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

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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U.S. DISTRICT COURT LOCAL RULES REVISIONS EFFECTIVE DECEMBER 1, 2017 - Monday, November 20, 2017

The United States District Court for the District of Colorado reviewed and approved revisions to its Local Rules which become effective December 1, 2017.

The Advisory Committee on the Local Rules of Practice and Procedure in 2017 continued its review of public suggestions and comments for improvements to the local rules. In the 2017 rules cycle the Committee efforts included refinements to the initial review process for unrepresented parties and prisoners; the making of further adjustments to the limited representation procedure made available for all parties in 2016; an assortment of new administrative provisions that will contribute to more efficient case administration; and several amendments to attorney practice rules.

The amendments can be found in final form and redline/strikeout versions by visiting the link below.

Visit the Local Rules page

 

District General Order 2017-1: Order Adopting Durango and Grand Junction Protocol - Friday, October 06, 2017

Effective immediately, the Court has adopted the enclosed protocol for all criminal cases where the initial appearance is held in Durango or Grand Junction. General Order 2015-1 is hereby vacated.

View General Order 2017-1.
 

Upcoming Events

CM/ECF Training for e-filing in civil/criminal cases - February 14, 2018

CM/ECF Training for e-filing in civil/criminal cases - February 14, 2018 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:

  • Overview of useful documents/tools (i.e. ECF User Manual, mailing info, Event Report) 
  • Overview/discussion of ECF procedures including document retention, service/certificates of service, electronic signatures, technical problems, timeliness of filing, restricted documents, etc.
  • Adding/changing e-mail addresses for noticing
  • Native PDF documents
  • How to retrieve electronically filed documents
  • Hands on practice in e-filing into ECF

Click here to register for a class.


 

Attorney Case Opening Training (for civil cases) - January 24, 2018

Attorney Case Opening Training (for civil cases) - January 24, 2018 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.