United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri

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Eastern District of Missouri
Eighth Circuit
E.D.Mo. Seal.svg
Judges: 9
Posts: 9
Vacancies: 0
Active judges
Chief: Catherine Perry
Senior Judges
Magistrate Judges
Former Judges
(Numbers indicate % of seats vacant.)
More than 40%

The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri is one of ninety-four United States district courts. When decisions of the court are appealed, they are appealed to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, based in downtown St. Louis, Missouri, at the Thomas F. Eagleton Federal Courthouse and Building.

The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court. The current district attorney is Richard G. Callahan.[1]

Vacancy warning level

The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri's vacancy warning level is green. The court currently has no vacancies out of its nine posts.

Pending nominations

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

Active judges

Article III judges

JudgeBornHomeAppointed byActiveChiefPreceededBachelorsLaw
Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh, Jr.1952 inCape Girardeau, MOW. Bush 8/1/2008 - PresentDonald StohrSouthern Methodist U., B.A., 1973Southern Methodist U. School of Law, J.D., 1976
Judge Carol Jackson1952St. Louis, MOH.W. Bush 8/17/1992-Present2002-2009William HungateWellesley College, 1973University of Michigan Law School, 1976
Chief Judge Catherine Perry1952Hobart, OKClinton 10/07/1994 - Present2009 - PresentClyde CahillUniversity of Oklahoma, 1977Washington University School of Law, 1980
Judge Rodney Sippel1956Jefferson City, MOClinton 11/12/1997 - PresentStephen N. Limbaugh, Sr.University of Tulsa, B.S., 1978Washington University School of Law, J.D., 1981
Judge Henry Autrey1952Mobile, ALW. Bush 8/2/2002 - PresentGeorge GunnSt. Louis U., B.S., 1974St. Louis U. School of Law, J.D., 1977
Judge Audrey Fleissig1955St. Louis, MOObama 6/9/2010 - PresentE. Richard WebberCarleton College, B.A., 1976Washington U. School of Law, J.D., 1980
Judge Brian C. Wimes1966Kansas City, MOObama 4/23/2012 - PresentNanette LaughreyUniversity of Kansas, B.G.S., 1990Texas Southern U., J.D., 1994
Judge John A. Ross1954St. Louis, MOObama 10/11/2011 - PresentCharles ShawEmory U., B.A., 1976Emory U. School of Law, J.D., 1979
Judge Ronnie L. White1953St. Louis, MissouriObama 7/16/2014-PresentJean HamiltonSt. Louis University, 1979University of Missouri-Kansas City Law, 1983

Senior judges

JudgeAppointed byActiveChiefSeniorBachelorsLaw
Judge Jean HamiltonH.W. Bush 10/1/1990-7/1/20131995-20027/1/2013-PresentWellesley College, 1968Washington University School of Law, 1971
Senior Judge Charles ShawClinton 11/22/1993 - 12/31/200912/31/2009 - PresentHarris Stowe State College, B.A., 1966University of Missouri-Columbia, M.B.A., 1971
Senior Judge E. Richard WebberClinton 12/26/1995 - 6/30/20096/30/2009 - PresentUniversity of Missouri-Columbia, B.S., 1964University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, J.D., 1967
Senior Judge Edward FilippineCarter 7/22/1977 - 6/11/19951990 - 19956/11/1995 - PresentSaint Louis U., A.B., 1951Saint Louis U. School of Law, J.D., 1957
Senior Judge Donald StohrH.W. Bush 4/13/1992 - 12/31/200612/31/2006 - PresentSaint Louis U. School, B.S., 1956Saint Louis U. School of Law, J.D., 1958
Senior Judge Nanette LaughreyClinton 08/01/1996 - 08/27/201108/27/2011 - PresentUniversity of California, Los Angeles, 1967University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, 1975

Magistrate judges

Magistrate Judge Nannette Baker11/2020 - PresentUniversity of Tennessee, B.S.St. Louis U., J.D.
Magistrate Judge Thomas Mummert III2/1/1995-PresentUniversity of DaytonSt. Mary's U.
Magistrate Judge David D. Noce1976 - PresentSt. Louis U., A.B.University of Missouri Law, J.D., 1969
Magistrate Judge Terry I. AdelmanCurrentSt. Louis U., J.D., 1970
Magistrate Judge Shirley Mensah09/10/2012 - Present
Magistrate Judge Abbie S. Crites-Leoni3/1/2014 - PresentSoutheast Missouri State University, B.A.Southern Illinois U., J.D.
Magistrate Judge Noelle C. Collins12/1/2013 - PresentNorthwestern U., B.S., 1993University of Illinois Law, J.D., 2001


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

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.

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

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 and Washington counties, as well as the City of St. Louis.

The Northern Division, covering Adair, Audrain, Chariton, Clark, Knox, Lewis, Linn, Macon, Marion, Monroe, Montgomery, Pike, Ralls, Randolph, Schuyler, Scotland and Shelby 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.




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 3968395379213749 41728.09.4566 (16.0%)338
2012 3814361474283438 39907.910.4382 (11.4%)030
2011 3395389072853491 37947.57.9275 (8.9%)1212
2010 3075387769523571 33817.57211 (7.8%)17.112
2009 2887382267093577 31327.17.275 (3.3%)314
2008 2728362363513464 28876.97.655 (2.7%)8.315
2007249036806170364625246.57.438 (1.9%)911
*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 a searchable list of opinions, please see Eastern District of Missouri-Justia.com-Dockets and Filings.


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. On March 3, 1857, Statute 11 Stat. 197 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 to serve the Western District of Missouri.

Congress assigned Missouri to the Ninth Circuit on July 15, 1862, and then assigned Missouri to the Eighth Circuit on July 23, 1866.

Over time, seven additional judicial posts were added for a total of nine current posts.[6]

Judicial posts

The following table highlights the development of judicial posts for the Eastern District of Missouri:[6]

Year Statute Total Seats
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

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.[7][8]

Former judges

For information on judges of the Eastern District of Missouri, see former federal judges of the Eastern District of Missouri.

Federal courthouse

Three separate courthouses serve the Eastern District of Missouri.

See also

External links


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