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United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma

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Northern District of Oklahoma
Tenth Circuit
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Judges: 4
Posts: 4
Vacancies: 0
Active judges
Chief: Gregory Frizzell
Senior Judges
Magistrate Judges
Former Judges
Key:
(Numbers indicate % of seats vacant.)
0%0%-10%
10%-25%25%-40%
More than 40%

The United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma is one of ninety-four United States district courts. 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.

The United States Attorney for the Northern District of Oklahoma represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court. The current district attorney is Danny Williams.[1]

Vacancy warning level

The United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma's vacancy warning level is green. The court currently has no vacancies.

Pending nominations

There are no pending nominations for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma.


Active judges

Article III judges

JudgeBornHomeAppointed byActiveChiefPreceededBachelorsLaw
Judge James Payne1941Lubbock, TXW. Bush 10/24/2001 - Present2002 - Present (EOK)Billy BurrageUniversity of Oklahoma, B.S., 1963University of Oklahoma Law, J.D., 1966
Judge Claire Eagan1950Bronx, NYW. Bush 10/24/2001-Present2005-2012Thomas R. BrettTrinity College, 1972Fordham Law School, 1976
Chief Judge Gregory Frizzell1956KansasW. Bush 2/2/2007 - Present3/14/2012 - PresentSven HolmesUniversity of Tulsa, B.A., 1981University of Michigan Law, J.D., 1984
Judge John Dowdell1955Tulsa, OKObama 12/11/2012-PresentTerence KernWake Forest U., B.A., 1978University of Tulsa Law, J.D., 1981


Senior judges

JudgeAppointed byActiveChiefSeniorBachelorsLaw
Senior judge Terence KernClinton 6/9/1994 - 1/4/20101996 - 20031/4/2010 - PresentOklahoma State University, 1966University of Oklahoma Law School, 1969


Magistrate judges

JudgeActiveBachelorsLaw
Magistrate Judge Frank McCarthy
Magistrate Judge Paul Cleary7/2002 - PresentWorcester Polytechnic Institute, 1971University of Tulsa College of Law, 1981
Magistrate Judge Lane Wilson01/02/2009 - Present


Jurisdiction

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

The Northern 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.

The jurisdiction of the Northern District of Oklahoma consists of all the counties in the northern part of the state of Oklahoma.

Caseloads

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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 1009118021891231 9586.210.923 (2.9%)3.515
2012 1050107321231153 9706.711.839 (4.7%)1222
2011 1052112621781164 10146.310.844 (4.9%)1219
2010 1014109821121103 10096.510.840 (4.5%)8.824
2009 976111520911124 9677.29.641 (4.6%)022
2008 928110520331076 9576.28.950 (6.3%)026
20079821052203411558796.810.474 (9.7%)427
*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 Opinions for the Northern District of Oklahoma.

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. The Northern District of Oklahoma was established on February 16, 1925, with one post separated from the Eastern District of Oklahoma. Over time, three additional judicial posts were added for a total of four current posts.[6]

Judicial posts

The following table highlights the development of judicial posts for the Northern District of Oklahoma:[6]

Year Statute Total Seats
February 16, 1925 43 Stat. 945 1
February 16, 1925 43 Stat. 945 1
June 22, 1936 49 Stat. 1804 2(1 Shared for 3 Districts)
May 19, 1961 75 Stat. 80 3(2 Shared for 3 Districts)
October 20, 1978 92 Stat. 1629 4(2 Shared for 3 Districts)
December 1, 1990 104 Stat. 5089 4(1 Shared for 3 Districts)

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 more information on judges of the Northern District of Oklahoma, see former federal judges of the Northern District of Oklahoma.

See also

External links

References


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