United States District Court for the District of Colorado

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District of Colorado
Tenth Circuit
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Chief:KriegerJudges:7
Posts:7Vacancies:0
Active judges
ArguelloBlackburnBrimmerJacksonMartinezMoore
Senior Judges
BabcockDanielKaneMatschMiller
Magistrate Judges
BolandGallagherHegartyMixShafferTafoyaWatanabeWest
Former Judges
Key:
(Numbers indicate % of seats vacant.)
0%0%-10%
10%-25%25%-40%
More than 40%
Contents
1 Court
1.1 Vacancy warning level
1.2 Jurisdiction
1.2.1 Cases heard
1.2.2 Case load
1.3 Clerk's office
1.4 History
1.4.1 Court history
1.4.2 Judicial posts
1.4.3 Notable decisions
1.4.4 Federal courthouse
1.5 Major news
1.6 See also
1.7 External links
1.8 References
2 Judges

The United States District Court for the District of Colorado is the United States district court whose jurisdiction is the state of Colorado.

The United States Attorney for the District of Colorado represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court. The current district attorney is John F. Walsh .[1]

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.

Jurisdiction

The Counties of Colorado (click for larger map)

The jurisdiction of the District of Colorado consists of all the counties in the state of Colorado.

The court is based out of Denver at the Alfred A. Arraj United States Courthouse.

When decisions of the court are appealed, they are appealed to the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals based in downtown Denver at the Byron White Federal Courthouse.

Cases heard

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.

Case load

Federal Court Case Load Statistics*
YearStarting case load:Cases filed:Total cases:Cases terminated:Remaining cases:Median time(Criminal)**:Median time(Civil)**:3 Year Civil cases#:Vacant posts:## Trials/Post
2012 3096428273784153 32258.85.582 (3.4%)025
2011 3181419873794302 307795.758 (2.8%)12.722
2010 3091406171524001 31519.75.860 (2.7%)2425
2009 3010395969693903 306696.364 (2.8%)2320
2008 2871363765083491 30177.96.985 (3.8%)20.423
2007259235596151348226698.76.990 (4.3%)020
*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.
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Clerk's office

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

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Judges can be contacted at the addresses listed on the Official District of Colorado Contact Page.

History

Court history

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.[3]

Judicial posts

The following table highlights the development of judicial posts for the District of Kansas:

Year Statute Total Seats
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
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Notable cases

For a searchable list of opinions, please see Opinions for the District of Colorado.


See also

External links

References

District of Colorado
Tenth Circuit
Fedbadgesmall.png
Chief:KriegerJudges:7
Posts:7Vacancies:0
Active judges
ArguelloBlackburnBrimmerJacksonMartinezMoore
Senior Judges
BabcockDanielKaneMatschMiller
Magistrate Judges
BolandGallagherHegartyMixShafferTafoyaWatanabeWest
Former Judges
Key:
(Numbers indicate % of seats vacant.)
0%0%-10%
10%-25%25%-40%
More than 40%
Contents
1 Court
2 Judges
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

Active judges

Article III judges

JudgeBornHomeAppointed byActiveChiefPreceededBachelorsLaw
Chief Judge Marcia Krieger1954W. Bush 1/30/2002 - Present1/1/2013 - PresentDaniel SparrLewis and Clark College, B.A., 1975U. of Colorado Law, J.D., 1979
Judge Robert Blackburn1950Lakewood, COW. Bush 3/6/2002 - PresentZita WeinshienkWestern State College, B.A., 1972U. of Colorado Law, J.D., 1974
Judge Christine Arguello1955Thatcher, COW. Bush 10/21/2008 - PresentWalker MillerU. of Colorado, B.S., 1977Harvard Law, J.D., 1980
Judge Philip Brimmer1959Rawlins, WY.W. Bush 10/14/2008 - PresentLewis BabcockHarvard, A.B., 1981Yale Law, J.D., 1985
Judge R. Brooke Jackson1947Bozeman, MTObama 8/2/2011 - PresentPhillip FigaDartmouth '69Harvard Law '72
Judge William J. Martinez1954Mexico City, MexicoObama 12/21/2010 - PresentEdward NottinghamU. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, B.Sc. & B.A., 1977U. of Chicago Law, J.D., 1980
Judge Raymond P. Moore1953Boston, MAObama 3/23/2013 - PresentWiley DanielYale, B.A., 1975Yale Law, J.D., 1978


Pending appointments

There are no current pending appointments for the United States District Court for the District of Colorado.


Senior judges

JudgeAppointed byActiveChiefSeniorBachelorsLaw
Senior judge Richard MatschNixon 3/8/1974 - 7/1/20031994 - 20007/1/2003 - PresentU. of Michigan, A.B., 1951U. of Michigan Law, J.D., 1953
Senior judge John KaneCarter 12/16/1977 - 4/8/19884/8/1988 - PresentU. of Colorado, B.A., 1958U. of Denver Law, J.D., 1960
Senior judge Walker MillerClinton 7/25/1996 - 4/1/20084/1/2008 - PresentU. of Colorado Law, LL.B., 1963U. of Chicago Law, LL.M., 1965
Senior Judge Lewis BabcockReagan 10/17/1988 - 4/4/20082000 - 20074/4/2008 - PresentU. of Denver, B.A., 1965U. of Denver Law, J.D., 1968
Senior Judge Wiley DanielClinton 6/30/1995 - 1/1/20132008 - 20131/1/2013 - PresentHoward U., B.A., 1968Howard U. Law, J.D., 1971


Magistrate judges

JudgeActiveBachelorsLaw
Magistrate judge David West2004 - PresentColorado College, B.A.U. of Colorado at Boulder Law, J.D.
Magistrate judge Kathleen Tafoya09/11/2007 - PresentU. of Colorado School of Law, J.D.
Magistrate judge Kristen Mix08/06/2007 - PresentU. of Colorado Law, J.D., 1985
Magistrate judge Michael Hegarty02/15/2006 - Present
Magistrate judge Craig ShafferTulane University, 1979
Magistrate judge Boyd Boland02/2000 - PresentColumbia, 1980
Magistrate judge Michael Watanabe02/12/1999 - Present
Magistrate judge Gordon Gallagher10/12/2012 - Present


Past judges

Former Chief judges

Former Chief JudgesTerm
William Knous1954 - 1959
Fred Winner1976 - 1982
Sherman Finesilver1982 - 1994
Alfred Arraj1959 - 1976
Wiley Daniel2008 - 2013
Lewis Babcock2000 - 2007
Richard Matsch1994 - 2000
Edward Nottingham2007 - 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.[1][2]



Former judges

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