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

The Court offers the appended Guidelines and Checklist as a resource for judicial officers, attorneys and parties in civil actions involving electronically stored information. Counsel and parties are encouraged to consult and review the Guidelines and Checklist in all such actions.

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A merit selection panel composed of attorneys and other members of the community will review the current service of incumbent Magistrate Judge David L. West, as part-time magistrate judge and other experience, the comments from members of the bar and public, and other evidence of the incumbent’s good character, experience, ability, and commitment to equal justice under the law. The Panel shall submit their report to the Court on or before August 21, 2015 unless otherwise directed by the Court, whether the incumbent is recommended for reappointment.

View the appointment order


A merit selection panel composed of attorneys and other members of the community will review the current service of incumbent Magistrate Judge Kathleen M. Tafoya, as magistrate judge and other experience, the comments from members of the bar and public, and other evidence of the incumbent’s good character, experience, ability, and commitment to equal justice under the law. The Panel shall submit their report to the Court on or before August 21, 2015 unless otherwise directed by the Court, whether the incumbent is recommended for reappointment.

View the appointment order


The United States District Court for the District of Colorado has revised  Local Criminal Rule 11.1(b) - Pleas, following publication of the proposed rule change and an opportunity for public comment in accordance with 28 U.S.C. § 2071 and Fed. R. Crim. P. 57.  The revision to D.C.COLO.LCrR 11.1(b) facilitates implementation of the “Durango and Grand Junction Protocol."   Accordingly, the District Court's Local Rules as a whole are revised and reflect the amendment to D.C.COLO.LCrR 11.1(b).  The revised rules become effective May 15, 2015.

The amendment to D.C.COLO.LCrR 11.1(b) in final form, as well as the redline/strikeout version, can be found by visiting the link below.

Visit the Local Rules Page


The current term of office of part-time United States Magistrate David L. West for the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, is due to expire on January 7, 2016.  Magistrate Judge West sits in Durango, Colorado.   The United States District Court is required by law to establish a panel of citizens to consider the reappointment of the magistrate judge to a new four-year term.  Written comments from members of the bar and the public are invited as to whether the incumbent magistrate judge should be recommended by the panel for reappointment by the court.  Click the link above for more details and instructions on submitting comments.

Upcoming Events

Naturalization Ceremony July 31, 2015 at noon
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 noon on July 31, 2015.

 

Attorney Case Opening Training (for civil cases) - July 22, 2015

Attorney Case Opening Training (for civil cases) - July 22, 2015 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.


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