General Bar Admission Information
Attorneys seeking to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado must become members of the bar by completing an Application for Admission to the Bar of the Court (“Application”). The Court does not accept pro hac vice applications. Eligibility is limited to persons licensed by the highest court of a state, federal territory or the District of Columbia, who are on active status, and in good standing in all courts and jurisdictions where admitted. Other than the 2013 one-time renewal fee described below, there are no yearly dues or continuing legal education requirements, and an attorney’s membership is valid unless and until terminated by the Court. An attorney need not be a member of the Colorado bar or associated with local counsel to practice here.
All applications for admission to the Court's Bar must be submitted by completion of an electronic form, through the Court’s Attorney Services Portal on the Court’s website. Registration for the Court’s Case Management/Electronic Case Filing System (CM/ECF) can be completed simultaneously, allowing for speedy access to the Court’s filing system for new and existing attorneys. A link to the Portal is provided below and requires creation of an individual online account for all attorneys. You may also submit an online application through the Attorney Services Portal, by visiting the Clerk’s Office in the Alfred A. Arraj Courthouse, 901 19th St., Denver Colorado, 80294. Completion of the form must be accompanied by a $211.00 fee, paid online from a bank account or by credit/debit card through Pay.gov, a service of the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
There is also a $50.00 One-Time Renewal fee, excluding members of the Bar admitted after December 31, 2012 and members of the Bar employed by a federal government agency.
The online application form ensures the accuracy of attorney contact information and also allows attorneys to perform a variety of functions – they may register for the Electronic Case Filing System, change their contact information, and order certificates of good standing or duplicate bar admission certificates. The Court will issues a downloadable Certificate of Admission after successful completion of the online application form and review by
Court staff of the online admission form, and the applicant will receive an e-mail confirmation.
Regarding the mandatory 2013 One-Time Renewal Fee of $50, on the Attorney Services Portal is the Renewal Application Packet described in the District Court’s Civil Pro Bono Pilot Project. Current members of the Bar are required to create their Attorney Services Portal Account to update their contact information, if necessary, and pay the $50.00 fee through Pay.gov.
PLEASE NOTE -- THERE IS NO PRO HAC VICE ADMISSION IN THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO.
Attorney Services Portal -- for Online Admission Form, ECF Registration, and 2013 Attorney Renewal Packet
Attorney Change of Contact Information Form (Please visit Attorney Services Portal)
Courtroom Technology Manual for Attorneys