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 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.


Notice To Attorneys - June 10, 2016

The eVoucher training class is designed to train users how to edit attorney and billing information, how to propose a first time expert and request authorization for expert services, and how to submit the following requests in eVoucher: CJA 20/30 payment, CJA 21/31 payment, CJA 24 authorization, and the travel authorization. This training session is worth one CLE credit hour.

Please bring the following information to the training class:

  • Attorney's billing information – bar #, tax id, email address, phone number, and office mailing address.

  • List of currently open cases including the case number and defendant's name.

  • List of experts being used with open CJA 21/31 authorizations including their name, email address, phone number, and mailing address.

  • Open requests to be entered into eVoucher – any vouchers you wish to submit to the court at this time.
  • Training sessions will be one hour long and held June 13th through June 30th. Please use the link below to sign up for eVoucher training. There are twelve computers in the training room, extra chairs will be provided for those who want to share a workstation. Training will be held on the first floor in the Alfred A. Arraj Courthouse in room A142, across the hall from the Clerk's office.

    eVoucher Training Signup


    A merit selection panel composed of attorneys and other members of the community will review the current service of incumbent Magistrate Judge Craig B. Shaffer, 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 22, 2016 unless otherwise directed by the Court, whether the incumbent is recommended for reappointment. View the Appointment Order.

    Upcoming Events

    FFA CLE: The District Court, By The Numbers with The Honorable Michael E. Hegarty - July 14

    The Faculty of Federal Advocates presents the following program on Thursday, July 14, from 12:00 noon to 1:15 p.m. in the Jury Assembly Room:
    Judge Hegarty will present the latest installment of statistics about cases litigated in the District of Colorado.
    2 General CLE Credits Pending.

    Visit the Faculty of Federal Advocates website HERE for more information and to register.

     

    FFA CLE: Unconscious Factors That Can Influence Ethical Decision-Making - June 24

    The Faculty of Federal Advocates presents the following program on Friday, June 24, from 12:00 noon to 1:15 p.m. in the Jury Assembly Room:

    "Psychoanalytic Observations on Unconscious Factors that can Influence Ethical Decision-Making by Lawyers and Judges in Lawsuits".

    Approval for ethics CLE credits is under review. Visit the Faculty of Federal Advocates website HERE for more information and to register.

     

    CM/ECF Training for E-Filing in Civil/Criminal Cases - July 13, 2016

    CM/ECF Training for e-filing in civil/criminal cases - July 13, 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) - June 29, 2016

    Attorney Case Opening Training (for civil cases) - June 29, 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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