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

System Maintenance - July 25, 2016

This system will be unavailable starting on Tuesday, July 26th at 6:00 pm for approximately two hours for scheduled maintenance. This maintenance will include the Attorney Services Portal.


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 is currently one upcoming vacancy on the Committee. The term of the appointment is three years and will commence on or about October 1, 2016. Committee members should expect to serve two terms. Applications are due by close of business on August 5, 2016. More information and application instructions may be found HERE.


The United States District Court for the District of Colorado is pleased to announce the selection of Scott T. Varholak as a United States Magistrate Judge. He will occupy a new full-time magistrate judge position in Denver that was authorized for the District by the Judicial Conference of the United States in September 2015. Mr. Varholak has extensive litigation experience, including his current role as an Assistant Federal Public Defender in the District of Colorado.

Mr. Varholak's appointment is subject to a required background investigation. To assist the Court with the selection process, the Court appointed a seven member Magistrate Judge Selection Panel that reviewed submissions received from numerous applicants. From this applicant pool, the Selection Panel made its recommendation to the Court of the candidates it determined were most qualified to serve. Each of the candidates was interviewed by the judges of the court before it made its final selection. The Court thanks the members of the Selection Panel for their service.


The U.S. District Court has been notified by the Colo. Supreme Court's Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel that it has become aware of an email phishing scam targeting attorneys in many states, including Colorado. Emails are being sent to lawyers purporting to notify them of disciplinary action.

View the Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel's Notice HERE.


System Maintenance - June 16, 2016

This system will be intermittently unavailable on Saturday, June 18th from 12:00pm - 8:00pm for scheduled maintenance. This maintenance will include the Attorney Services Portal.

Upcoming Events

Attorney Case Opening Training (for civil cases) - August 3, 2016

Attorney Case Opening Training (for civil cases) - August 3, 2016 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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CM/ECF Training for E-Filing in Civil/Criminal Cases - August 17, 2016

CM/ECF Training for e-filing in civil/criminal cases - August 17, 2016 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. 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.

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Attorney Case Opening Training (for civil cases) - July 27, 2016

Attorney Case Opening Training (for civil cases) - July 27, 2016 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.

 read more ...