United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California is a United States district court. It is composed of six divisions.
The Bakersfield division has jurisdiction over certain cases in Inyo and Kern Counties and on federal lands and National Parks. These cases are heard in courthouses in Bakersfield, at Edwards Air Force Base, and in Independence, California.
Vacancy warning level
The United States District Court for the Eastern District of California's vacancy warning level is currently set at yellow. There is currently one vacancy on the court of six.
There are five court divisions, with the two main court divisions covering the following counties:
The Sacramento Division, covering Alpine, Amador, Butte, Colusa, El Dorado, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Mono, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Solano, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Yolo and Yuba Counties
The South Lake Tahoe office hears misdemeanors and petty crimes for federal lands and National Parks.
The Yosemite office hears misdemeanors and petty crimes for Yosemite National Park.
The Eastern District of California 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 Eastern District of California has two separate courthouses. The Clerk's office is open Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., excluding Federal holidays. Please consult the chart below for more information:
|Fresno Division||U.S. District Court
|(559) 499-5600||9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday - Friday|
|Sacramento Division||U.S. District Court
4th Floor of the United States Courthouse
|(916) 930 - 4000||9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday - Friday|
The Eastern District of California was established by Congress on March 18, 1966, with one judicial post being transferred from the Southern District and two from the Northern District. Over time, three additional judicial posts were added for a total of six current posts.
The following table highlights the development of judicial posts for the Eastern District of California:
|March 18, 1966||80 Stat. 75||3|
|October 20, 1978||92 Stat. 1629||6|
For cases in the Eastern District of California, see United States District Court for the Eastern District of California Official Website or Justia.com.
| • Judge suspends criminal proceedings to fight spread of H1N1 virus (2014) Judge(s):Lawrence O'Neill|
*In re Health Emergency 14-MC-00003 LJO
|On January 14, 2014, Judge Lawrence O'Neill issued an emergency order suspending criminal proceedings for Fresno County Jail inmates for one week's time due to an outbreak of the H1N1 flu virus at the facility. Following the death of one inmate and the infection of at least three other inmates, O'Neill issued the order of his own volition, continuing all previously scheduled inmate proceedings due to the health risks involved with their presence at the federal courthouse. O'Neill's order excludes regular judicial time limitations, "including but not limited to the Speedy Trial Act." His order noted that these drastic measures would "assure the health and safety of the federal judiciary, the court staff, members of pretrial services, members of the Federal Probation Department, United States Marshals, members of the United States Attorney's Office, members of the Federal Defender's Office, private counsel and members of the public who have business with, or visit the courtrooms." O'Neill's federal order was entered in addition to one issued previously by Superior Court Judge Jonathan B. Conklin, which denied transportation of quarantined H1N1 inmates to the state courthouse.|
| • Greyhound bus case (2009) Judge(s):Morrison England|
*Soto v. TU PHUOC NGUYEN No. 2:06-cv-01612-MCE-DAD
|Judge England ruled that Greyhound must face trial in a lawsuit for a July 1, 2005, accident that seriously injured passengers on Interstate 5.
Passengers who filed the lawsuit claimed that their injuries could have been prevented if Greyhound equipped its buses with seat belts. Greyhound asked Judge England to dismiss the cases, claiming that federal laws preempted Greyhound from equipping their bus lines with seat belts. Attorneys for Greyhound believed that since the federal government does not require seat belts on buses, that any action based in a state-level court on the failure to install seat belts was preempted by the federal government's inaction.England rejected Greyhound's arguments and ordered the lawsuits to a jury trial. Judge England found that "the absence of federal seat belt requirements for passengers is more descriptive of a minimum protection mandated by federal law, rather than a clear indication that such passive restraints should not be required." Judge England also noted that the "[g]overnment's failure to require seat belts on buses does not prevent injured bus passengers from pursuing claims based on the failure to install seat belts."
Two separate courthouses serve the Eastern District of California.
For new stories and other related material see California judicial news.
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of California Official Website
- Federal Judicial Center-U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California Website
- Local Rules of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
- Justice of the Pines: Yosemite National Park Has Its Own Rustic Courthouse and Homespun Judge
- Opinions of the Eastern District of California
- Judges of the Eastern District of California
- Offices of the United States Attorneys, Official list
- Offices Information (select the appropriate division for information)
- FJC History of the Eastern District of California
- Courthouse News Service, "Jail Outbreak of H1N1 Throws Court for a Loop," January 15, 2014
- Appeal Democrat, "Judge rebuffs Greyhound in Colusa cases," July 5, 2009
|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 Eastern District of California has 6 posts. This is a list of the current judges on the court:
|Judge Lawrence O'Neill||1952||Oakland, CA||W. Bush||04/17/2008 - Present||Oliver Wanger||U. of California at Berkeley, B.A., 1973||U. of California, Hastings College of Law, J.D., 1979|
|Chief Judge Morrison England||1954||St. Louis, MO||W. Bush||8/2/2002 - Present||11/1/2012 - Present||Lawrence Karlton||U. of the Pacific, B.A., 1977||U. of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, J.D., 1983|
|Judge John Mendez||1955||Oakland, CA||W. Bush||4/17/2008 - Present||David Levi||Stanford University, B.A., 1977||Harvard Law School, J.D., 1980|
|Judge Kimberly Mueller||1957||Newton, Kansas||Obama||12/21/2010 - Present||Frank Damrell||Pomona College, B.A., 1981||Stanford Law School, J.D., 1995|
|Judge Troy L. Nunley||1964||San Francisco, CA||Obama||3/23/2013 - Present||Garland Burrell||St. Mary`s College of California, B.A., 1986||U. of California Law, J.D., 1990|
There are no current pending appointments for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California.
Senior judgesSee: Federal judges on senior status
The United States District Court for the Eastern District of California has 4 judges on senior status currently. This is a list of the current senior judges on the court:
|Senior Judge Garland Burrell||H.W. Bush||March 2, 1992 - 7/4/2012||2007 - 2008||7/4/2012 - Present||California State U., Los Angeles, B.A., 1972||California Western School of Law, San Diego, J.D., 1976|
|Senior Judge Lawrence Karlton||7/24/1979 - 5/28/2000||1983 - 1990||5/28/2000 - Present||Columbia Law School, J.D., 1958|
|Senior Judge William Shubb||H.W. Bush||10/1/1990 - 11/1/2004||1996 - 2003||11/1/2004 - Present||U. of California, Berkeley, A.B., 1960||U. of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, J.D., 1963|
|Senior Judge Anthony Ishii||Clinton||10/14/1997 - 10/31/2012||2008 - 10/31/2012||10/31/2012 - Present||Reedley Junior College, A.S., 1966||U. of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, J.D., 1973|
|Magistrate Judge Edmund Brennan||8/21/2006 - Present||Doane College, B.A., 1973||Southwestern University School of Law, J.D., 1979|
|Magistrate Judge Greg Hollows||3/7/1990 - Present||Muskingum College, B.A., 1969||Loyola Law School, J.D., 1979|
|Magistrate Judge Dale A. Drozd||9/15/1997 - Present||California State University, San Diego, B.A. 1977||U. of California, Los Angeles, J.D., 1980|
|Magistrate Judge John Moulds||1/1983 - Present||Sacramento State College, A.B., 1960||U. of California, Boalt Hall School of Law, 1966|
|Magistrate Judge Craig Kellison||11/1/1983 - Present||U. of Nevada, B.S., 1972||Gonzaga University School of Law, J.D., 1976|
|Magistrate Judge Gary Austin||10/12/2007 - Present||California State U. Fresno, B.A., 1972||San Joaquin College of Law, J.D., 1976|
|Magistrate Judge Sandra Snyder||5/3/1993 - Present||California State University at Fresno, B.A., 1968||Golden Gate University School of Law, J.D., 1976|
|Magistrate Judge Stanley A. Boone||2012-Present||U. of California at Berkeley, 1988||U. of the Pacific, 1995|
|Magistrate Judge Allison Claire||2012-Present||U. of California Santa Cruz, 1990||U. of California Berkeley, 1993|
Former Chief judges
|Philip Wilkins||1979 - 1983|
|Thomas MacBride||1967 - 1979|
|David Levi||2003 - 2007|
|Robert Coyle||1990 - 1996|
|Myron Crocker||1966 - 1967|
|Anthony Ishii||2008 - 10/31/2012|
|William Shubb||1996 - 2003|
|Lawrence Karlton||1983 - 1990|
|Garland Burrell||2007 - 2008|
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||Edmund Brennan • Greg Hollows • Dale A. Drozd • John Moulds • Craig Kellison • Gary Austin • Sandra Snyder • Stanley A. Boone • Allison Claire •|
|Former Article III judges|
|Former Chief judges|