United States District Court for the District of Colorado
- 1 Vacancy warning level
- 2 Active judges
- 3 Jurisdiction
- 4 Caseloads
- 5 Notable cases
- 6 History
- 7 See also
- 8 External links
- 9 References
The United States District Court for the District of Colorado is one of ninety-four United States district courts. The court is based out of Denver at the Alfred A. Arraj United States Courthouse. It also has a second courthouse in Denver and courts in Colorado Springs, Grand Junction and Durango. 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.
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.
There are no pending nominations for the United States District Court for the District of Colorado.
Article III judges
|Chief judge Marcia Krieger||1954||W. Bush||1/30/2002 - Present||1/1/2013 - Present||Daniel Sparr||Lewis and Clark College, B.A., 1975||University of Colorado Law, J.D., 1979|
|Judge Robert Blackburn||1950||Lakewood, CO||W. Bush||3/6/2002 - Present||Zita Weinshienk||Western State College, 1972||University of Colorado Law, 1974|
|Judge Christine Arguello||1955||Thatcher, CO||W. Bush||10/21/2008 - Present||Walker Miller||University 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||University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, B.Sc. & B.A., 1977||University 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|
Active Article III judges by appointing political party
This graph displays the percent of active judges by the party of the appointing president and does not reflect how a judge may rule on specific cases or their own political preferences.
|Senior judge Richard Matsch||Nixon||3/8/1974-7/1/2003||1994-2000||7/1/2003-Present||University of Michigan, 1951||University of Michigan Law, 1953|
|Senior judge John Kane||Carter||12/16/1977 - 4/8/1988||4/8/1988 - Present||University of Colorado, B.A., 1958||University of Denver Law, J.D., 1960|
|Senior Judge Walker Miller||Clinton||7/25/1996 - 4/1/2008||4/1/2008 - Present||University of Colorado Law, 1963||University of Chicago Law, 1965|
|Senior Judge Lewis Babcock||Reagan||10/17/1988-4/4/2008||2000-2007||4/4/2008-Present||University of Denver, 1965||University of Denver Law, 1968|
|Senior Judge Wiley Daniel||Clinton||6/30/1995-1/1/2013||2008-2013||1/1/2013-Present||Howard University, 1968||Howard University Law, 1971|
Senior judges by appointing political party
This graph displays the percent of senior judges by the party of the appointing president and does not reflect how a judge may rule on specific cases or their own political preferences.
|Magistrate judge David West||2004 - Present||Colorado College, B.A.||University of Colorado at Boulder Law, J.D.|
|Magistrate judge Kathleen Tafoya||09/11/2007 - Present||University of Colorado School of Law, J.D.|
|Magistrate judge Kristen Mix||08/06/2007 - Present||University of Colorado Law, J.D., 1985|
|Magistrate judge Michael Hegarty||02/15/2006 - Present|
|Magistrate judge Craig Shaffer||Tulane University, 1979|
|Magistrate judge Michael Watanabe||02/12/1999 - Present|
|Magistrate judge Gordon Gallagher||10/12/2012 - Present|
|Magistrate Judge Nina Y. Wang||2/9/2015-2/8/2023||Washington University||Harvard Law School|
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 Caseload Statistics*|
|Year||Starting case load:||Cases filed:||Total cases:||Cases terminated:||Remaining cases:||Median time (Criminal)**:||Median time (Civil)**:||Three-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.
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)
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|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.|
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|
Former chief judges
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.
For more information about the judges of the District of Colorado, see former federal judges of the District of Colorado.
- 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
- Offices of the United States Attorneys, Official list
- ABC News, "Judge Denies New Trial for Ex-Qwest CEO Nacchio," January 12, 2010
- History of the District of Colorado on the Federal Judicial Center website
- United States Courts, "Frequently Asked Questions"
- United States Courts, "On Being Chief Judge," February 2009
|Magistrate judges||David West • Kathleen Tafoya • Kristen Mix • Michael Hegarty • Craig Shaffer • Michael Watanabe • Gordon Gallagher • Nina Y. Wang •|
|Former Article III judges||
Moses Hallett • William E. Doyle (Colorado) • 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|