United States District Court for the District of Wyoming
The United States District Court for the District of Wyoming is a United States district court.
Vacancy warning level
The United States District Court for the District of Wyoming's vacancy warning level is currently set at green. The court currently has no vacancies, with all of the posts currently filled.
The United States Attorney for the District of Wyoming represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court.
The District of Wyoming 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 Wyoming has four separate courthouses. Stephan Harris is the official clerk of court. Clerks' offices are located at the Cheyenne and Casper divisions and are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. MST, excluding federal holidays. Please consult the chart below for more information:
|Cheyenne Division||Joseph C. O'Mahoney Federal Center
2120 Capitol Avenue
|Joseph C. O'Mahoney Federal Center
2120 Capitol Avenue
|Casper Division||Ewing T. Kerr Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse
111 South Wolcott
|Ewing T. Kerr Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse
111 South Wolcott
|Yellowstone Division at Mammoth||Yellowstone Justice Center
|Yellowstone Justice Center
P.O. Box 387
|Jackson Division||Clifford P. Hansen Federal Courthouse
145 E. Simpson (no mail to this address)
|Honorable James K. Lubing
P. O. Box 4117
The District of Wyoming was established by Congress on July 10, 1890, with one post to cover the entire state. Over time, two additional judicial posts were added for a total of three current posts.
The following table highlights the development of judicial posts for the District of Wyoming:
|July 10, 1890||26 Stat. 222||1|
|July 10, 1984||98 Stat. 333||2|
|December 1, 1990||104 Stat. 5089||3|
This page is missing notable case information.
For a searchable list of opinions, please see Opinions of the District of Wyoming.
For new stories and other related material see Wyoming judicial news.
- United States District Court for the District of Wyoming Official Website
- Opinions of the District of Wyoming
- Judges of the District of Wyoming
|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 Wyoming has 3 posts. This is a list of the current judges on the court:
|Judge Alan Johnson||1939||Cheyenne, WY||Reagan||12/17/1985 - Present||1992 - 1999||New Seat|98 Stat. 333||Vanderbilt U., B.A., 1961||U. of Wyoming Law, J.D., 1964|
|Judge Scott W. Skavdahl||1966||Lincoln, NE||Obama||11/3/2011 - Present||William F. Downes||University of Wyoming, B.S., 1989||University of Wyoming School of Law, J.D., 1992|
|Chief Judge Nancy D. Freudenthal||1954||Cody, WY||Obama||5/6/2010 - Present||2011 - Present||Clarence Brimmer||U. of Wyoming, B.A., 1976||U. of Wyoming Law, J.D., 1980|
There are no current pending appointments for the United States District Court for the District of Wyoming.
Senior judgesSee: Federal judges on senior status
The United States District Court for the District of Wyoming has 1 judge on senior status currently. This is a list of the current senior judges on the court:
|Senior Judge Clarence Brimmer||Ford||9/16/1975 - 9/27/2006||1986 - 1992||9/27/2006 - Present||University of Michigan, B.A., 1944||University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1947|
|Magistrate Judge David C. Smith||07/01/2012 - Present|
Former Chief judges
|Alan Johnson||1992 - 1999|
|William Downes||1999 - 2011|
|Clarence Brimmer||1986 - 1992|
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.
|Magistrate judges||David C. Smith •|
|Former Article III judges|
|Former Chief judges|