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

Finalists for Magistrate Judge Positions Selected - Tuesday, May 22, 2018

The United States District Court for the District of Colorado is pleased to announce the selection of S. Kato Crews and N. Reid Neureiter as United States Magistrate Judges. Both selectees have extensive litigation experience; Mr. Crews is currently a partner at Hoffman Crews Nies Waggener & Foster LLP, and Mr. Neureiter currently serves Of Counsel with Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell LLP. Mr. Crews will fill the vacancy created by Magistrate Judge Shaffer's upcoming retirement at the end of May, and Mr. Neureiter will fill the vacancy created by Magistrate Judge Watanabe's retirement at the end of June.

Each selectee's appointment is subject to a required background investigation. To assist the Court with the selection process, the Court appointed a nine member Magistrate Judge Selection Panel that reviewed submissions received from numerous applicants. From this applicant pool, the Selection Panel made its recommendations 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 selections. The Court thanks the members of the Selection Panel for their service.

 

Retirement of Magistrate Judge Shaffer - Friday, March 30, 2018

After 17 years of service to the Court, Magistrate Judge Craig B. Shaffer has announced his intention to retire with an effective date of May 31, 2018. The Court intends to fill the vacancy created by Magistrate Judge Shaffer's retirement by considering the applications that have already been received by the Court for the vacancy created by Magistrate Judge Watanabe's impending retirement. An order expanding the role of the Merit Selection Panel appointed to address the vacancy created by Magistrate Judge Watanabe's retirement, to also include the vacancy created by Magistrate Judge Shaffer's retirement, is available HERE.

 

2017 ANNUAL REPORT OF THE CIVIL PRO BONO PANEL PROGRAM - Friday, February 09, 2018

Under D.C.COLO.LAttyR 15 - CIVIL PRO BONO REPRESENTATION, the U.S. District Court's Standing Committee on Pro Se Litigation is responsible for implementing the Civil Pro Bono Panel program. As part of its mission, the Standing Committee reports annually to the court on the status of the program. D.C.COLO.LAttyR 15(b)(2). The 2017 Annual Report can be viewed HERE.

 

ORDER APPOINTING MAGISTRATE JUDGE SELECTION PANEL - Thursday, February 01, 2018

The Court has been informed that Magistrate Judge Michael J. Watanabe will retire effective July 1, 2018, and has received authorization to fill the vacancy created by his retirement. Accordingly, the Court has selected members to serve on the Merit Selection Panel for the upcoming vacancy. Read more HERE.

 

2018 State of Court Presentation - Thursday, January 25, 2018

The Honorable Marcia S. Krieger, Chief Judge, United States District Court for the District of Colorado, will be presenting on the state of the United States District Court on Thursday, February 1, 2018 from 8-30-9:30. The presentation will be held in the Jury Assembly Room of the Alfred A. Arraj Courthouse. The presentation will include information regarding case trends and statistics as well as recent and future planned initiatives of the Court. Members of the media are welcome to attend. The use of cameras or any kind of recording device is prohibited within the courthouse. The presentation is being hosted by the Faculty of Federal Advocates: http://www.facultyfederaladvocates.org/current-events/.

 

Press Release: Better Access to the Federal Courts for Southeast Colorado - Tuesday, January 23, 2018

To provide improved federal court access for the residents of Southeastern Colorado, the United States District Court for the District of Colorado is pleased to announce the adoption of a Pilot Program to relocate a full-time magistrate judge to the Court’s Colorado Springs facility located at 212 N. Wahsatch Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80903. The Court is concluding renovations to this facility and it is anticipated that Magistrate Judge Kathleen M. Tafoya will relocate to the Colorado Springs courthouse the week of February 5, 2018. Read more HERE.

 

DISTRICT OF COLORADO PANEL ATTORNEY APPLICATIONS ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED - Tuesday, January 09, 2018

The District of Colorado Criminal Justice Act Standing Committee is accepting applications for the felony and misdemeanor Panels of attorneys. Eligibility requirements are set out in the District of Colorado Criminal Justice Act Plan Section VI, Part E.

Applications must be received no later than March 9, 2018. This is a hard deadline. No exceptions will be made. The applications can be found at www.COCJA.org.

 

Application Period for Magistrate Judge Vacancy Opens January 2, 2018 - Wednesday, December 27, 2017

The Judicial Conference of the United States has authorized the appointment of a full-time United States Magistrate Judge for the District of Colorado. The magistrate judge application period is open from January 2, 2018 to February 1, 2018. The current annual salary of the position is $188,692. The term of office is eight (8) years.

A full public notice for the magistrate judge position is posted in the office of the clerk of the district court, located in the Alfred A. Arraj U.S. Courthouse, 901 19th Street, Room A-105, Denver, CO 80294. The notice is also available HERE. The application form is available HERE.

Interested persons may contact Mrs. Louise Wilson, Director, Human Resources Division, at 303-335-2490 for additional information.

 

Pilot Program to Create and Locate a Clinic to Assist Pro Se Litigants - Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The U.S. District Court provides the following notice and opportunity for public comment about the December 6, 2017 approval of a pilot program. The pilot program directs the creation, location, and operation of a clinic to assist pro se litigants in the Alfred A. Arraj United States Courthouse beginning on or after March 1, 2018.

Under this program, the Colorado Bar Association (CBA) will partner with the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado (Court) to pilot a pro se assistance project consisting primarily of operation of a pro se clinic. With a grant from the Court, the CBA will hire an experienced staff attorney to provide consultations, brief advice about drafting pleadings, discovery, answers to discovery, motions and oppositions to motions for non-prisoner pro se litigants at the Court. This staff attorney will work with the CBA’s Internet Technology Department to create and maintain a website with legal information for pro se litigants with U.S. District Court cases. As CBA staff, the attorney will use resources of the CBA, including supervision, malpractice insurance, a benefits package, computer hardware and connectivity, and a cloud-based case management system and support. An advisory committee, consisting of representatives of the Colorado Lawyers Committee, lawyers experienced in federal court cases, and a court representative will provide technical consultation in federal law and procedure.

The Court will initially fund this program using the Court's attorney admission fees, and thereafter, by a $50 biennial assessment collected from attorneys. Collection of the new fee will commence in 2018.

A thirty-day comment period will commence with the date of the Public Notice issued December 13, 2017, with comments due no later than the close of business hours of the office of the clerk [5:00 p.m. Mountain Time] on Friday, January 12, 2018. 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.

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