United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
The U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District of Missouri is a United States district court. It encompass 50 counties in the eastern half of Missouri. The Court is based in Saint Louis but is divided into three divisions: Eastern in Saint Louis, Northern in Hannibal, and Southeastern in Cape Girardeau. The Hannibal office is unstaffed unless court is being held there. The St. Louis Clerk's Office is located in downtown St. Louis, Missouri in the Thomas F. Eagleton Courthouse.
Vacancy warning level
The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri's vacancy warning level is currently set at yellow. The court currently has one vacancy out of their nine posts.
There are three court divisions, each covering the following counties:
The Eastern Division, covering Crawford, Dent, Franklin, Gasconade, Iron, Jefferson, Lincoln, Maries, Phelps, Saint Charles, Saint Francois, Sainte Genevieve, Saint Louis, Warren, Washington and the city of Saint Louis counties.
The Southeastern Division, covering Bollinger, Butler, Cape Girardeau, Carter, Dunklin, Madison, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Reynolds, Ripley, Scott, Shannon, Stoddard and Wayne counties.
The Eastern District of Missouri 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 Missouri has three separate courthouses. The Clerk's office is open Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m, excluding Federal holidays. Please consult the chart below for more information:
|St. Louis - Eastern Division||Thomas F. Eagleton Courthouse
111 South 10th Street, Suite 3.300
|Cape Girardeau - Southeastern Division||Rush Hudson Limbaugh, Sr. Courthouse
555 Independence Street
|Hannibal - Northern Division||801 Broadway
Hannibal, MO 63401
Congress established the state of Missouri as one judicial district on March 16, 1822 with one post to cover the entire state. The district court in Missouri was not yet assigned to a judicial circuit, and therefore was granted the same jurisdiction as the United States circuit courts, excluding appeals or writs of error, which are the jurisdiction of the United States Supreme Court.
On March 3, 1837, following Statute 5 Stat. 176, Congress repealed the circuit court jurisdiction of the district court of Missouri. Missouri was assigned to the Eighth Circuit and the U.S. Circuit Court for the District of Missouri was created. Statute 11 Stat. 197 on March 3, 1857 divided the U.S. Circuit Court for the District of Missouri into two judicial districts, known as the Eastern and the Western. One judgeship was authorized to each district, and the district judge who served the District of Missouri was assigned over to serve the Western District of Missouri.
Over time 7 additional judicial posts were added for a total of 9 current posts.
The following table highlights the development of judicial posts for the Eastern District of Missouri:
|March 16, 1822||3 Stat. 653||1|
|March 3, 1857||11 Stat. 197||2|
|September 14, 1922||42 Stat. 838||3 (1 temporary)|
|August 19, 1935||49 Stat. 659||3|
|June 22, 1936||49 Stat. 1804||4|
|December 24, 1942||56 Stat. 1083||5(1 temporary)|
|February 10, 1954||68 Stat. 8||5|
|June 2, 1970||84 Stat. 294||6|
|October 20, 1978||92 Stat. 1629||7|
|July 10, 1984||98 Stat. 333||8|
|December 1, 1990||104 Stat. 5089||9|
For a searchable list of opinions, please see Eastern District of Missouri-Justia.com-Dockets and Filings.
| • Bogus jailhouse lawyer (2010) Judge(s):Catherine Perry|
*USA v. Tedrick 4:09-cr-00476-CDP
|Judge Perry was the presiding judge in the trial of Jeffrey Tedrick. Tedick was sentenced by Judge Perry to four years in prison on February 16, 2010 for his role in defrauding people by acting as a jailhouse lawyer. The judge's sentence was double over federal sentencing guidelines which called for a 21 to 27 month sentence. |
Three separate courthouses serve the Eastern District of Missouri.
For new stories and other related material see Missouri judicial news.
- Eastern District website
- Opinons of the Eastern District of Missouri
- Official Website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Missouri
- Offices of the United States Attorneys, Official list
- Court Clerk Information(Select the appropriate division for info and map)
- FJC History of the Eastern District of Missouri
- Courthouse News Service "Bogus Jailhouse Lawyer Sent to Prison," February 16, 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 Eastern District of Missouri has 9 posts. This is a list of the current judges on the court:
|Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh, Jr.||1952 in||Cape Girardeau, MO||W. Bush||8/1/2008 - Present||Donald Stohr||Southern Methodist U., B.A., 1973||Southern Methodist U. School of Law, J.D., 1976|
|Judge Carol Jackson||1952||St. Louis, MO||H.W. Bush||8/17/1992 - Present||2002 - 2009||William Hungate||Wellesley College, B.A., 1973||U. of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1976|
|Chief Judge Catherine Perry||1952||Hobart, OK||Clinton||10/7/1994 - Present||2009 - Present||Clyde Cahill||U. of Oklahoma, B.A., 1977||Washington U. School of Law, J.D., 1980|
|Judge Rodney Sippel||1956||Jefferson City, MO||Clinton||11/12/1997 - Present||Stephen N. Limbaugh, Sr.||University of Tulsa, B.S., 1978||Washington University School of Law, J.D., 1981|
|Judge Henry Autrey||1952||Mobile, AL||W. Bush||8/2/2002 - Present||George Gunn||St. Louis U., B.S., 1974||St. Louis U. School of Law, J.D., 1977|
|Judge Audrey Fleissig||1955||St. Louis, MO||Obama||6/9/2010 - Present||E. Richard Webber||Carleton College, B.A., 1976||Washington U. School of Law, J.D., 1980|
|Judge Brian C. Wimes||1966||Kansas City, MO||Obama||4/23/2012 - Present||Nanette Laughrey||U. of Kansas, B.G.S., 1990||Texas Southern U., J.D., 1994|
|Judge John A. Ross||1954||St. Louis, MO||Obama||10/11/2011 - Present||Charles Shaw||Emory U., B.A., 1976||Emory U. School of Law, J.D., 1979|
Pending appointmentsThe United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri has 1 appointee pending and 1 vacancy. This is a list of the current pending appointees to the court:
|Ronnie L. White||St. Louis University, B.A., 1979||U. of Missouri-Kansas City Law, J.B., 1983|
Senior judgesSee: Federal judges on senior status
The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri has 6 judges on senior status currently. This is a list of the current senior judges on the court:
|Judge Jean Hamilton||H.W. Bush||10/1/1990 - 7/1/2013||1995 - 2002||7/1/2013 - Present||Wellesley College, B.A., 1968||Washington U. School of Law, J.D., 1971|
|Senior Judge Charles Shaw||Clinton||11/22/1993 - 12/31/2009||12/31/2009 - Present||Harris Stowe State College, B.A., 1966||U. of Missouri-Columbia, M.B.A., 1971|
|Senior Judge E. Richard Webber||Clinton||12/26/1995 - 6/30/2009||6/30/2009 - Present||U. of Missouri-Columbia, B.S., 1964||U. of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, J.D., 1967|
|Senior Judge Edward Filippine||Carter||7/22/1977 - 6/11/1995||1990 - 1995||6/11/1995 - Present||Saint Louis U., A.B., 1951||Saint Louis U. School of Law, J.D., 1957|
|Senior Judge Donald Stohr||H.W. Bush||4/13/1992 - 12/31/2006||12/31/2006 - Present||Saint Louis U. School, B.S., 1956||Saint Louis U. School of Law, J.D., 1958|
|Senior Judge Nanette Laughrey||Clinton||8/1/1996 - 8/27/2011||8/27/2011 - Present||University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., 1967||University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, J.D., 1975|
|Magistrate Judge Nannette Baker||11/2020 - Present||U. of Tennessee, B.S.||St. Louis U., J.D.|
|Magistrate Judge Thomas Mummert III||2/1/1995-Present||U. of Dayton||St. Mary's U.|
|Magistrate Judge David D. Noce||1976 - Present||St. Louis U., A.B.||U. of Missouri Law, J.D., 1969|
|Magistrate Judge Terry I. Adelman||Current||St. Louis U., J.D., 1970|
|Magistrate Judge Shirley Mensah||09/10/2012 - Present|
Former Chief judges
|James Meredith||1971 - 1979|
|Harris Wangelin||1979 - 1983|
|George Moore||1948 - 1959|
|Roy Winfield Harper||1959 - 1971|
|John Nangle||1983 - 1990|
|Edward Filippine||1990 - 1995|
|Jean Hamilton||1995 - 2002|
|Carol Jackson||2002 - 2009|
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.
- Stephen N. Limbaugh, Sr.
- John Nangle
- Samuel Treat
- Elmer Bragg Adams
- Henry Samuel Priest
- Amos Madden Thayer
- David Patterson Dyer
- Gustavus Adolphus Finkelnburg
- Charles Breckenridge Faris
- Roy Winfield Harper
- Charles B. Davis
- George Moore
- John Collet
- William Webster
- Clyde Cahill
- William Collinson
- Richard Duncan
- Joseph Stevens
- Harris Wangelin
- George Gunn
- Rubey Hulen
- William Hungate
- James Meredith
- John Regan
- Randolph Weber
|Magistrate judges||Nannette Baker • Thomas Mummert III • David D. Noce • Terry I. Adelman • Shirley Mensah •|
|Former Article III judges||
Stephen N. Limbaugh, Sr. • John Nangle • Samuel Treat • Elmer Bragg Adams • Henry Samuel Priest • Amos Madden Thayer • David Patterson Dyer • Gustavus Adolphus Finkelnburg • Charles Breckenridge Faris • Roy Winfield Harper • Charles B. Davis • George Moore • John Collet • William Webster • Clyde Cahill • William Collinson • Richard Duncan • Joseph Stevens • Harris Wangelin • George Gunn • Rubey Hulen • William Hungate • James Meredith • John Regan • Randolph Weber •
|Former Chief judges|