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.

Attorney Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Attorney FAQs

 

How do I become a member of the bar of the Court?

You can now do so electronically from the court's website. You must first create an "Attorney Services Portal Account." To create an attorney portal account, open the “General Attorney Information page” located under the red "Attorney Information" bar.  You will be guided through the process of becoming a bar member, obtaining a CM/ECF login and password for electronic filing, and downloading your Certificate of Admission.  Payment is made through Pay.gov. Your Attorney Services Portal Account will also allow you to request Certificates of Good Standing and submit changes to your contact information.


Does the court allow pro hac vice admissions to the bar?

No. To appear as counsel of record in any case, an attorney must be a member of the bar.


Do I need to associate with local counsel or be a member of the Colorado state bar to become a bar member?

No.


How long does it take to process my application?

The process usually takes one to two business days.

 

How am I notified that my membership in the bar has been approved?

You will be notified by email when the process is complete.

 

What is the process to become a bar member for an attorney working for the federal government?

If you are employed as an attorney for the federal government, and serving in a legal capacity for it, you will be admitted as a provisional member of the bar when you submit an application for admission through your Portal Account. Your provisional membership expires once you no are longer employed by the federal government. If you are associated with a federal agency in the District of Columbia, in addition to the street address, please provide Division, Unit and P.O. Box, if applicable, so you can be linked to an existing “firm” address in CM/ECF.


What do I have to do to maintain my membership in the bar?

You need only remain in good standing in all courts and licensing jurisdictions where admitted and remain on active status in at least one licensing jurisdiction. You cannot practice in this court or bankruptcy court if you are not active in at least one licensing jurisdiction.  As noted, there is a one-time renewal fee of $50 for any member of the bar admitted before January 1, 2013, who is not employed by the federal government.


How do I find out the date I was admitted to the bar and if I am in good standing?

You can find the information on the “Attorney Status” link, which can be found within the “Quick Links” box.


Does the Court issue bar numbers?

No.


How do I obtain a Certificate of Good Standing or a Letter of Disciplinary History?

You can now obtain a Certificate of Good Standing electronically from the Court's website. If you have not done so, you must first create an "Attorney Services Portal Account." To create a Portal account, use the Portal account link on the General Attorney Information page located under the red "Attorney Information" bar. Once you have requested a certificate via your Portal account, your good standing has been confirmed, and payment made via Pay.gov, you will be notified by email that your certificate is available to be downloaded from your Portal account. Unless you have a disciplinary past, all certificates will include a statement of no disciplinary history. If you are not in good standing with the court, you will not be issued a certificate or a refund. Check your bar status using the "Attorney Status" link within the box styled "Quick Links."


How do I register for an electronic case filing account?

You must first create an "Attorney Services Portal Account." To create a Portal account, use the Portal account link on the General Attorney Information page located under the red "Attorney Information" bar.  You will be emailed a login within one business day of registration. We cannot process same day requests.


If I have forgotten my login and/or password, how can I retrieve them?

You must first create an Attorney Services Portal Account if you have not done so already. To create a portal account, use the Portal account link on the General Attorney Information page located under the red "Attorney Information" bar. Through your Portal account you can retrieve your CM/ECF username only. We do not have access to your current CM/ECF password. The username will allow you to request a reset of your password from a link at the bottom of the CM/ECF/Pacer login page. An email will be sent to the primary email address only with a link that will permit you to reset your password in CM/ECF.

Please note that the U.S. Bankruptcy Court and U.S. District Court require separate CM/ECF logins. A CM/ECF login and password for the U.S. District Court will not work with the Bankruptcy Court.


How do I change my primary or secondary email addresses?

Primary and secondary email addresses can be managed by logging into CM/ECF, opening "Utilities," and then opening "Maintain Your Email."


How do I change my contact information?

You can now submit changes in your contact information electronically from the Court's website. To do so, you must create an Attorney Services Portal Account if you have not done so already. To create a Portal account, use the Portal account link on the General Attorney Information page located under the red "Attorney Information" bar.


If I change law firms, do I need to register for a new login and password?

No. Your login and password are personal to you just as your signature is. You do not need to register a second time. You can change your password by logging into CM/ECF, opening "Utilities" and then "Maintain Your Password." You cannot change your login.


How long does it take to receive my login once I register for ECF?

If you are already a member of the court’s bar, you will receive a confirming email the following business day.  If you are not a member of the bar, processing time takes one to two business days.


Where can I obtain more information about electronic case filing?

See the Electronic Case Filing in the United States District Court for the District of Colorado page for more information regarding electronic filing, including an online tutorial site.