United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
- 1 Vacancy warning level
- 2 Active judges
- 3 Jurisdiction
- 4 Caseloads
- 5 Notable cases
- 6 History
- 7 Federal courthouse
- 8 See also
- 9 External links
- 10 References
The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas is one of ninety-four United States district courts. The court's headquarters are in Tyler, Texas. When decisions of the court are appealed, they are appealed to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals based in downtown New Orleans at the John Minor Wisdom Federal Courthouse.
Vacancy warning level
|Amos Mazzant||University of Pittsburgh, 1987||Baylor Law, 1990|
|Robert William Schroeder III||University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 1989||American U. Law, 1994|
Article III judges
|Judge Ron Clark||1953||Caripito, Venezuela||W. Bush||10/10/2002- Present||Howell Cobb||University of Connecticut, B.A., 1973||University of Texas, J.D., 1979|
|Judge Marcia Crone||1952||Dallas, TX||W. Bush||10/3/2003 - Present||New Seat|116 Stat. 1758||University of Texas, B.A., 1973||University of Houston Law Center, J.D., 1978|
|Chief Judge Leonard Davis||1948||Fort Worth, TX||W. Bush||5/10/2002 - Present||2012 - Present||Paul N. Brown||University of Texas, B.A., 1970||Baylor U. School of Law, J.D., 1976|
|Judge Richard Schell||1950||Dallas, TX||Reagan||6/6/1988 - Present||1994 - 2001||William Steger||Southern Methodist U., B.A., 1972||Southern Methodist U., J.D., 1975|
|Judge Michael Schneider||1943||San Antonio, TX||W. Bush||9/10/2004 - Present||John H. Hannah||Lon Morris College, A.A.; 1963; Stephen F. Austin State U., B.S., 1965||University of Houston Law School, J.D.; 1970 U. of Virginia Law School, LL.M., 2001|
|Judge James Gilstrap||1957||Pensacola, FL||Obama||12/6/2011 - Present||Thad Heartfield||Baylor University, B.A., 1978||Baylor University School of Law, J.D., 1981|
|Senior Judge Thad Heartfield||Clinton||3/17/1995 - 1/1/2010||2003 - 2009||1/1/2010 - Present||St. Mary`s University, B.A., 1962||St. Mary`s University School of Law, J.D., 1965|
|Magistrate Judge Amos Mazzant||01/09/2009-Present||University of Pittsburgh, 1987||Baylor Law, 1990|
|Magistrate Judge Don Bush|
|Magistrate Judge Caroline Craven|
|Magistrate Judge Keith Giblin||10/01/2004 - Present|
|Magistrate Judge John Love||01/20/2006 - Present||Texas A&M University||St. Mary's University of San Antonio|
|Magistrate Judge Zack Hawthorn|
|Magistrate Judge Roy Payne|
|Magistrate Judge Katie Nicole Mitchell||8/2013-Present||Baylor University, 2006|
The Eastern District of Texas has original jurisdiction over cases filed within its jurisdiction. These cases can include civil and criminal matters that fall under federal law.
There are six court divisions, each covering the following counties:
|Federal Court Caseload 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.
For a searchable list of opinions, please see Justia.com-Dockets and Filings-Eastern District of Texas.
On December 29, 1845, the State of Texas was organized as one judicial district. One judgeship was authorized for this U.S. district court, and being that it was not assigned to a judicial circuit, the district court was granted the same jurisdiction as the United States circuit courts, excluding appeals and writs of error, which are the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court.
Texas was divided into two judicial districts, known as the Eastern District of Texas and the Western District of Texas, on February 21, 1857. One judgeship was authorized for the court in each district. Circuit court jurisdiction of the district court in Texas was repealed on July 15, 1862, and a U.S. circuit court was established for the district and assigned over to the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Texas was then assigned to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on July 23, 1866.
The Northern District of Texas was established on February 24, 1879, with one judgeship authorized to the district court. On February 9, 1898, a temporary judgeship was authorized to the Northern District. However, the statute provided that any vacancy in the existing judgeship would not be filled.
The following table highlights the development of judicial posts for the Eastern District of Texas:
|December 29, 1845||9 Stat. 1||1|
|February 21, 1857||11 Stat. 164||1|
|February 10, 1954||68 Stat. 8||2|
|June 2, 1970||84 Stat. 294||3|
|October 20, 1978||92 Stat. 1629||4|
|July 10, 1984||98 Stat. 333||6|
|December 1, 1990||104 Stat. 5089||7|
|November 2, 2002||116 Stat. 1758||8|
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.
For more information on the judges of the Eastern District of Texas, see former federal judges of the Eastern District of Texas.
Six separate courthouses serve the Eastern District of Texas.
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
- United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Texas
- Judges of the Eastern District of Texas
- Opinions of the Eastern District of Texas
|Magistrate judges||Amos Mazzant • Don Bush • Caroline Craven • Keith Giblin • John Love • Zack Hawthorn • Roy Payne • Katie Nicole Mitchell •|
|Former Article III judges||
John Charles Watrous • Amos Morrill • Joel Winch • Chauncey Brewer Sabin • Robert Parker • David Ezekiel Bryant • Gordon James Russell • William Lee Estes • David Folsom • T. John Ward • William Justice • Randolph Bryant • Paul N. Brown • Lamar Cecil • Howell Cobb • Joseph Fisher • Sam Hall • John H. Hannah • Joseph Sheehy • William Steger •
|Former Chief judges|