United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
The United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania is a United States district court.
Vacancy warning level
The United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania's vacancy warning level is currently set at green. The court currently has no vacancies for its six posts. The most recent confirmation was on December 21, 2012. There are no pending appointments for the district.
The court has jurisdiction over approximately one half of Pennsylvania. The court was created in 1901 by subdividing the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. The court is under the jurisdiction of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia.
Because Harrisburg, the state capital, is located within the district's jurisidiction, most suits against the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania are filed in the Middle District. Similarly, because York County Prison served as the largest Immigration and Naturalization Service facility in the Northeast, the Middle District also adjudicated a large number of immigration cases. The courts of appeal are now responsible for most judicial review of immigration decisions, bypassing the Middle District and other district courts.
The Western District of Pennsylvania 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 Middle District of Pennsylvania has four separate divisions. The official clerk of court is Mary E. D'Andrea. Offices are open Monday - Friday excluding federal holidays. Please consult the chart below for more information:
|Scranton Headquarters||William J. Nealon Federal Building & U.S. Courthouse
235 N. Washington Ave. P.O. Box 1148 Scranton, PA 18501
|Harrisburg Division||Federal Building &
U.S. Courthouse 228 Walnut Street. P.O. Box 983 Harrisburg, PA 17108
|Williamsport Division||U.S. Courthouse
& Federal Office Building 240 West Third Street, Suite 218 Williamsport, PA 17701
|Wilkes-Barre Office||Max Rosenn U.S. Courthouse
197 South Main Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701
The District of Pennsylvania was established by Congress on September 24, 1789 with one post to cover the entire state. On April 20, 1818 Congress divided the district into the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the Western District of Pennsylvania with one post each. On March 2, 1901, Congress again redefined the boundaries of the district, transitioning a portion of both districts to the newly formed Middle District of Pennsylvania. Over time 5 additional judicial posts were added to the Middle District of Pennsylvania for a total of 6 current posts.
The following table highlights the development of judicial posts for the Western District of Virginia:
|September 24, 1789||1 Stat. 73||1 (Whole state)|
|March 2, 1901||31 Stat. 880||1|
|February 28, 1929||45 Stat. 1344||2|
|July 24, 1946||60 Stat. 654||3(1 shared temporary)|
|February 10, 1954||68 Stat. 8||2|
|May 19, 1961||75 Stat. 80||3|
|June 2, 1970||84 Stat. 294||4(1 Temporary)|
|October 20, 1978||92 Stat. 1629||5|
|December 1, 1990||104 Stat. 5089||6|
This page is missing notable case information.
For a searchable list of opinions, please see Opinions of the Middle District of Pennsylvania.
There are three federal courthouses that serve the Middle District of Pennsylvania.
- Harrisburg -Ronald Reagan Federal Building and Courthouse.
- Scranton - William J. Nealon Federal Building and Courthouse.
- Williamsport - Herman T. Schneebeli Federal Building and Courthouse
- Wilkes-Barre - Max Rosenn U.S. Courthouse
For new stories and other related material see Pennsylvania judicial news.
- Official website
- Opinions of the Middle District of Pennsylvania
- US Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
- Judges of the Middle District of Pennsylvania
|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 Middle District of Pennsylvania has 6 posts. This is a list of the current judges on the court:
|Chief Judge Yvette Kane||1953||Donaldsonville, LA||Clinton||10/22/1998 - Present||2006 - Present||Edwin Kosik||Nicholls State U., B.A., 1973||Tulane Law, J.D., 1976|
|Judge Christopher Conner||1957||Harrisburg, PA||W. Bush||07/29/2002 - Present||Sylvia Rambo||Cornell, B.A., 1979||Dickinson Law, J.D., 1982|
|Judge John E. Jones||1955||Pottsville, PA||W. Bush||07/31/2002 - Present||James McClure||Dickinson College, B.A., 1977||Dickinson Law, J.D., 1980|
|Judge Malachy Mannion||1953||Montreal, Canada||Obama||12/21/2012 - Present||A. Richard Caputo||U. of Scranton, B.S., 1976||Pace U. Law, J.D., 1979|
|Judge Robert David Mariani||1950||Scranton, PA||Obama||10/19/2011 - Present||James M. Munley||Villanova U., A.B., 1972||Syracuse U. Law, J.D., 1976|
|Judge Matthew Brann||1965||Elmira, NY||Obama||12/21/2012 - Present||Thomas Vanaskie||Notre Dame, B.A., 1987||Pennsylvania State U. Law, J.D., 1990|
According to local newscaster WFMZ, from June 1, 2011 to July 15, 2011 US Senators Bob Casey (D) and Pat Toomey (R) are accepting applications for the vacancies on the Middle District Court. Interested parties can submit an application Senator Casey's website or Senator Toomey's website.
There are no current pending appointments for the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.
Senior judgesSee: Federal judges on senior status
The United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania has 9 judges on senior status currently. This is a list of the current senior judges on the court:
|Senior Judge Richard Caputo||Clinton||11/12/1997 - 03/30/2009||03/31/2009 - Present||Brown, A.B., 1960||U. of Pennsylvania Law School, LL.B., 1963|
|Senior Judge James Munley||Clinton||10/22/1998 - 01/29/2009||01/30/2009 - Present||U. of Scranton, B.S., 1958||Temple U. Law, LL.B., 1963|
|Senior Judge William Nealon||Kennedy||12/13/1962 - 01/01/1989||1976 - 1989||12/31/1988 - Present||Villanova U., B.S., 1947||Catholic U. of America Law, LL.B., 1950|
|Senior Judge Richard Conaboy||Carter||07/24/1979 - 08/31/1992||1989 - 1992||09/01/1992 - Present||U. of Scranton, B.A., 1945||Catholic U. of America Law, LL.B., 1950|
|Senior Judge Sylvia Rambo||Carter||07/24/1979 - 04/17/2001||1992 - 1999||04/18/2001 - Present||Dickinson College, B.A., 1958||Dickinson Law, J.D., 1962|
|Senior Judge William Caldwell||Reagan||03/19/1982 - 05/30/1994||05/31/1994 - Present||Dickinson College, A.B., 1948||Dickinson Law, LL.B., 1951|
|Senior Judge Edwin Kosik||Reagan||06/16/1986 - 07/14/1996||07/15/1996 - Present||Wilkes College, B.A., 1949||Dickinson Law, LL.B., 1951|
|Magistrate Judge Thomas Blewitt||02/21/1992 - Present||U. of Scranton, B.A., 1972||Temple U. Law, J.D., 1983|
|Magistrate Judge Andrew Smyser||06/16/1982 - Present||Lehigh U., B.A., 1969||Georgetown U. Law, J.D., 1972|
|Magistrate Judge William Arbuckle||07/29/2008 - Present||Grove City College, B.A., 1971||Akron U. Law, J.D., 1974|
|Magistrate Judge (Recalled) Mildred Methvin|
|Magistrate Judge Martin C. Carlson||08/15/2009 - Present||Pennsylvania State U., B.A., 1977||U. of Pennsylvania Law, J.D., 1980|
|Judge Susan E. Schwab||2012-Present||Wilkes University||Widener University School of Law, 1992|
|Magistrate Judge Karoline Mehalchick||2013-Present||Pennsylvania State University||Tulane University School of Law|
Former Chief judges
|Michael Sheridan||1962 - 1976|
|John William Murphy||1955 - 1962|
|Albert Leisenring Watson||1948 - 1955|
|Richard Conaboy||1989 - 1992|
|William Nealon||1976 - 1989|
|Thomas Vanaskie||1999 - 2006|
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.
|Seat 1||Seat 2||Seat 3|
|There are no current judges in this category.||There are no current judges in this category.|
|Seat 3T||Seat 4||Seat 5|
|There are no current judges in this category.|
|Magistrate judges||Thomas Blewitt • Andrew Smyser • William Arbuckle • Mildred Methvin • Martin C. Carlson • Susan E. Schwab • Karoline Mehalchick •|
|Former Article III judges||
Thomas Vanaskie • James McClure • Robert Wodrow Archbald • Charles Witmer • Albert Williams Johnson • Albert Leisenring Watson • Frederick Follmer • Robert Herman • John William Murphy • Michael Sheridan •
|Former Chief judges|