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

In the Matter of the Appointment of a Merit Selection Panel - Wednesday, October 18, 2017

In accordance with Volume 3, Chapter 4, § 420.30 of the Judicial Conference Regulations for the Selection, Appointment, and Reappointment of United States Magistrate Judges, the United States District Court for the District of Colorado is seeking applications for appointment to a merit selection panel.

Before the appointment or reappointment of a U.S. magistrate judge, the court, by majority vote of the district judges, must appoint a merit selection panel, which will recommend to the court for consideration individuals whose character, experience, ability, and commitment to equal justice under the law fully qualify them to serve as a U.S. magistrate judge.

The persons appointed to the merit selection panel will perform the duties prescribed by § 420.30.30 of the regulation and consider applicants for the position of United States Magistrate Judge for the District of Colorado. Magistrate Judge Michael J. Watanabe, the current incumbent, will be retiring effective July 1, 2018. The merit selection panel may also be appointed to review the reappointment of incumbent magistrate judges in the future as they arise.

The merit selection panel must have no fewer than seven members, including the court-appointed chairperson. At least two of the members must be non-lawyers.

Interested candidates for the Merit Selection Panel shall submit an application packet electronically in PDF format. The packet shall include a cover letter and current resume (optional) addressed to the Clerk of Court. The cover letter shall address the candidate’s interest in serving on the selection panel. Practicing attorneys are invited to encourage interested non-lawyers to apply. Applications must be submitted no later than close of business on November 9, 2017.

Submissions must be emailed to: cod_magistratejudge_2018submissions@


District General Order 2017-1: Order Adopting Durango and Grand Junction Protocol - Friday, October 06, 2017

Effective immediately, the Court has adopted the enclosed protocol for all criminal cases where the initial appearance is held in Durango or Grand Junction. General Order 2015-1 is hereby vacated.

View General Order 2017-1.


The United States District Court for the District of Colorado announces proposed amendments to its local rules and invites public comment under 28 U.S.C. §2071(b), Fed. R. Civ. P. 83(a), and Fed. R. Crim. P. 57(a).

The proposed amendments can be found by selecting the link below, or by visiting the local rules page on the U.S. District Court website, under the "Local Rules of Practice Open for Comment" column. A copy of the proposed amendments may also be obtained at the office of the Clerk of the Court at the Alfred A. Arraj U.S. Courthouse. For comment purposes the rules are posted on the website with both a clean draft and a redlined version.

All comments must be submitted no later than October 19, 2017. Please submit comments to or mail them to the Clerk of the Court, United States District Court, Attn: Legal Officer, Alfred A. Arraj U.S. Courthouse, 901 19th Street, Denver, Colorado 80294. Please identify the specific local rule to which your comment(s) relate.

Thank you in advance for your input.

Local Rules of Practice Open for Comment


Appointment of New Members to Committee on Conduct - Monday, September 18, 2017

The District Court has selected Ann Marie Byers and Peter B. Goldstein as new members of the Committee on Conduct to replace two term-limited members, N Reid Neureiter and John Lebsack. An order signed by Chief Judge Marcia S. Krieger on September 14, 2017, reflecting that decision as well as the composition, terms, and officers of the Committee can be found HERE.


Pilot Program to Locate a Full-time Magistrate Judge In the Pueblo Jury Division - Friday, August 11, 2017
The U.S. District Court provides the following notice and opportunity for public comment about the August 9, 2017 approval of a pilot program.  The pilot program directs that a full-time magistrate judge be located in the Pueblo jury division (JD4) beginning on or after January 1, 2018.  See the attached pilot program for details, or visit the office of the clerk at the Alfred A. Arraj U.S. Courthouse for a copy. 

A thirty-day comment period will commence with the date of this Public Notice, with comments due no later than the close of business hours of the office of the clerk [5:00 p.m. Mountain Time] on Monday, September 11, 2017.  Comments should be submitted by electronic mail to the following address:; or by U.S. mail to: Legal Officer, U.S. District Court, Alfred A. Arraj U.S. Courthouse, 901 19th Street, Denver, CO 80294.


Download Pilot Program to Locate a Full-time Magistrate Judge In the Pueblo Jury Division (JD4).