United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas

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Eastern District of Arkansas
Eighth Circuit
Arkansas-eastern.gif
Chief:Brian MillerJudges:5
Posts:5Vacancies:0
Active judges
BakerHolmesMarshallMoody
Senior Judges
CarterEiseleWilson
Magistrate Judges
CavaneauDeereKearneyRayVolpeYoung
Former Judges
Key:
(Numbers indicate % of seats vacant.)
0%0%-10%
10%-25%25%-40%
More than 40%
Contents
1 Court
1.1 Vacancy warning level
1.2 Jurisdiction
1.2.1 Cases heard
1.2.2 Case load
1.3 Clerk's office
1.4 History
1.4.1 Court history
1.4.2 Judicial posts
1.4.3 Notable decisions
1.4.4 Federal courthouse
1.5 Major news
1.6 See also
1.7 External links
1.8 References
2 Judges

The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas is a United States district court. It is further subdivided into six divisions, which collectively cover 41 Arkansas counties.

The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court. The current district attorney is Christopher R. Thyer .[1]

When decisions of the court are appealed, they are appealed to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals based in Downtown St. Louis at the Thomas F. Eagleton Federal Courthouse and Building.

Vacancy warning level

The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas's vacancy warning level is currently set at green. The court currently has no vacancies.

Jurisdiction

The Counties of the Eastern District of Arkansas (click for larger map)

The geographic jurisdiction of the Eastern District of Arkansas consists of all the following counties in the eastern part of the state of Arkansas.

There are five court divisions, each covering the following counties:

The Eastern Division, covering Cross, Lee, Monroe, Phillips, St. Francis, and Woodruff Counties.

The Jonesboro Division, covering Clay, Craighead, Crittenden, Greene, Lawrence, Mississippi, Poinsett, and Randolph Counties.

The Northern Division, covering Cleburne, Fulton, Independence, Izard, Jackson, Sharp, and Stone Counties.

The Pine Bluff Division, covering Arkansas, Chicot, Cleveland, Dallas, Desha, Drew, Grant, Jefferson, and Lincoln Counties.

The Western Division, covering Conway, Faulkner, Lonoke, Perry, Pope, Prairie, Pulaski, Saline, Van Buren, White, and Yell Counties.

When decisions of the court are appealed, they are appealed to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals based in in Downtown St. Louis at the Thomas F. Eagleton Federal Courthouse and Building.

Cases heard

The Eastern District of Arkansas has original jurisdiction over cases filed within its jurisdiction. These cases can include civil and criminal matters that fall under federal law.

Case load

Federal Court Case Load Statistics*
YearStarting case load:Cases filed:Total cases:Cases terminated:Remaining cases:Median time(Criminal)**:Median time(Civil)**:3 Year Civil cases#:Vacant posts:## Trials/Post
2012 95222671121935095 709814.745.33742 (57.8%)7.228
2011 91552899120542519 953512.912.75412 (60.2%)1223
2010 84433213116562467 91891314.42989 (34.4%)19.123
2009 84722981114532875 857813.67.52657 (33.5%)2429
2008 53595306106652183 848212.410.91630 (20.7%)6.323
20074782266874502256519412.612.7381 (8%)5.334
*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.
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Clerk's office

The Eastern District of Arkansas has five separate offices. The Clerk's office is open Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. Please consult the chart below for more information:

Branch Address Phone number Hours
Batesville 490 College Street

Batesville, Arkansas 72501

(870) 793-4330 N/A
Helena 617 Walnut Street

Helena, Arkansas 72342

(870) 338-6321 N/A
Jonesboro 615 South Main Street Room 312

Jonesboro, Arkansas 72401

(870) 972-4610 M-F, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Little Rock 600 West Capitol Avenue

Little Rock, Arkansas 72201

(501) 604-5351 M-F, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Pine Bluff 100 E 8th Ave., Room 3103

Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71601

(870) 536-1190 M-F, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
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History

Court history

The District of Arkansas was organized by Congress on June 15, 1836, with one post to cover the entire state. The district court in Arkansas was not yet assigned to a judicial circuit, and thus had the same jurisdiction as the United States circuit courts, excluding appeals and writs of error, which are the jurisdiction of the United States Supreme Court.

On March 3, 1851, statute 5 Stat. 176, 177 had the federal judiciary reorganized into nine circuits. This act assigned the district of Arkansas over to the Ninth Circuit, as well as repealed the district court of Arkansas's right to exercise the trial jurisdiction of a United States circuit court. Instead, the act established annual sessions of the U.S. circuit court in the district of Arkansas. On June 17, 1844, Statute 5 Stat. 680 extended the jurisdiction of the district of Arkansas over Indian territory previously annexed to the Territory of Arkansas.

On March 3, 1851, Statute 9 Stat. 594 divided the state of Arkansas into two judicial districts, known as the Eastern and the Western districts, with one judgeship serving both. The Indian territory was under the jurisdiction of the Western District, while the Eastern District remained in the Ninth Circuit and the Western District was granted that same jurisdiction as the United States circuit courts.

On July 23rd, 1866, Congress assigned Arkansas to the Sixth Circuit, and then to the Eighth Circuit by July 15, 1862. After this, a judgeship was authorized to the Western District on March 3, 1871, and the judgeship previously assigned to serve both districts was made into a judgeship for the Eastern District only.

There was a district court meeting at Helena in the Eastern District of Arkansas on January 31, 1877, and Statute 19 Stat. 230 granted the same jurisdiction to the Eastern District of Arkansas as all other United States circuit courts. Statute 25 Stat. 655 repealed the prior statute made before this on February 6, 1889, as well as the Western District's circuit court jurisdiction. Instead, the statute established a U.S. circuit court for the Western District of Arkansas and all appropriate cases were transferred to the circuit courts. Over time, four additional judicial posts were added for a total of six current posts.[3]

Judicial posts

The following table highlights the development of judicial posts for the Eastern District of Arkansas:

Year Statute Total Seats
June 15, 1836 5 Stat. 50, 51 1
March 3, 1851 9 Stat. 594 1
March 3, 1871 16 Stat. 471 2
May 31, 1938 52 Stat. 584 3
May 19, 1961 75 Stat. 80 4
October 20, 1978 92 Stat, 1629 6
December 1, 1990 104 Stat. 5089 6
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Notable cases

For a searchable list of opinions, please see Justia.com-Dockets & Filings-Eastern District of Arkansas.






Federal courthouse

Five separate courthouses serve the Eastern District of Arkansas.

Major news

For new stories and other related material see Arkansas judicial news.

See also

External links

References

Eastern District of Arkansas
Eighth Circuit
Arkansas-eastern.gif
Chief:Brian MillerJudges:5
Posts:5Vacancies:0
Active judges
BakerHolmesMarshallMoody
Senior Judges
CarterEiseleWilson
Magistrate Judges
CavaneauDeereKearneyRayVolpeYoung
Former Judges
Key:
(Numbers indicate % of seats vacant.)
0%0%-10%
10%-25%25%-40%
More than 40%
Contents
1 Court
2 Judges
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

Active judges

Article III judges

JudgeBornHomeAppointed byActiveChiefPreceededBachelorsLaw
Judge Leon Holmes1951Hazen, ARW. Bush 7/7/2004 - Present2005 - 7/22/2012Stephen ReasonerArkansas State U., B.A., 1973U. of Arkansas, J.D., 1982
Chief Judge Brian Miller1967Pine Bluff, ARW. Bush 4/17/2008 - Present7/23/2012 - PresentGeorge HowardU. of Central Arkansas, B.S., 1992Vanderbilt Law School, J.D., 1995
Judge D.P. Marshall1963Memphis, TNObama 5/6/2010 - PresentWilliam WilsonArkansas State U., B.A., 1985Harvard Law School, J.D., 1989
Judge James Moody (Arkansas)Obama 2/25/2014 - PresentSusan CarterU. of Arkansas, B.S.B.A., 1986U. of Arkansas Law, J.D., 1989
Judge Kristine Gerhard Baker1971Colorado Springs, COObama 5/7/2012 - PresentJames M. MoodySt. Louis U., B.A., 1993U. of Arkansas Law, J.D., 1996


Pending appointments

There are no current pending appointments for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas.


Senior judges

JudgeAppointed byActiveChiefSeniorBachelorsLaw
Senior Judge Garnett EiseleNixon 8/6/1970 - 8/1/19911975 - 19918/1/1991 - PresentWashington U. in St. Louis, A.B., 1947Harvard Law School, LL.B., 1950
Senior Judge Susan CarterH.W. Bush 1/24/1990 - 8/22/20131998 - 20058/22/2013 - PresentRandolph-Macon Woman`s College, B.A., 1970U. of Arkansas at Fayetteville School of Law, J.D., 1975
Senior Judge William WilsonClinton 10/1/1993 - 10/1/200810/1/2008 - PresentHendrix College, B.A., 1962Vanderbilt U. Law School, J.D., 1965


Magistrate judges

JudgeActiveBachelorsLaw
Magistrate Judge H. David Young
Magistrate Judge Jerry Cavaneau
Chief Magistrate Judge J. Thomas Ray
Magistrate Judge Beth Deere01/04/2007 - PresentHenderson State U., B.A., 1974U. of Arkansas Law, J.D., 1986
Magistrate Judge Jerome Kearney04/16/2010 - Present
Magistrate Judge Joe J. Volpe07/2009 - PresentWest Point, B.S., 1988U. of Arkansas Law, J.D., 1996


Past judges

Former Chief judges

Former Chief JudgesTerm
Stephen Reasoner1991 - 1998
Jesse Henley1959 - 1975
Thomas Trimble 1948 - 1957
Susan Carter1998 - 2005
Garnett Eisele1975 - 1991

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.[1][2]



Former judges


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