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 2020-14: COURT OPERATIONS DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

This General Order modifies certain dates in General Order 2020-10. Effective immediately, all civil and criminal trials scheduled to commence now through September 4, 2020 before any district or magistrate judge in any courthouse in the District of Colorado are CONTINUED subject to further order of the presiding judicial officer, with the exception of certain pilot trials as authorized by the chief judge. GO 2020-14 is available HERE.

 

JURY TRIAL PROTOCOLS

The U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado has adopted the following protocols for conducting jury and bench trials in the Arraj and Rogers Courthouses in Denver during the COVID-19 pandemic. The protocols are available HERE.

 

General Order 2020-12: EXTENSION OF CARES ACT FINDINGS REGARDING CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS

This General Order extends the authority in GO 2020-4 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.  GO 2020-12 is available HERE.

 

General Order 2020-11: COURT OPERATIONS DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC - GRAND JUNCTION AND COLORADO SPRINGS

This General Order guides jury operations in Grand Junction and Colorado Springs beginning on August 3, 2020.  GO 2020-11 is available HERE.

 

General Order 2020-10: COURT OPERATIONS DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

This General Order guides Court operations beginning on June 22, 2020, and supersedes General Orders 2020-1, 2020-3, 2020-8, and 2020-9 on that date. Beginning June 22, 2020 all entrants to courthouses are required to wear a mask or face covering that covers the user's nose and mouth when entering the courthouses and at all times within the courthouses, including common areas, elevators, hallways, stairwells, courtrooms, witness waiting rooms, and bathrooms. Entrants are also required to maintain six feet of distance between themselves and other people within the courthouses. Jury trials scheduled to commence now through July 31, 2020, except for certain pilot trials selected by the Chief Judge, are continued subject to further order of the presiding judicial officer. The Clerk's Office and the Probation Offices remain closed to public entry. The full text of GO 2020-10 is available HERE.

 

Clerk’s Office Counter Closed due to COVID-19 (Amended 4/24/2020)

Pursuant to General Order 2020-3, the district court clerk’s office intake counter is closed to public entry beginning Monday, March 30, 2020 until further notice. Attorneys, and pro se parties authorized to file electronically, shall continue filing using CM/ECF. Filing information for parties that are not required to file electronically, and information regarding all payments not made using Pay.gov, is included in the attachment 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.