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

A merit selection panel composed of attorneys and other members of the community will review the current service of incumbent Magistrate Judge Craig B. Shaffer, as magistrate judge and other experience, the comments from members of the bar and public, and other evidence of the incumbent's good character, experience, ability, and commitment to equal justice under the law. The Panel shall submit their report to the Court on or before August 22, 2016 unless otherwise directed by the Court, whether the incumbent is recommended for reappointment. View the Appointment Order.


On May 20, 2016 the Court approved a new Criminal Justice Act Panel Plan. The new Plan will go into effect on July 20, 2016. View the new plan here.


The District of Colorado is in the process of implementing the new CJA eVoucher System. The CJA eVoucher System is a web-based program for the submission, monitoring, and management of all Criminal Justice Act (CJA) functions. Once fully implemented, all CJA-related motions, requests, and vouchers must be submitted through eVoucher. However, before we can begin making payments out of eVoucher we must close out the vouchers in our old system. Accordingly, the last day that we will accept paper vouchers submitted via CM/ECF is Friday, May 13, 2016. Read more about eVoucher implementation HERE.


The current term of office of United States Magistrate Judge Craig B. Shaffer for the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, Denver, Colorado, is due to expire on January 17, 2017. 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 eight-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.


Due to existing needs in courts in Grand Junction and Durango, the CJA Panel is accepting applications from attorneys qualified who live within the geographical vicinity of those courts.

The application is available HERE.

Completed applications can be e-mailed to the Chairman of the Standing Committee, David Kaplan at: dkaplan@hmflaw.com by May 5, 2016.

Upcoming Events

Attorney Case Opening Training (for civil cases) - June 29, 2016

Attorney Case Opening Training (for civil cases) - June 29, 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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CM/ECF Training for E-Filing in Civil/Criminal Cases - June 8, 2016

CM/ECF Training for e-filing in civil/criminal cases - June 8, 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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