United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma

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Eastern District of Oklahoma
Tenth Circuit
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Chief:James PayneJudges:2
Posts:2Vacancies:0
Active judges
White
Senior Judges
Seay
Magistrate Judges
ShrederWest
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 Oklahoma is a United States district court.

The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Oklahoma represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court. The current district attorney is Mark F. Green .[1]

When decisions of the court are appealed, they are appealed to the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals based in Downtown Denver at the Byron White Federal Courthouse.

Vacancy warning level

The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma's vacancy warning level is currently set at green. The court currently has all of the posts filled.

Jurisdiction

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

The jurisdiction of the Eastern District of Oklahoma consists of all the counties in the eastern part of the state of Oklahoma.

When decisions of the court are appealed, they are appealed to the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals based in Downtown Denver at the Byron White Federal Courthouse.

Cases heard

The Eastern District of Oklahoma 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 5186701188606 5828.412.45 (1%)014
2011 5086161124625 4997.8124 (0.9%)013
2010 5326171149654 4958.710.77 (1.6%)013
2009 4736601133610 5238.19.38 (1.9%)018
2008 5046211125659 4666.88.66 (1.5%)030
2007594621121575046579.43 (.7%)019
*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.
OKE Terminations Filed.jpg OKE Median Times.jpg

Clerk's office

The Eastern District of Oklahoma has only one courthouse. Bruce Guthrie is the official clerk of court. Clerks' offices are open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., excluding federal holidays. The contact information for the court is below:

Bruce Guthrie, Court Clerk
101 N. Fifth Street Room 208
Muskogee, Oklahoma 74401
918-684-7920 Main Clerk's Number
[2]

History

Court history

Federal courts in Oklahoma were established by Congress on June 16, 1906, with one post each for the Western and the Eastern districts. Over time, one additional judicial post was added for a total of two current posts.[3]

Judicial posts

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

Year Statute Total Seats
June 16, 1906 34 Stat. 267, 275 1
September 14, 1922 42 Stat. 837 2(1 Temporary)
February 16, 1925 43 Stat. 945 1 (Temporary reassigned)
February 16, 1925 43 Stat. 945 1 (Temporary reassigned)
June 22, 1936 49 Stat. 1804 2(1 Shared for 3 Districts)
May 19, 1961 75 Stat. 80 3(2 Shared for 3 Districts)
December 1, 1990 104 Stat. 5089 2(1 Shared for 3 Districts, 1 Reassigned)
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Notable cases

For a searchable list of opinions, please see Opinions for the Eastern District of Oklahoma.


Federal courthouse

Major news

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

See also

External links

References

Eastern District of Oklahoma
Tenth Circuit
Fedbadgesmall.png
Chief:James PayneJudges:2
Posts:2Vacancies:0
Active judges
White
Senior Judges
Seay
Magistrate Judges
ShrederWest
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 James Payne1941Lubbock, TXW. Bush 10/24/2001 - Present2002 - Present (EOK)Billy BurrageU. of Oklahoma, B.S., 1963U. of Oklahoma Law, J.D., 1966
Judge Ronald White1961Sapulpa, OKW. Bush 10/2/2003 - PresentFrank SeayU. of Oklahoma, B.A., 1983U. of Oklahoma Law, J.D., 1986


Pending appointments

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


Senior judges

JudgeAppointed byActiveChiefSeniorBachelorsLaw
Senior Judge Frank SeayCarter 11/2/1979 - 9/25/20031980 - 19969/25/2003 - PresentU. of Oklahoma, B.A., 1961U. of Oklahoma Law, J.D., 1966


Magistrate judges

JudgeActiveBachelorsLaw
Magistrate Judge Steven Shreder
Magistrate Judge Kimberly West


Past judges

Former Chief judges

Former Chief JudgesTerm
Orville Langley1965 - 1973
Frederick Daugherty1973-1975
Billy Burrage1996 - 2001
Eugene Rice1949 - 1963
Joseph Morris1975-1978
Frank Seay1980 - 1996

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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