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.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance

General Order 2022-9: EXTENSION OF CARES ACT FINDINGS REGARDING CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS

This General Order extends the authority in GO 2020-8, as subsequently extended in GO 2020-12, GO 2020-17, GO 2020-22, GO 2021-4, GO 2021-7, GO 2021-11, GO 2021-12, GO 2022-2, and GO 2022-6 that provides for video and/or telephonic conferencing of certain criminal proceedings under § 15002 of the Corona Virus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) for an additional 90-day period. The full text of General Order 2022-9 is available HERE.

 

General Order 2022-4: Court Operations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

This General Order guides Court operations effective April 11, 2022 and supersedes General Order 2022-3. Mask wearing requirements for entrants to any courthouse or U.S. Probation Office in Denver, Colorado Springs, Durango and Grand Junction are discontinued. However, judicial officers, at their discretion, may institute more protective rules regarding mask wearing in their courtrooms. Therefore, all entrants to any courthouse or U.S. Probation Office are advised to have a mask on their person. The full text of General Order 2022-4 is available HERE.

 

Jury Trial Protocols - Revised March 8, 2022

Effective March 8, 2022 the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado has adopted the following revised protocols for conducting jury and bench trials in the Arraj and Rogers Courthouses in Denver following the February 24, 2022 recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ("CDC") regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. The revised protocols are available here.

 

Case No. 20-mc-00064-PAB IN RE MATTER OF CERTAIN ADMINISTRATIVE AND CIVIL FORFEITURE PROCEEDINGS

An order extending certain statutory deadlines for notice of administrative asset forfeitures and actions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The full order is available HERE.

 

General Order 2020-7: COMPASSIONATE RELEASE UNDER SECTION 603(b) OF THE FIRST STEP ACT OF 2018

Pursuant to the Criminal Justice Act, 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 represent any defendant convicted in this District, who was previously determined to have been entitled to appointment of counsel or who is now indigent, to decide whether the defendant is eligible to petition the Court for compassionate release under Section 603(b) of the First Step Act of 2018, 18 U.S.C. §§ 3582(c) and (d), and, where appropriate, to file a motion for compassionate release. GO 2020-7 is available HERE.

 

General Order 2020-4: CARES ACT FINDINGS REGARDING CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS

Provides for video and/or telephonic conferencing of certain criminal proceedings under § 15002 of the Corona Virus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). GO 2020-4 is available HERE.