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.

Pro Se E-Filing Instructions

The United States District Court for the District of Colorado upgraded its CM/ECF (Case Management/Electronic Case Filing) software to the Next Generation (NextGen) of CM/ECF effective August 2, 2021.
CM/ECF is the system that allows you to electronically file and receive documents in your court case. Now that this upgrade is complete, you access CM/ECF via the PACER (Public Access to Court Electronic Records) website when you need to electronically file documents in your court case.

There is no longer a separate District of Colorado Pro Se E-Filing Registration form.

  • You must have your own upgraded PACER account to file in your case.
  • Per Local Rule LCivR 5.1(b)(3) and the court's ECF CIVIL PROCEDURES v. 6.1, section 2.2(b), you must have a current, open civil case before you will be allowed to e-file.
  • Per Local Rule LCrR 49.1 (b)(2) and (3), pro se parties cannot e-file in criminal cases.

The instructions below are for NON-ATTORNEY (also referred to as "UNREPRESENTED PARTIES" or "PRO SE" parties) who are registering for e-filing in the U.S. District Court, District of Colorado. Refer to these instructions while completing the Non-Attorney Filers for CM/ECF online application in PACER.

NOTE - If You Are Already An E-Filer And Have Upgraded Your ECF Account To Pacer - To add yourself as an e-filer in a new, open case that you initiated by submitting a complaint and being assigned a case number, send an e-mail to