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.

Court News

General Order 2021-1: FILING OF HIGHLY SENSITIVE DOCUMENTS

In response to recent disclosures of widespread breaches of both private sector and government computer systems, federal courts are adding new security procedures to protect highly sensitive documents filed with the courts. General Order 2021-1 outlines the procedures this Court has adopted for the filing of certain highly sensitive documents. The full text of General Order 2021-1 is available here.

 

Notice – Federal Rule Changes in Effect

Under the Rules Enabling Act, 28 U.S.C. §§ 2071-75, the following changes to the Federal Rules of Appellate, Bankruptcy, and Civil Procedure, and the Federal Rules of Evidence, took effect December 1, 2020:
-Civil Rule 30;
-Evidence Rule 404;
-Appellate Rules 35 and 40; and
-Bankruptcy Rules 2002, 2004, 8012, 8013, 8015, and 8021.

For more details, see the official submissions to Congress by the Chief Justice of all the rule amendments, available HERE.

Additionally, please be aware that there are no District of Colorado local rule revisions in effect.

 

Notice - Judicial Practice Standards (Criminal and Civil) Updates

Effective December 1, 2020 U.S. District Judges Philip A. Brimmer, Christine M. Arguello, William J. Martínez, and R. Brooke Jackson have published revised criminal and civil practice standards. They are listed under the respective judicial officer HERE. Please refer to the Judicial Practice Standards page for other revisions which may have been made recently.

 

Inflationary Fee Increases

At its March 2020 session, the Judicial Conference of the United States approved inflationary adjustments to various fees on the appellate, district, and bankruptcy court miscellaneous fee schedules, including an inflationary adjustment to the Administrative Fee for Filing a Civil Action, Suit or Proceeding in a District Court. As a result, the overall filing fee of a civil action has been raised to $402.00. These changes become effective December 1, 2020. For a complete list of current fees, visit the Schedule of Fees page HERE.

 

General Order 2020-20: Order Adopting Conditions of Supervision Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 3563 and 18 U.S.C. § 3583

This order supersedes General Order 2019-6 and adopts standard conditions for Probation and Supervised Release and modifies mandatory condition #3 for Probation and Supervised Release as it pertains to drug testing. The full text of GO 2020-20 is available HERE.

 

Civil Case Bills of Costs Procedures and Guide

Please visit the Bills of Costs - Guide and FAQs page HERE for the Bill of Costs Form, Instructions, and a comprehensive Hearing Officer’s Guide that explains all aspects of the procedures set by Local Civil Rule 54.1 – Taxation of Costs.

 

Announcement of the Reappointment of Part-Time Magistrate Judge Gordon P. Gallagher

The Judges of the United States District Court for the District of Colorado take great pleasure in announcing the reappointment of part-time United States Magistrate Judge Gordon P. Gallagher to a third term of four years effective October 12, 2020. A Merit Selection Panel comprised of Colorado attorneys and lay persons recently solicited comments from the public relative to Judge Gallagher's job performance. The Panel returned a unanimous recommendation to the Court for his reappointment.