copy. 

A thirty-day comment period will commence with the date of this Public Notice, with comments due no later than the close of business hours of the office of the clerk [5:00 p.m. Mountain Time] on Monday, September 11, 2017.  Comments should be submitted by electronic mail to the following address: LocalRule_Comments@cod.uscourts.gov; or by U.S. mail to: Legal Officer, U.S. District Court, Alfred A. Arraj U.S. Courthouse, 901 19th Street, Denver, CO 80294.

 

Download Pilot Program to Locate a Full-time Magistrate Judge In the Pueblo Jury Division (JD4).

 

Committee on Conduct Vacancy Announcement - Monday, July 17, 2017

The United States District Court is seeking applications for appointment to the court's Committee on Conduct. The Committee on Conduct presides over attorney disciplinary matters, as defined in D.C.COLO.LAttyR 6(c). The Committee investigates and acts upon complaints against members of this court’s bar, applications for reinstatement or readmission, petitions for relief from the rule of good standing, and matters involving attorney disability. There are currently two upcoming vacancies on the Committee. The term of the appointment is three years and will commence on or about October 1, 2017.  Committee members should expect to serve two terms. Applications are due by close of business on August 11, 2017.  More information and application instructions may be found HERE.

 

New Interpleader Funds Procedures Effective April 1, 2017 - Friday, March 31, 2017

The Administrative Office of the United States Courts developed a central investment option, Disputed Ownership Fund (DOF), in the Court Registry Investment System (CRIS) to facilitate courts’ compliance with tax reporting requirements for interpleader funds deposited under 28 U.S.C. § 1335.

Pursuant to D.C.COLO.LCivR 67.2, all funds shall be tendered to the court for deposit into, and disbursement from, CRIS only by court order, and movants shall provide to the clerk a copy of the order authorizing deposit or disbursement. Accordingly, two new electronic case filing events were created to support procedures for deposit and disbursement of interpleader funds:

·         Motion for Interpleader Deposit (28 U.S.C. Section 1335), and

·         Motion for Interpleader Disbursement (28 U.S.C. Section 1335).

A proposed order specifying the amount of money and identifying the funds as interpleader funds under 28 U.S.C. § 1335 will be filed as an attachment to these two motions. Proposed orders to disburse funds shall also include the payee's full name and complete address.

Please note that funds deposited and disbursed from the court’s registry which are not defined as interpleader funds under 28 U.S.C. § 1335 will continue to be filed using events:

·         Motion to Deposit Funds, and

·         Motion for Release of Funds.

 

Upcoming Events

Attorney Case Opening Training (for civil cases) - October 18, 2017

Attorney Case Opening Training (for civil cases) - October 18, 2017 from 9am to 11am in Room A142 on the 1st Floor of the Alfred A. Arraj U.S. Courthouse in Denver.

The training program provides attorneys and their staff the knowledge necessary to open a new civil case in the Court's electronic filing system. Topics include:

  • Overview of useful documents (i.e. ECF Procedures, ECF User Manual, and Attorney Case Opening Manual)
  • Opening the case in ECF
  • Adding Civil Cover sheet information
  • Searching for and adding parties
  • Filing the initiating document (i.e. complaint, notice of removal, etc.)
  • Paying the filing fee via Pay.gov

Click here to register for a class.

 

CM/ECF Training for E-Filing in Civil/Criminal Cases - October 4, 2017

CM/ECF Training for e-filing in civil/criminal cases - October 4, 2017 from 9am to 11am in Room A142 on the 1st Floor of the Alfred A. Arraj U.S. Courthouse in Denver.

The training program provides attorneys and their staff with the knowledge necessary to use the electronic filing system. The presentation is oriented towards civil filings but there will be discussion on filing in criminal cases as well. Topics include:

  • How to prepare documents for electronic filing
  • How to file electronically to ECF
  • How to retrieve electronically filed documents
  • How to change your noticing options
  • What to do if you have difficulties filing electronically
  • Overview of ECF procedures including document retention, service, electronic signatures, and system requirements

Click here to register for a class.

 

Naturalization Ceremony September 29, 2017

The bureau of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) processes all naturalization applications and provides the Court with a list of the candidates selected to be naturalized in the Federal Court. The ceremony usually takes place in the Alfred A. Arraj courthouse (address at bottom of page) in courtroom A201 beginning at 1:00 PM on September 29, 2017. Applicants are asked to arrive at noon.