The effects of sequestration are being felt by the federal courts. Beginning Friday, April 26, 2013, and continuing through September 30, 2013, no hearings or trials in criminal cases (other than mandatory first appearances before a magistrate judge) will be heard on Fridays in the United States District Court for the District of Colorado. In addition, no trials or hearings in criminal cases in which a Federal Public Defender must appear will be conducted on Friday, March 29 and Friday, April 12, 2013.
The limitation on criminal proceedings is necessary because of mandatory furlough days of the United States Attorney, the Federal Public Defender, and the United States Marshal for the District of Colorado. Chief United States District Judge Marcia S. Krieger issued General Order 2013-1, an “Order Limiting the Scheduling of Criminal Trials and Hearings Due to Budgetary Constraints and Furloughs” on March 25, 2013.