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United States District Court for the Eastern District of California

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Eastern District of California
Ninth Circuit
USDC-Eastern District of California seal.png
Judges: 5
Posts: 6
Vacancies: 1
Active judges
Chief: Morrison England
Senior Judges
Magistrate Judges
Former Judges
Key:
(Numbers indicate % of seats vacant.)
0%0%-10%
10%-25%25%-40%
More than 40%

The United States District Court for the Eastern District of California is one of ninety-four United States district courts. When decisions of the court are appealed, they are appealed to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, based in downtown San Francisco, California, at the James R. Browning Federal Courthouse.

The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of California represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court. The current district attorney is Benjamin B. Wagner.[1]

Vacancy warning level

The United States District Court for the Eastern District of California's vacancy warning level is yellow. The court currently has one vacancy out of its six seats.

Pending nominations

There are no pending nominations for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California.


Active judges

Article III judges

JudgeBornHomeAppointed byActiveChiefPreceededBachelorsLaw
Judge Lawrence O'Neill1952Oakland, CAW. Bush 04/17/2008 - PresentOliver WangerUniversity of California at Berkeley, B.A., 1973University of California, Hastings College of Law, J.D., 1979
Chief Judge Morrison England1954St. Louis, MOW. Bush 8/2/2002-Present11/1/2012-PresentLawrence KarltonUniversity of the Pacific, 1977University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, 1983
Judge John Mendez1955Oakland, CAW. Bush 4/17/2008 - PresentDavid LeviStanford University, B.A., 1977Harvard Law School, J.D., 1980
Judge Kimberly Mueller1957Newton, KansasObama 12/21/2010-PresentFrank DamrellPomona College, 1981Stanford Law School, 1995
Judge Troy L. Nunley1964San Francisco, CAObama 3/23/2013 - PresentGarland BurrellSt. Mary`s College of California, B.A., 1986University of California Law, J.D., 1990


Senior judges

JudgeAppointed byActiveChiefSeniorBachelorsLaw
Senior Judge Garland BurrellH.W. Bush March 2, 1992 - 7/4/20122007 - 20087/4/2012 - PresentCalifornia State U., Los Angeles, B.A., 1972California Western School of Law, San Diego, J.D., 1976
Senior Judge William ShubbH.W. Bush 10/1/1990 - 11/1/20041996 - 200311/1/2004 - PresentUniversity of California, Berkeley, A.B., 1960University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, J.D., 1963
Senior Judge Anthony IshiiClinton 10/14/1997 - 10/31/20122008 - 10/31/201210/31/2012 - PresentReedley Junior College, A.S., 1966University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, J.D., 1973


Magistrate judges

JudgeActiveBachelorsLaw
Magistrate Judge Edmund Brennan8/21/2006 - PresentDoane College, B.A., 1973Southwestern University School of Law, J.D., 1979
Magistrate Judge Greg Hollows3/7/1990 - PresentMuskingum College, B.A., 1969Loyola Law School, J.D., 1979
Magistrate Judge Dale A. Drozd9/15/1997 - PresentCalifornia State University, San Diego, B.A. 1977University of California, Los Angeles, J.D., 1980
Magistrate Judge Craig Kellison11/1/1983 - PresentUniversity of Nevada, B.S., 1972Gonzaga University School of Law, J.D., 1976
Magistrate Judge Gary Austin10/12/2007 - PresentCalifornia State U. Fresno, B.A., 1972San Joaquin College of Law, J.D., 1976
Magistrate Judge Dennis Beck3/12/1990 - PresentCollege of William and Mary, B.A., 1969College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law, J.D., 1972
Magistrate Judge Sandra Snyder5/3/1993 - PresentCalifornia State University at Fresno, B.A., 1968Golden Gate University School of Law, J.D., 1976
Magistrate Judge Stanley A. Boone2012-PresentUniversity of California at Berkeley, 1988University of the Pacific, 1995
Magistrate Judge Allison Claire2012-PresentUniversity of California Santa Cruz, 1990U. of California Berkeley, 1993
Magistrate Judge Carolyn K. Delaney8/2011-PresentWesleyan U., 1984Stanford U. Law, 1988
Magistrate judge Barbara A. McAuliffe10/14/2011-PresentLouisiana State University, 1980University of Stan Diego Law, 1989
Magistrate Judge Kendall J. Newman2/2010-PresentCornell U., 1980College of William and Mary, 1984
Magistrate Judge Sheila K. Oberto4/12/2010-PresentUniversity of Southern California, 1977University of Southern California Law, 1985
Magistrate Judge Michael J. Seng4/2/2010-PresentUniversity of Tennessee, 1969University of Tennessee Law, 1975
Magistrate Judge Jennifer L. Thurston12/31/2009-PresentCalifornia State U., 1989California Pacific Law, 1997


Jurisdiction

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

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.

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

There are five court divisions, with the two main court divisions covering the following counties:

The Fresno Division, covering Calaveras, Fresno, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Stanislaus, Tulare and Tuolumne 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 Eastern Division hears cases from Riverside and San Bernardino counties at its Riverside courthouse.

The Bakersfield office 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.

The Redding/Susanville office hears misdemeanors and petty crimes for federal lands and National Parks in four locations: Alturas, Chester, Herlong and Redding.

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.

Caseloads

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Federal Court Caseload 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
2013 85646071146356538 809714.49.7773 (13.6%)16.616
2012 88916904157957216 857913.17.4727 (11.9%)2.913
2011 94837132166157690 8925137.9712 (10.9%)2.516
2010 89677350163176804 951312.68.3723(10.1%)1217
2009 86137195158086757 905110.57.9716(10.4%)8.919
2008 80646470145345905 862910.99.6763 (11.6%)6.323
200770575961130185503751511.89.3715 (11.1%)716
*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.

Notable cases

For cases in the Eastern District of California, see United States District Court for the Eastern District of California Official Website or Justia.com.

History

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.[4]

Judicial posts

The following table highlights the development of judicial posts for the Eastern District of California:[4]

Year Statute Total Seats
March 18, 1966 80 Stat. 75 3
October 20, 1978 92 Stat. 1629 6

Former chief judges

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.[5][6]

Robert T. Matsui United States Federal Courthouse, Sacramento, CA

Former judges

For more information about the judges of the Eastern District of California, see former federal judges of the Eastern District of California.

Robert E. Coyle United States Federal Courthouse, Fresno, CA

Federal courthouse

Two separate courthouses serve the Eastern District of California.

See also

External links

References

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