United States District Court for the District of Delaware
The United States District Court for the District of Delaware is a Federal district court
Vacancy warning level
The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania's vacancy warning level is currently set at green. The court currently has no current vacancies.
The District of Delaware has original jurisdiction over cases filed within its jurisdiction. These cases can include civil and criminal matters that fall under federal law.
|Federal Court Case Load Statistics*|
|Year||Starting case load:||Cases filed:||Total cases:||Cases terminated:||Remaining cases:||Median time(Criminal)**:||Median time(Civil)**:||3 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.|
#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.
The District of Delaware has one official courthouse. The clerk of court is Peter T. Dalleo and he can be contacted at 302-573-6170. Offices are open Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. excluding observed holidays. Inclement weather cancellations will be announced on the main Clerk's Office number and on the following radio stations: [www.wdel.com WDEL 1150 AM], [www.wstw.com WSTW 93.7 FM], [www.wilm.com WILM 1450 AM], [www.eagle977.com WAFL 97.7 FM]. The clerks office is located at:
OFFICE OF THE CLERK
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTWILMINGTON DE 19801-3570
844 N KING ST UNIT 18
The District of Delaware was established by Congress on September 24, 1789 with one post to cover the entire state. Over time 3 additional judicial posts were added to the court for a total of 4 current posts.
The following table highlights the development of judicial posts for the District of Delaware:
|September 24, 1789||1 Stat. 73||1|
|July 24, 1946||60 Stat. 654||2(1 temporary)|
|September 5, 1950||64 Stat. 578||2|
|February 10, 1954||68 Stat. 8||3|
|July 10, 1984||98 Stat. 333||4|
For a searchable list of opinions, please see Opinions of the District of Delaware.
| • Sex tourist case (2010) Judge(s):Greg Sleet|
|Judge Sleet presided in the trial of Thomas Pendelton who was found guilty of traveling out of the nation to have sex with an underage girl. On February 3, 2010, he sentenced Pendelton to thirty years in prison, ten more than what the federal guidelines required. The judge felt the sentence would protect children from "further acts of depravity."|
| • Delaware River dredging case (2009) Judge(s):Sue Robinson|
|Judge Robinson was the judge presiding in the case of the required dredging of the Delaware River. On December 9, 2009, the judge found that the State of Delaware was not granted an injunction to block the Army Corps of Engineers to begin the dredging of the Delaware River. The judge criticized the State for using stall tactics to block a project, according to the ruling, that was supposed to begin in 2004. On January 27, 2010, Judge Robinson denied an injunction from the State of Delaware from requiring the Army Corps of Engineers to get permits from the state in order to deepen a channel in the Delaware River which is part of a dredging project. The State wanted a permit process to examine environmental impacts, but the judge denied the injunction on the basis of a 1992 law passed by Congress that would allow for the dredging project to happen. There is no word if attorneys representing the State of Delaware plan to appeal the ruling to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia.|
There is one federal courthouses that serves the District of Maryland.
For new stories and other related material see Maryland judicial news.
- US District Court for District of Deleware
- Judges of the District of Delaware
- US Attorney's Office for the District of Delaware
- Opinions of the District of Delaware
- Offices of the United States Attorneys, Official list
- DED Directory
- Courthouse location
- FJC History of the District of Delaware
- Philadelphia Inquirer "Judge throws book at pedophile ‘sex tourist," February 3, 2010
- "Delaware Online" Delaware River dredging: Judge says Del. dragged its feet, December 9, 2009
- BusinessWeek "Request to block Delaware River dredging denied," January 28, 2010
- "Cape Gazette" Corps to begin dredging, February 2, 2010
|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|
Article III judgesThe United States District Court for the District of Delaware has 4 posts. This is a list of the current judges on the court:
|Chief Judge Greg Sleet||1951||New York, NY||Clinton||4/30/1998 - Present||2007 - Present||Joseph Longobardi||Hampton U., B.A., 1973||Rutgers U. Law, J.D., 1976|
|Judge Sue Robinson||1952||Mount Carmel, IL||H.W. Bush||11/18/1991 - Present||2000 - 2007||Jane Roth||U. of Delaware, B.A., 1974||U. of Pennsylvania Law, J.D., 1978|
|Judge Leonard Stark||1969||Detroit, MI||Obama||8/5/2010 - Present||Kent Jordan||U. of Delaware, 1991||Yale Law, 1996|
|Judge Richard G. Andrews||1955||Manchester, England||Obama||11/3/2011 - Present||Joseph Farnan||Haverford College, B.A., 1977||U. of California Berkley Law, J.D., 1981|
There are no current pending appointments for the United States District Court for the District of Delaware.
Senior judgesSee: Federal judges on senior status
The United States District Court for the District of Delaware has 1 judge on senior status currently. This is a list of the current senior judges on the court:
|Senior Judge Joseph Longobardi||Reagan||5/03/1984 - 6/14/1997||1989 - 1996||6/15/2007 - Present||Washington College, B.A., 1952||Temple U. Law, LL.B., 1957|
|Magistrate Judge Mary Pat Thynge||1992-2016||Miami University||Ohio Northern University|
|Magistrate Judge Christopher J. Burke||8/4/2011-Present||Georgetown University||University of Michigan|
|Magistrate Judge Sherry R. Fallon||4/25/2012 - Present||U. of Pennsylvania, 1983||Delaware Law School of Widener University, J.D., 1986|
Former Chief judges
|Murray Schwartz||1985 - 1989|
|Joseph Longobardi||1989 - 1996|
|Caleb Wright||1957 - 1973|
|Paul Leahy||1948 - 1957|
|James Latchum||1973 - 1983|
|Walter Stapleton||1983 - 1985|
|Sue Robinson||2000 - 2007|
|Joseph Farnan||1996 - 2000|
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. See 28 U.S.C. § 45.
These rules for Chief Judges in the federal judiciary have been in effect since October 1, 1982. The office of Chief Judge was created in 1948. Until August 6, 1959, the position was filled in each federal court by the longest-serving judge who had not elected to retire on what has since 1958 been known as senior status or declined to serve as Chief Judge. From then until 1982 it was filled by the senior such judge who had not turned 70.
|Seat 1||Seat 2||Seat 3|
|Magistrate judges||Mary Pat Thynge • Christopher J. Burke • Sherry R. Fallon •|
|Former Article III judges||
Joseph Farnan • Gunning Bedford • John Fisher • Willard Hall • Edward Green Bradford • Leonard Eugene Wales • Walter Stapleton • Jane Roth • Kent Jordan • Edward Green Bradford II • Hugh Martin Morris • John Percy Nields • James Latchum • Caleb Layton • Paul Leahy • Roderick McKelvie • Richard Rodney • Edwin Steel • Caleb Wright • Murray Schwartz •
|Former Chief judges|