July 19, 2019

Amendments to District of Colorado Local Rules Open for Public Comment

On Tuesday, September 19, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado released a redline of the proposed amendments to its local rules. The amendments will be effective December 1, 2017. Comments must be submitted by October 19, 2017, to LocalRule_Comments@cod.uscourts.gov or via U.S. Mail to the Clerk of the Court, United States District Court, Attn: Legal Officer, Alfred A. Arraj U.S. Courthouse, 901 19th Street, Denver, Colorado 80294. Comments should specify to which rule they refer.

A summary of the changes to the local rules is available here:

D.C.COLO.LCivR 7.1(b) and (d) MOTIONS – (b) Exceptions to the Duty to Confer; (d) Motion, Response and Reply, Time for Serving and Filing; Length. (b) Entry of appearance and motions to withdraw are excepted from the list of motions requiring conferral of the parties or counsel; and (d) summary judgment motions are excluded from special treatment
D.C.COLO.LCivR 8.1 IN FORMA PAUPERIS PARTY AND PRISONER PLEADINGS Initial Review authorized for In Forma Pauperis filers, more closely following the statute; more specific instructions to pro se parties; former prisoners who bring “prison” actions now included.
D.C.COLO.LCivR 15.1(b) Amendment or Supplementation by Motion Removes exception for prisoner litigants; supplements to pleadings added.
D.C.COLO.LCivR 40.1(c) Direct Assignment to Magistrate Judges Adds another exception to direct assignment — cases where an order of referral has already been filed.
SECTION II – Criminal Rules
D.C.COLO.LCrR 47.1 PUBLIC ACCESS TO CASES, DOCUMENTS,          AND PROCEEDINGS (a) Adds judicial authorization to broaden levels of restriction or be more specific regarding access; (f) restricts information about parties posting any bond; broadens language about possible restricted CJA filings.
Section III – Local Patent Rules
(No Changes)
(No Changes)
SECTION V – Attorney Rules
D.C.COLO.LAttyR 5 ENTRY AND WITHDRAWAL OF APPEARANCE AND MAINTENANCE OF CONTACT INFORMATION (b) Provides more details as to counsel’s responsibilities for withdrawal from limited representation.
D.C.COLO.LAttyR 6 DISCIPLINARY PANEL AND COMMITTEE ON CONDUCT Memorializes the selection criteria for Committee on Conduct membership.
D.C.COLO.LAttyR 15 CIVIL PRO BONO REPRESENTATION (a) Updates Civil Pro Bono Program to allow appointment of both limited and general representation pro bono counsel;
(e) Expands unrepresented parties’ eligibility to include potential for appointment of counsel during the initial review process; and acknowledges that appointment of counsel for defendants/respondents is authorized; and
(f) Appointment procedure includes limited representation


Practice Standards for U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado Revised

The Honorable William J. Martinez, United States District Judge in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, has issued revised Practice Standards, effective December 1, 2012. The Practice Standards are for all civil and criminal matters before Judge Martinez.

The Practice Standards are intended to “secure the just, speedy, and inexpensive determination of every action.” They are intended to have the force and effect of orders of the court. The procedures outlined in the Practice Standards are in addition to obligations under the Local Rules for the District of Colorado.

For a PDF of the Practice Standards, click here.

Revised United States District Court Local Rules Appendices C, J, and K

The United States District Court of the District of Colorado has revised its Local Rules of Practice, which originally went into effect on December 1, 2011. Since then, revisions have been made to Appendix C, Appendix J, and Appendix K. The updated appendices can be reviewed below.

  • Appendix K – “Statement by Defendant in Advance of Plea of Guilty”

United States District Court for Colorado Proposes Changes to Local Rules

On October 3, 2011, the United States District Court for the District of Colorado announced many proposed amendments to its Local Rules and seeks public comment.

Changes are being proposed to the following rules:

List of Proposed Local Rule Changes for 2011

Revised Appendix A

New Appendix F.3

New Appendix F.4

All changes to the Local Rules will become effective on December 1, 2011.

The proposed rule changes can also be found on the Court’s website or obtained in hard copy at the office of the Clerk of the Court at the Alfred A. Arraj U.S. Courthouse located at 901 19th Street, Denver, Colorado.

Comments may be submitted via email to LocalRule_Comments@cod.uscourts.gov or in hard copy addressed to the Clerk of the Court, United States District Court, Attn: Edward Butler, Legal Officer, Alfred A. Arraj U.S. Courthouse, 901 19th Street, Denver, Colorado 80294. When commenting, the Court requests you to identify your comment with the specific rule or rules to which the comment pertains. All comments must be received no later than Friday, October 28, 2011.

The Local Rules that are currently in effect through December 1, 2011 can be found here. The appendices to current Local Rules can be found here.