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 current term of office of part-time United States Magistrate Gordon P. Gallagher for the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, is due to expire on October 11, 2016. Magistrate Judge Gallagher sits in Grand Junction, Colorado. The United States District Court is required by law to establish a panel of citizens to consider the reappointment of the magistrate judge to a new four-year term. Written comments from members of the bar and the public are invited as to whether the incumbent magistrate judge should be recommended by the panel for reappointment by the court. Click the link above for more details and instructions on submitting comments.


The U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado is now accepting applications for an additional full-time Magistrate Judge to be located in Denver, Colorado. The application process is open from January 15, 2016, through 5:00 p.m. February 29, 2016.

Full Public Notice

Application Form


Please be aware that effective December 1, 2015:

  • Civil Rules 1, 4, 16, 26, 30, 31, 33, 34, 37, 55, and 84, and the Appendix of Forms have been substantially revised.

Significant changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure focus on changes in case management and discovery deadlines, the scope of discovery, and sanctions for discovery violations.

The text of the amended rules and extensive supporting documentation are posted on the Judiciary's website at: http://www.uscourts.gov/rules-policies/current-rules-practice-procedure.


The United States District Court for the District of Colorado reviewed and approved revisions to its Local Rules which become effective December 1, 2015. The Advisory Committee on the Local Rules of Practice in the 2015 rules cycle considered 16 proposals or suggestions from the bar and the public submitted in 2015, and addressed 9 matters continued from previous years. The Advisory Committee's work in the 2015 cycle focused on conversion of the magistrate judge direct assignment pilot program into corresponding local rules; and refinements to the criminal rules (sentencing and restricted documents), the AP rules (forms of pleadings and case management), and the court's attorney rules (discipline matters).

The amendments can be found in final form and redline/strikeout versions by visiting the link below.

Visit the Local Rules page


Please see the attached Order appointing the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Districts of Colorado and Wyoming. For questions on Johnson relief, please contact the Office of the Federal Public Defender directly, at 303-294-7002.

General Order 2015-4

Upcoming Events

CM/ECF Training for E-Filing in Civil/Criminal Cases - March 9, 2016

CM/ECF Training for e-filing in civil/criminal cases - March 9, 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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Rules Amendments Roadshow, March 4, 2016

Reinventing Case Management and Discovery Under the 2015 Civil Rules Amendments.

Presented by the American Bar Association Section of Litigation and the Duke Law Center for Judicial Studies; the Faculty of Federal Advocates is a supporting presenter.

March 4, 2016
8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Jury Assembly Room
Alfred A. Arraj U.S. Courthouse
901 19th St., Downtown Denver

For more information, and to register, please contact:
"Rules Amendments Roadshow": at: 
www.frcpamendments2015.org
CLE Credit Pending

 

Faculty of Federal Advocates Breakfast CLE, February 11, 2016

The Honorable Marcia S. Krieger, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court - Annual State of the Court Address

Date & Location:
February 11, 2016
8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m., The Jury Assembly Room
The Alfred A. Arraj U.S. Courthouse
901 19th St., Downtown Denver

For more information, and to register, e-mail pmurphyffa@aol.com;
or mail to Faculty of Federal Advocates, PO Box 12025, Denver, CO 80212-0025;
or phone: 303-455-0927. Visit here for more information.
2 general CLE credits.

 

Attorney Case Opening Training (for civil cases) - February 17, 2016

Attorney Case Opening Training (for civil cases) - February 17, 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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Faculty of Federal Advocates CLE, February 19 and March 4, 2016: TRIAL ADVOCACY SKILLS WORKSHOP

The Faculty of Federal Advocates offers its Annual Federal Court Trial Advocacy Skills Workshop, with two full-day sessions. Participants will prepare and present a personal injury or fraud case at a mock trial. Attendance is required for both full day sessions.

Date/Time & Location:
February 19, 2016, 9:00 am - noon, 1:00 - 4:30 pm
March 4, 2016, 9:00 am - noon, 1:30 - 4:30 pm
Alfred A. Arraj U. S. Courthouse, 901 19th St. and
The U. S. Customs House, 721 19th St.

For more information, and to register, contact:
Chad S. Caby, Esq., at Lewis Roca Rothgerber (303) 628-9583
Visit here for more information.
14 general CLE credits and 1 ethics credit have been applied for.