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.

Limited Representation

ADOPTION OF LOCAL RULE D.C.COLO.LAttyR 2(b)(1) ALLOWING LIMITED REPRESENTATION OF UNREPRESENTED PRISONERS IN CIVIL ACTIONS

The U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado permits Limited Representation of unrepresented prisoners in civil actions.

Under the court's local rules – D.Colo.LAttyR 2, Standards of Professional Conduct – the U.S. District Court requires attorneys to follow professional ethics rules by adopting and incorporating into the court's local rules the Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct, with certain exceptions. One of those exceptions to the Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct is that the U.S. District Court generally does not permit Colorado state court practice of allowing limited representation of clients by attorneys.

The court specifically excludes, however, limited representation of unrepresented prisoners in civil actions, thereby narrowing the exception. In other words, effective December 1, 2014, this court modified its rules governing attorney conduct to permit a lawyer to provide limited scope legal services, in accordance with Colo.RPC 1.2(c), to unrepresented prisoners in civil actions. See D.Colo.LAttyR 2(b)(1). More information regarding the Limited Representation rule is available under the "Attorney Information" section of this website here.