United States District Court for the District of Colorado

Not to be confused with Colorado District Courts.
United States District Court for the District of Colorado
(D. Colo.)

U.S. Customhouse
Appeals to: Tenth Circuit
Established: June 26, 1876
Judges assigned: 7
Chief Judge: Marcia S. Krieger

The United States District Court for the District of Colorado (in case citations, D. Colo.) is a federal court in the Tenth Circuit (except for patent claims and claims against the U.S. government under the Tucker Act, which are appealed to the Federal Circuit).

The District was established on June 26, 1876, pending Colorado statehood on August 1, 1876.[1]

The Acting United States Attorney for the District is Robert C. Troyer.

Organization of the court

The United States District Court for the District of Colorado is the sole federal judicial district in Colorado.[2] Court for the District is held at Colorado Springs, Denver, Durango, and Grand Junction.

Colorado Springs Division comprises the following counties: Alamosa, Baca, Bent, Cheyenne, Conejos, Costilla, Crowley, Custer, El Paso, Fremont, Huerfano, Kiowa, Kit Carson, Las Animas, Lincoln, Mineral, Otero, Prowers, Pueblo, Rio Grande, and Saguache.

Denver Division comprises the following counties: Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Chaffee, Clear Creek, Denver, Douglas, Elbert, Gilpin, Grand, Jefferson, Lake, Larimer, Logan, Morgan, Park, Phillips, Sedgwick, Summit, Teller, Washington, Weld, and Yuma.

Durango Division comprises the following counties: Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma, and San Juan.

Grand Junction Division comprises the following counties: Delta, Eagle, Garfield, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Jackson, Mesa, Moffat, Montrose, Ouray, Pitkin, Rio Blanco, Routt, and San Miguel.

Current Judges

On April 28, 2016, President Obama nominated Regina M. Rodriguez to the seat vacated by Robert E. Blackburn.

# Title Judge Duty station Born Term of service Appointed by
Active Chief Senior
21 Chief Judge Marcia S. Krieger Denver 1954 2002–present 2013–present G.W. Bush
24 District Judge Philip A. Brimmer Denver 1959 2008–present G.W. Bush
25 District Judge Christine Arguello Denver 1955 2008–present G.W. Bush
26 District Judge William J. Martínez Denver 1954 2010–present Obama
27 District Judge R. Brooke Jackson Denver 1947 2011–present Obama
28 District Judge Raymond P. Moore Denver 1953 2013–present Obama
29 District Judge vacant
11 Senior Judge Richard Paul Matsch Denver 1930 1974–2003 1994–2000 2003–present Nixon
12 Senior Judge John L. Kane Jr. Denver 1937 1977–1988 1988–present Carter
16 Senior Judge Lewis Thornton Babcock Denver 1943 1988–2008 2000–2007 2008–present Reagan
19 Senior Judge Wiley Young Daniel Denver 1946 1995–2013 2008–2012 2013–present Clinton
22 Senior Judge Robert E. Blackburn Denver 1950 2002–2016 2016–present G.W. Bush

Former Judges

# Judge State Born–died Active service Chief Judge Senior status Appointed by Reason for
1 Hallett, MosesMoses Hallett CO 1834–1913 1877–1906 Grant, Grant retirement
2 Lewis, Robert E.Robert E. Lewis CO 1857–1941 1906–1921 Roosevelt, T.T. Roosevelt reappointment
3 Symes, John FosterJohn Foster Symes CO 1878–1951 1922–1950 1950–1951 Harding, Harding death
4 Knous, William LeeWilliam Lee Knous CO 1889–1959 1950–1959 1954–1959 Truman, Truman death
5 Breitenstein, Jean SalaJean Sala Breitenstein CO 1900–1986 1954–1957 Eisenhower, Eisenhower reappointment
6 Arraj, Alfred AlbertAlfred Albert Arraj CO 1906–1992 1957–1976 1959–1976 1976–1992 Eisenhower, Eisenhower death
7 Chilson, Olin HatfieldOlin Hatfield Chilson CO 1903–1991 1960–1973 1973–1991 Eisenhower, Eisenhower death
8 Doyle, William EdwardWilliam Edward Doyle CO 1911–1986 1961–1971 Kennedy, Kennedy reappointment
9 Winner, Fred M.Fred M. Winner CO 1912–2003 1970–1982 1976–1982 1982–1984 Nixon, Nixon retirement
10 Finesilver, Sherman GlennSherman Glenn Finesilver CO 1927–2006 1971–1994 1982–1994 1994 Nixon, Nixon retirement
13 Carrigan, James R.James R. Carrigan CO 1929–2014 1979–1994 1994–1995 Carter, Carter retirement
14 Weinshienk, Zita LeesonZita Leeson Weinshienk CO 1933-present 1979–1998 1998–2011 Carter retirement
15 Porfilio, John CarboneJohn Carbone Porfilio CO 1934–present 1982–1985 Reagan, Reagan reappointment
17 Nottingham, EdwardEdward Nottingham CO 1948–present 1989–2008 2007–2008 Bush, G.H.W.G.H.W. Bush resignation
18 Sparr, Daniel B.Daniel B. Sparr CO 1931–2006 1990–2001 2001–2006 Bush, G.H.W.G.H.W. Bush death
20 Walker David Miller CO 1939–2013 1996–2008 2008–2013 Clinton death
23 Figa, Phillip S.Phillip S. Figa CO 1951–2008 2003–2008 Bush, G.W.G.W. Bush death

Succession of seats

Seat 1
Seat established on August 1, 1876 by 19 Stat. 61
Hallett 1877–1906
Lewis 1906–1921
Symes 1922–1950
Knous 1950–1959
Chilson 1960–1973
Matsch 1974–2003
Figa 2003–2008
Jackson 2011–present

Seat 2
Seat established on February 10, 1954 by 68 Stat. 8
Breitenstein 1954–1957
Arraj 1957–1976
Kane, Jr. 1977–1988
Babcock 1988–2008
Brimmer 2008–present

Seat 3
Seat established on May 19, 1961 by 75 Stat. 80
Doyle 1961–1971
Finesilver 1971–1994
Daniel 1995–2013
Moore 2013–present

Seat 4
Seat established on June 2, 1970 by 84 Stat. 294
Winner 1970–1982
Porfilio 1982–1985
Sparr 1990–2001
Krieger 2002–present

Seat 5
Seat established on October 20, 1978 by 92 Stat. 1629
Carrigan 1979–1994
Miller 1996–2008
Arguello 2008–present

Seat 6
Seat established on October 20, 1978 by 92 Stat. 1629
Weinshienk 1979–1998
Blackburn 2002–2016
vacant 2016–present

Seat 7
Seat established on July 10, 1984 by 98 Stat. 333
Nottingham, Jr. 1989–2008
Martinez 2010–present

See also


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