The United States District Court
District of Colorado

Hon. Philip A. Brimmer, 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

Applications Now Being Accepted for 2020 District of Colorado Criminal Justice Act Panel

Applications must be submitted by January 31, 2020. Eligibility requirements and application instructions may be found HERE.

 

Notification to All Attorneys and Staff

As of August 30, 2019, unless otherwise notified, all hearings for Magistrate Judge S. Kato Crews will be held in Courtroom 201 (C201) in the Byron G. Rogers Courthouse at 1929 Stout Street, Denver, CO 80294.

As of September 6, 2019, unless otherwise notified, all hearings for Magistrate Judge N. Reid Neureiter will be held in Courtroom 203 (C203) in the Byron G. Rogers Courthouse at 1929 Stout Street, Denver, CO 80294.

 

Appointment of New Members to Committee on Conduct

The District Court has selected Edward R. Harris, Valeria N. Spencer, Patrick D. Tooley, and Sara C. Van Deusen as new members of the Committee on Conduct to replace Suneeta Hazra, David P. Hersh, Jeffrey S. Pagliuca, and Robert W. Pepin. An order signed by Chief Judge Philip A. Brimmer on September 5, 2019, reflecting that decision as well as the composition, terms, and officers of the Committee can be found HERE.

 

General Order 2019-6: Order Adopting Standard Conditions of Supervision Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 3563 and 18 U.S.C. § 3583

The United States District Court for the District of Colorado hereby adopts the following standard conditions for Probation and Supervised Release. Effective July 16, 2019, these conditions will be considered in conjunction with imposition of sentences in criminal cases. GO 2019-6 is available HERE.

 

General Order 2019-5: In Re Motions to Vacate Convictions under 28 U.S.C. §2255

Pursuant to the provisions of the Criminal Justice Act, Title 18, U.S.C. §3006A(a)(1) and (c), and the discretion of the Court, the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Districts of Colorado and Wyoming is hereby appointed to represent any defendant who may qualify for federal habeas relief under 28 U.S.C. § 2255 in light of Rehaif v. United States, ___U.S. ___, 2019 WL 2552487 (June 23, 2019). GO 2019-5 is available HERE.

 

General Order 2019-4: In Re Establishment of a Clinic to Assist Pro Se Litigants in the Alfred A. Arraj Courthouse

Having established the efficacy of the Pro Se Clinic, the Court approves its continued operation in accordance with the terms of the agreement with the Colorado Bar Association. GO 2019-4 is available HERE.

 

General Order 2019-3: In Re Location of a Full-time Magistrate Judge in the Pueblo Jury Division (JD4)

Having now established the efficacy of doing so, the Court approves the location of a full-time magistrate judge in the Pueblo jury division (JD4). GO 2019-3 is available HERE.

 

Notice - Judicial Practice Standards (Criminal and Civil) for U.S. District Judge Daniel D. Domenico

Effective July 1, 2019 U.S. District Judge Daniel D. Domenico has published his criminal and civil practice standards. They are available HERE.

 

Notice - Judicial Practice Standards (Civil) for U.S. District Judge Raymond P. Moore

Effective August 1, 2019, U.S. District Judge Raymond P. Moore has new Civil Practice Standards. Please visit Judicial Officers / Active Article III Judges / Hon. Raymond P. Moore on this website, also available here.

 

Committee on Conduct Opportunities for Interested Attorneys

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). There are currently four upcoming vacancies on the Committee. For more information, please see the attached announcement.

 

The District of Colorado Mourns the Death of Senior United States District Judge Richard P. Matsch

It is with great sadness that the United States District Court for the District of Colorado announces the death of Senior United States District Judge Richard P. Matsch. Judge Matsch died on May 26, 2019. President Richard M. Nixon appointed Judge Matsch to the United States District Court for the District of Colorado in 1974. He served as Chief Judge for the District of Colorado from 1994 to 2000. A private ceremony will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Southeastern Community College, Matsch Brothers Scholarship Fund, 1500 W. Agency Rd., West Burlington, Iowa 52655. Cards and letters may be sent to Judge Matsch's chambers address. A formal press release is available HERE.

 

General Order 2019-2: In Re: Assignment of AP Cases for Pre-Merits Management

Upon the passing of Senior Judge Wiley Y. Daniel, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:  Effective May 22, 2019, and in accordance with D.C.COLO.LCivR 40.1 and D.C.COLO.LAPR 10.3, all pending and future AP cases will be assigned to either Senior Judge Marcia S. Krieger or Senior Judge Robert E. Blackburn for pre-merits management. General Order 2015-3 is hereby vacated. GO 2019-2 is available HERE.

 

The District of Colorado Welcomes United States District Judge Daniel D. Domenico

United States District Judge Daniel D. Domenico was sworn in to office on the afternoon of May 16, 2019 by Chief Judge Philip A. Brimmer.  A formal investiture ceremony will be planned for a later date.  Judge Domenico’s chambers are located in A-738 of the Alfred A. Arraj Courthouse and he is assigned to courtroom A-702.  Chamber’s telephone number is: 303-335-2468.   Cases assigned to Judge Domenico will be identified on the docket by his initials DDD.

 

 

The District of Colorado Mourns the Death of Senior United States District Judge Wiley Y. Daniel

It is with great sadness that the United States District Court for the District of Colorado announces the death of Senior United States District Judge Wiley Y. Daniel. Judge Daniel died on May 10, 2019. Judge Daniel's Memorial Service will be on Saturday, June 8th at 10:00 at Park Hill United Methodist Church. Additional info here. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial, tax-deductible donations to The Daniel Family Fund of The Denver Foundation, 55 Madison St., 8th floor, Denver, CO 80206. Online donations accepted here (select "Daniel Family Fund" in the list at the bottom of the page). Cards and letters may be mailed or delivered to Judge Daniel's chambers here in the Arraj Courthouse. A formal press release is available HERE.

 

General Order 2019-1: In Re First Step Act of 2018 Retroactive Application of Fair Sentencing Act

Pursuant to the provisions of the Criminal Justice Act, Title 18, U.S.C. § 3006A(a)(1) and (c), the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the District of Colorado is hereby appointed to provide an initial advisement of the application of the First Step Act to all defendants convicted in this District who may be eligible for retroactive relief under Section 404 of the Act, and may pursue relief on behalf of eligible defendants. GO 2019-1 is available HERE.

 

Biennial $50 Fee Update

Beginning Monday, Oct. 1, 2018 through Monday, Dec. 31, 2018 AND EXTENDED THROUGH JAN. 31, 2019, the U.S. District Court will begin collecting a $50.00 fee from all USDC members admitted before Oct. 1 (this includes US Bankruptcy Court bar members) that will be imposed every two years.  The fee will be used to fund the Federal Pro Se Clinic (see Aug. 16, 2018 Press Release). Please note that the fee is waived for attorneys employed by the United States government and serving in a legal capacity for it. For more information on how to pay the fee, how to determine if you are a bar member, or other bar membership matters, visit the Attorney Services Portal page of this website.

 

Notice

**Effective January 1, 2019** The Clerk’s Office will only accept up to $5.00 in loose or rolled coins for payment of fees related to federal cases or any other office business.

 

Upcoming Events

Naturalization Ceremony - November 22, 2019

Courtroom A-201, Alfred A. Arraj U.S. Courthouse - U.S. District Judge Robert E. Blackburn

The U.S. District Court conducts ceremonies for those individuals requesting a name change as part of their naturalization process to become a U.S. Citizen. All questions regarding the naturalization process should be directed to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) at 1-800-375-5283, 12484 E Weaver Pl, Centennial, CO 80111, or contact the USCIS here.

 

Faculty of Federal Advocates presents:

"The Ethics of Representing Clients with Diminished Capacity"
Tuesday, November 19, 2019, 12 NOON - 1:15 p.m.

Alfred A. Arraj Courthouse,
901 19th Street, Denver,
Jury Assembly Room
2 General/ 1.5 Ethics CLE Credits approved.

Presented by MICHAEL A. KIRTLAND, J.D., LL.M., CELA - KIRTLAND & SEAL, LLC, COLORADO SPRINGS

 

Faculty of Federal Advocates presents:

"A Fireside Chat with Colorado's U.S. Attorney and Federal Public Defender"
Thursday, December 12, 2019, 12 NOON - 1:15 p.m.

Alfred A. Arraj Courthouse,
901 19th Street, Denver,
Jury Assembly Room
2 General CLE Credits approved.

Presented by U.S. Attorney Jason Dunn and Federal Public Defender Virginia Grady – the two will discuss a variety of issues relevant to both criminal and civil practitioners