United States District Court for the District of Colorado
Vacancy warning level
The United States District Court for the District of Colorado's vacancy warning level is currently set at green. The court currently has no vacancies with all seven posts filled.
The court is based out of Denver at the Alfred A. Arraj United States Courthouse.
The District of Colorado has original jurisdiction over cases filed within its jurisdiction. These cases can include civil and criminal matters that fall under federal law.
|Federal Court Case Load Statistics*|
|Year||Starting case load:||Cases filed:||Total cases:||Cases terminated:||Remaining cases:||Median time(Criminal)**:||Median time(Civil)**:||3 Year Civil cases#:||Vacant posts:##||Trials/Post|
|*All statistics are taken from the Official Federal Courts' Website and reflect the calendar year through September. **Time in months from filing to completion.|
#This statistic includes cases which have been appealed in higher courts. ##This is the total number of months that any judicial posts had spent vacant that year.
The District of Colorado has one official courthouse with regard to contact information, though judge's chambers may be located in any of three federal courthouses. The official clerk of court is Gregory C. Langham. The Clerk's office is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., excluding Federal holidays. Contact information is as follows:
Alfred A. Arraj United States Courthouse, Room A105
901 19th Street
Denver, Colorado 80294-3589
Civil Division: (303) 844-3433
Criminal Division: (303) 844-2115
CVB/Petty Offense: (303) 844-5475
Jury: (800) 359-8699
Judges can be contacted at the addresses listed on the Official District of Colorado Contact Page.
The District of Colorado was established by Congress on June 26, 1876, with one post to cover the entire state. Over time, six additional judicial posts were added for a total of seven current posts.
The following table highlights the development of judicial posts for the District of Kansas:
|June 26, 1876||19 Stat. 61||1|
|February 10, 1954||68 Stat. 8||2|
|May 19, 1961||75 Stat. 80||3|
|June 2, 1970||84 Stat. 294||4|
|October 20, 1978||92 Stat. 1629||6|
|July 10, 1984||98 Stat. 333||7|
For a searchable list of opinions, please see Opinions for the District of Colorado.
| • Qwest CEO case (2010) Judge(s):Marcia Krieger|
*United States v. Nacchio 1082-1 : 1:05-CR-00545-MSK-1
|On January 11, 2010, Judge Krieger denied a new trial for former Qwest CEO Joseph Nacchio on insider trading charges. The judge denied the request despite Nacchio's legal team claiming that the testimony of former Qwest Chief Financial Officer Robin Szeliga, in a civil lawsuit related to the case, found that the former CEO did not engage in insider trading. Krieger disallowed the request on the basis that the testimony in the civil trial was not different from the criminal trial and did not had enough evidence beyond a reasonable doubt to reverse the conviction. |
- United States District Court for the District of Colorado Official Website
- Opinions for the District of Colorado
- United States Attorney for the District of Colorado Official Website
- Judges of the District of Colorado
|2.1 Active Judges|
|2.1.1 Article III judges|
|2.1.2 Pending appointments|
|2.1.3 Senior judges|
|2.2 Past judges|
|2.2.1 Former Chief judges|
|2.2.2 Former judges|
Article III judgesThe United States District Court for the District of Colorado has 7 posts. This is a list of the current judges on the court:
|Chief Judge Marcia Krieger||1954||W. Bush||1/30/2002 - Present||1/1/2013 - Present||Daniel Sparr||Lewis and Clark College, B.A., 1975||U. of Colorado Law, J.D., 1979|
|Judge Robert Blackburn||1950||Lakewood, CO||W. Bush||3/6/2002 - Present||Zita Weinshienk||Western State College, B.A., 1972||U. of Colorado Law, J.D., 1974|
|Judge Christine Arguello||1955||Thatcher, CO||W. Bush||10/21/2008 - Present||Walker Miller||U. of Colorado, B.S., 1977||Harvard Law, J.D., 1980|
|Judge Philip Brimmer||1959||Rawlins, WY.||W. Bush||10/14/2008 - Present||Lewis Babcock||Harvard, A.B., 1981||Yale Law, J.D., 1985|
|Judge R. Brooke Jackson||1947||Bozeman, MT||Obama||8/2/2011 - Present||Phillip Figa||Dartmouth '69||Harvard Law '72|
|Judge William J. Martinez||1954||Mexico City, Mexico||Obama||12/21/2010 - Present||Edward Nottingham||U. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, B.Sc. & B.A., 1977||U. of Chicago Law, J.D., 1980|
|Judge Raymond P. Moore||1953||Boston, MA||Obama||3/23/2013 - Present||Wiley Daniel||Yale, B.A., 1975||Yale Law, J.D., 1978|
There are no current pending appointments for the United States District Court for the District of Colorado.
Senior judgesSee: Federal judges on senior status
The United States District Court for the District of Colorado has 5 judges on senior status currently. This is a list of the current senior judges on the court:
|Senior judge Richard Matsch||Nixon||3/8/1974 - 7/1/2003||1994 - 2000||7/1/2003 - Present||U. of Michigan, A.B., 1951||U. of Michigan Law, J.D., 1953|
|Senior judge John Kane||Carter||12/16/1977 - 4/8/1988||4/8/1988 - Present||U. of Colorado, B.A., 1958||U. of Denver Law, J.D., 1960|
|Senior judge Walker Miller||Clinton||7/25/1996 - 4/1/2008||4/1/2008 - Present||U. of Colorado Law, LL.B., 1963||U. of Chicago Law, LL.M., 1965|
|Senior Judge Lewis Babcock||Reagan||10/17/1988 - 4/4/2008||2000 - 2007||4/4/2008 - Present||U. of Denver, B.A., 1965||U. of Denver Law, J.D., 1968|
|Senior Judge Wiley Daniel||Clinton||6/30/1995 - 1/1/2013||2008 - 2013||1/1/2013 - Present||Howard U., B.A., 1968||Howard U. Law, J.D., 1971|
|Magistrate judge David West||2004 - Present||Colorado College, B.A.||U. of Colorado at Boulder Law, J.D.|
|Magistrate judge Kathleen Tafoya||09/11/2007 - Present||U. of Colorado School of Law, J.D.|
|Magistrate judge Kristen Mix||08/06/2007 - Present||U. of Colorado Law, J.D., 1985|
|Magistrate judge Michael Hegarty||02/15/2006 - Present|
|Magistrate judge Craig Shaffer||Tulane University, 1979|
|Magistrate judge Boyd Boland||02/2000 - Present||Columbia, 1980|
|Magistrate judge Michael Watanabe||02/12/1999 - Present|
|Magistrate judge Gordon Gallagher||10/12/2012 - Present|
Former Chief judges
|William Knous||1954 - 1959|
|Fred Winner||1976 - 1982|
|Sherman Finesilver||1982 - 1994|
|Alfred Arraj||1959 - 1976|
|Wiley Daniel||2008 - 2013|
|Lewis Babcock||2000 - 2007|
|Richard Matsch||1994 - 2000|
|Edward Nottingham||2007 - 2008|
In order to qualify for the office of Chief Judge in one of the federal courts, a judge must have been in active service on the court for at least one year, be under the age of 65, and have not previously served as Chief Judge. A vacancy in the office of Chief Judge is filled by the judge highest in seniority among the group of qualified judges. The Chief Judge serves for a term of seven years or until age 70, whichever occurs first. The age restrictions are waived if no members of the court would otherwise be qualified for the position. Unlike the Chief Justice of the United States, a Chief Judge returns to active service after the expiration of his or her term and does not create a vacancy on the bench by the fact of his or her promotion. See 28 U.S.C. § 45.
These rules for Chief Judges in the federal judiciary have been in effect since October 1, 1982. The office of Chief Judge was created in 1948. Until August 6, 1959, the position was filled in each federal court by the longest-serving judge who had not elected to retire on what has since 1958 been known as senior status or declined to serve as Chief Judge. From then until 1982 it was filled by the senior such judge who had not turned 70.
|Magistrate judges||David West • Kathleen Tafoya • Kristen Mix • Michael Hegarty • Craig Shaffer • Boyd Boland • Michael Watanabe • Gordon Gallagher •|
|Former Article III judges||
Moses Hallett • William E. Doyle • Edward Nottingham • Zita Weinshienk • John Porfilio • Robert E. Lewis • John Foster Symes • Olin Chilson • Alfred Arraj • Jean Breitenstein • James Carrigan • Phillip Figa • Sherman Finesilver • Daniel Sparr • Fred Winner • William Knous •
|Former Chief judges|