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

Notice - Thursday, December 06, 2018

**Effective January 1, 2019** The Clerk’s Office will only accept up to $5.00 in loose or rolled coins for payment of fees related to federal cases or any other office business.

 

Federal Rule Revisions Effective December 1, 2018 - Friday, November 30, 2018

The bar and the public are advised that several federal civil, criminal, appellate and bankruptcy  rule changes are expected to go in effect Dec. 1, 2018. Please see the U.S. Court's Rules page for more information here. There is no impact on the U.S. District Court - Colorado local rules, but a memorandum explaining the federal rule changes and how the U.S. District Court's local rules anticipated many of those changes is available here.

 

Biennial $50 Fee - Monday, October 01, 2018
Beginning Monday, Oct. 1, 2018 through Monday, Dec. 31, 2018 the U.S. District Court will begin collecting a $50.00 fee from all USDC members admitted before Oct. 1 (this includes US Bankruptcy Court bar members) that will be imposed every two years.  The fee will be used to fund the Federal Pro Se Clinic (see Aug. 16, 2018 Press Release).  Please note that the fee is waived for attorneys employed by the United States government and serving in a legal capacity for it. For more information on how to pay the fee, how to determine if you are a bar member, or other bar membership matters, visit the Attorney Services Portal page of this website.  

Finalist for Part-Time Magistrate Judge in Durango Selected: - Friday, September 07, 2018

The United States District Court for the District of Colorado is pleased to announce the selection of James M. Candelaria for appointment as a part-time United States Magistrate located in Durango, Colorado.  Mr. Candelaria has served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Durango branch office for the past 15 years, and has supervised that office for the past 10 years.   Prior to becoming a federal prosecutor, Mr. Candelaria served in the civil division of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Colorado.  Before joining the U.S. Attorney's Office, Mr. Candelaria worked as an Associate Attorney for Senn, Lewis and Visciano, P.C.    Mr. Candelaria will fill the vacancy created by Magistrate Judge West's retirement at the end of December.

Mr. Candelaria's appointment is subject to a required background investigation. To assist the Court with the selection process, the Court appointed a seven member Magistrate Judge Selection Panel that reviewed submissions received from numerous applicants. From this applicant pool, the Selection Panel made its recommendations to the Court of the candidates it determined were most qualified to serve. Each of the candidates was interviewed by the judges of the court before it made its final selections. The Court thanks the members of the Selection Panel for their service.

 

New Judgeships Video - Thursday, July 19, 2018

The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts has endorsed the need for additional judgeships in the District of Colorado. Learn more about the District's judicial needs, and the impacts of not having them satisfied, in this video.

 

Retirement of Magistrate Judge Watanabe - Monday, July 02, 2018

After more than 19 years of service, Magistrate Judge Michael J. Watanabe retired from the Court on June 30, 2018. The Court has selected Mr. N. Reid Neureiter to fill Magistrate Judge Watanabe's vacancy; Mr. Neureiter is currently undergoing the necessary background check for his appointment. In the interim, counsel and parties may continue to use the same chambers telephone number (303-844-2403) and chambers email account (watanabe_chambers@cod.uscourts.gov) to communicate regarding cases previously assigned to Magistrate Judge Watanabe.

 

New Federal Pro Se Clinic to Provide Better Access to Justice for Unrepresented Litigants - Thursday, June 21, 2018

The Rocky Mountains’ first federal pro se clinic staffed and operated by the Colorado Bar Association, will formally open in Denver on June 29, 2018. With funding and critical support from the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, the Federal Pro Se Clinic will improve access to justice in our federal courts, benefiting litigants as well as the court.  Read more HERE.

 

Retirement of Magistrate Judge Shaffer - Tuesday, June 05, 2018

After more than 17 years of service, Magistrate Judge Craig B. Shaffer retired from the Court on May 31, 2018. The Court has selected Mr. S. Kato Crews to fill Magistrate Judge Shaffer's vacancy; Mr. Crews is currently undergoing the necessary background check for his appointment. In the interim, Magistrate Judges Rankin and Carman, both from the District of Wyoming, will continue to handle the cases previously assigned to Magistrate Judge Shaffer. Counsel and parties may continue to use the same chambers telephone number (303-844-2117) and chambers email account (shaffer_chambers@cod.uscourts.gov) to communicate regarding these cases.

 

Finalists for Magistrate Judge Positions Selected - Tuesday, May 22, 2018

The United States District Court for the District of Colorado is pleased to announce the selection of S. Kato Crews and N. Reid Neureiter as United States Magistrate Judges. Both selectees have extensive litigation experience; Mr. Crews is currently a partner at Hoffman Crews Nies Waggener & Foster LLP, and Mr. Neureiter currently serves Of Counsel with Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell LLP. Mr. Crews will fill the vacancy created by Magistrate Judge Shaffer's upcoming retirement at the end of May, and Mr. Neureiter will fill the vacancy created by Magistrate Judge Watanabe's retirement at the end of June.

Each selectee's appointment is subject to a required background investigation. To assist the Court with the selection process, the Court appointed a nine member Magistrate Judge Selection Panel that reviewed submissions received from numerous applicants. From this applicant pool, the Selection Panel made its recommendations to the Court of the candidates it determined were most qualified to serve. Each of the candidates was interviewed by the judges of the court before it made its final selections. The Court thanks the members of the Selection Panel for their service.

 

2017 ANNUAL REPORT OF THE CIVIL PRO BONO PANEL PROGRAM - Friday, February 09, 2018

Under D.C.COLO.LAttyR 15 - CIVIL PRO BONO REPRESENTATION, the U.S. District Court's Standing Committee on Pro Se Litigation is responsible for implementing the Civil Pro Bono Panel program. As part of its mission, the Standing Committee reports annually to the court on the status of the program. D.C.COLO.LAttyR 15(b)(2). The 2017 Annual Report can be viewed HERE.

 

2018 State of Court Presentation - Thursday, January 25, 2018

The Honorable Marcia S. Krieger, Chief Judge, United States District Court for the District of Colorado, will be presenting on the state of the United States District Court on Thursday, February 1, 2018 from 8-30-9:30. The presentation will be held in the Jury Assembly Room of the Alfred A. Arraj Courthouse. The presentation will include information regarding case trends and statistics as well as recent and future planned initiatives of the Court. Members of the media are welcome to attend. The use of cameras or any kind of recording device is prohibited within the courthouse. The presentation is being hosted by the Faculty of Federal Advocates: http://www.facultyfederaladvocates.org/current-events/.

 

Press Release: Better Access to the Federal Courts for Southeast Colorado - Tuesday, January 23, 2018

To provide improved federal court access for the residents of Southeastern Colorado, the United States District Court for the District of Colorado is pleased to announce the adoption of a Pilot Program to relocate a full-time magistrate judge to the Court’s Colorado Springs facility located at 212 N. Wahsatch Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80903. The Court is concluding renovations to this facility and it is anticipated that Magistrate Judge Kathleen M. Tafoya will relocate to the Colorado Springs courthouse the week of February 5, 2018. Read more HERE.

 

DISTRICT OF COLORADO PANEL ATTORNEY APPLICATIONS ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED - Tuesday, January 09, 2018

The District of Colorado Criminal Justice Act Standing Committee is accepting applications for the felony and misdemeanor Panels of attorneys. Eligibility requirements are set out in the District of Colorado Criminal Justice Act Plan Section VI, Part E.

Applications must be received no later than March 9, 2018. This is a hard deadline. No exceptions will be made. The applications can be found at www.COCJA.org.

 

Pilot Program to Create and Locate a Clinic to Assist Pro Se Litigants - Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The U.S. District Court provides the following notice and opportunity for public comment about the December 6, 2017 approval of a pilot program. The pilot program directs the creation, location, and operation of a clinic to assist pro se litigants in the Alfred A. Arraj United States Courthouse beginning on or after March 1, 2018.

Under this program, the Colorado Bar Association (CBA) will partner with the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado (Court) to pilot a pro se assistance project consisting primarily of operation of a pro se clinic. With a grant from the Court, the CBA will hire an experienced staff attorney to provide consultations, brief advice about drafting pleadings, discovery, answers to discovery, motions and oppositions to motions for non-prisoner pro se litigants at the Court. This staff attorney will work with the CBA’s Internet Technology Department to create and maintain a website with legal information for pro se litigants with U.S. District Court cases. As CBA staff, the attorney will use resources of the CBA, including supervision, malpractice insurance, a benefits package, computer hardware and connectivity, and a cloud-based case management system and support. An advisory committee, consisting of representatives of the Colorado Lawyers Committee, lawyers experienced in federal court cases, and a court representative will provide technical consultation in federal law and procedure.

The Court will initially fund this program using the Court's attorney admission fees, and thereafter, by a $50 biennial assessment collected from attorneys. Collection of the new fee will commence in 2018.

A thirty-day comment period will commence with the date of the Public Notice issued December 13, 2017, with comments due no later than the close of business hours of the office of the clerk [5:00 p.m. Mountain Time] on Friday, January 12, 2018. Comments should be submitted by electronic mail to the following address: LocalRule_Comments@cod.uscourts.gov; or by U.S. mail to: Legal Officer, U.S. District Court, Alfred A. Arraj U.S. Courthouse, 901 19th Street, Denver, CO 80294.

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Upcoming Events

Naturalization Ceremony - December 28, 2018

Courtroom C-201, Alfred A. Arraj U.S. Courthouse - U.S. District Judge Raymond P. Moore

 

The U.S. District Court conducts ceremonies for those individuals requesting a name change as part of their naturalization process to become a U.S. Citizen. All questions regarding the naturalization process should be directed to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) at 1-800-375-5283, 12484 E Weaver Pl, Centennial, CO 80111, or contact the USCIS here.