United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
The United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas is a United States district court. The court convenes in Dallas with divisions in Fort Worth, Amarillo, Abilene, Lubbock, San Angelo and Wichita Falls. It has jurisdiction over 100 counties in the Northern and Central parts of the state of Texas.
Vacancy warning level
The United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas's vacancy warning level is currently set at blue. The court currently has one vacancy out of their twelve posts. There are no pending appointments for the district.
There are seven court divisions, each covering the following counties:
The Amarillo Division, covering Armstrong, Briscoe, Carson, Castro, Childress, Collingsworth, Dallam, Deaf Smith, Donley, Gray, Hall, Hansford, Hartley, Hemphill, Hutchinson, Lipscomb, Moore, Ochiltree, Oldham, Parmer, Potter, Randall, Roberts, Sherman, Swisher, and Wheeler Counties
The court convenes in Dallas with divisions in Fort Worth, Amarillo, Abilene, Lubbock, San Angelo and Wichita Falls. It has jurisdiction over 100 counties in the Northern and Central parts of the state of Texas.
The Northern 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.
|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.
|Abilene Division||341 Pine Street, 2008
Abilene, TX 79601
|(325) 677-6311||8:30 a.m. - 12 Noon|
1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
|Amarillo Division||205 E. Fifth Street, 133
Amarillo, TX 79101-1559
|(806) 468-3800||8:30 a.m. - 12 Noon|
1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
|Dallas Division (Headquarters)||1100 Commerce Street, Room 1452
Dallas, TX 75242
|(214) 753-2200||8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.|
|Ft. Worth Division||501 West 10th Street, Room 310
Fort Worth, TX 76102-3673
|(817) 850-6600||8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.|
|Lubbock Division||1205 Texas Avenue, Room 209
Lubbock, TX 79401-4091
|(806) 472-1900||8:30 a.m. - 12 Noon|
1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
|San Angelo Division||33 E. Twohig Avenue, 202
San Angelo, TX 76903-6451
|(325) 655-4506||8:30 a.m. - 12 Noon|
1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m
|Wichita Falls Division||1000 Lamar Street, 203
Wichita Falls, TX 76301
|(817) 850-6600||8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.|
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 of Texas. 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 Northern District of Texas:
|December 29, 1845||9 Stat. 1||1|
|February 24, 1879||20 Stat. 318||1|
|February 9, 1898||30 Stat. 240||2|
|February 26, 1919||40 Stat. 1183||2|
|September 14, 1922||42 Stat. 837||3(1 Temporary)|
|August 19, 1935||49 Stat. 659||3|
|May 19, 1961||75 Stat. 80||5|
|June 2, 1970||84 Stat. 294||6|
|October 20, 1978||92 Stat. 1629||9|
|July 10, 1984||98 Stat. 333||10|
|December 1, 1990||104 Stat. 5089||12|
This page is missing notable case information.
For a searchable list of opinions, please see Justia.com-Dockets and Filings-Northern District of Texas.
Seven separate courthouses serve the Northern District of Texas.
For new stories and other related material see Texas judicial news.
- United States District Court for the District of Northern Texas
- United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Texas
- Opinions of the Northern District of Texas
- Judges of the Northern District of Texas
|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 Northern District of Texas has 12 posts. This is a list of the current judges on the court:
|Chief Judge Sidney Fitzwater||1953||Olney, MD||Reagan||3/19/1986 - Present||2007 - Present||Robert Hill||Baylor U., B.A., 1975||Baylor U. School of Law, J.D., 1976|
|Judge Mary Lou Robinson||1926||Dodge City, KS||Carter||4/26/1979 - Present||New Seat|92 Stat. 1629||U. of Texas, B.A., 1948||U. of Texas School of Law, LL.B., 1950|
|Judge Sam Cummings||1944||Lubbock, TX||Reagan||12/9/1987 - Present||Halbert O. Woodward||Texas Tech U., B.B.A., 1967||Baylor U. School of Law, J.D., 1970|
|Judge Jorge Solis||1951||San Ygnacio, TX||H.W. Bush||9/16/1991 - Present||Robert Porter||McMurry College, B.A., 1973||U. of Texas School of Law, J.D., 1976|
|Judge Sam Lindsay||1951||San Antonio, TX||Clinton||3/17/1998 - Present||New Seat|104 Stat. 5089||St. Mary`s U., B.A., 1974||U. of Texas School of Law, J.D., 1977|
|Judge Barbara Lynn||1952||Binghamton, NY||Clinton||11/22/1999 - Present||Harold Sanders||U. of Virginia, B.A., 1973||Southern Methodist U., J.D., 1976|
|Judge David Godbey||1957||Temple, TX||W. Bush||8/2/2002 - Present||Robert Maloney||Southern Methodist U., B.S.E.E./B.S., 1978||Harvard Law School, J.D., 1982|
|Judge James Kinkeade||1951||Denton, TX||W. Bush||11/15/2002 - Present||Elton Kendall||Baylor U., B.A., 1973||Baylor Law School, J.D., 1974|
|Judge Jane Boyle||1954||Sharon, PA||W. Bush||6/29/2004 - Present||Jerry Buchmeyer||U. of Texas, B.S., 1977||Southern Methodist U. School of Law, J.D., 1981|
|Judge Reed O'Connor||1965||Houston, TX||W. Bush||11/21/2007 - Present||Joe Fish||U. of Houston, B.S., 1986||South Texas College of Law, J.D., 1989|
|Judge John McBryde||1931||Jackson, MS||H.W. Bush||8/7/1990 - Present||Eldon Mahon||Texas Christian University, B.S., 1953||U. of Texas School of Law, LL.B., 1956|
There are no current pending appointments for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas.
Senior judgesSee: Federal judges on senior status
The United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas has 4 judges on senior status currently. This is a list of the current senior judges on the court:
|Senior Judge Joe Fish||Reagan||2/24/1983 - 11/12/2007||2002 - 2007||11/12/2007 - Present||Yale College, B.A., 1965||Yale Law School, LL.B., 1968|
|Senior Judge Robert Maloney||Reagan||10/17/1985 - 8/31/2000||8/31/2000 - Present||Southern Methodist U., B.B.A., 1956||Southern Methodist U. School of Law, J.D., 1960|
|Senior Judge Terry Means||H.W. Bush||11/5/1991 - 7/3/2013||7/3/2013 - Present||Southern Methodist U., B.A., 1971||Southern Methodist U. School of Law, J.D., 1974|
|Magistrate Judge Kerry Roach||1980 - Present||U. of Oklahoma, B.A., 1965||U. of Texas Law, L.L.B, 1968|
|Magistrate Judge Clinton Averitte||1987 - Present||U. of Texas, B.S., 1971||Southern Methodist U. Law, J.D., 1974|
|Magistrate Judge Irma Ramirez||2002 - Present||West Texas State U., B.A., 1986||Southern Methodist U. Law, J.D., 1991|
|Magistrate Judge Nancy Koenig||1998 - Present||U. of Texas at Austin, B.A., 1972||Texas Tech U. Law, J.D., 1982|
|Magistrate Judge Paul Stickney||1998 - Present||U. of South Dakota, B.S., 1978||U. of South Dakota Law, J.D., 1981|
|Magistrate Judge Jeff Kaplan||1994 - Present||Vanderbilt U., B.A., 1978||Southern Methodist U. Law, J.D., 1981|
|Magistrate Judge Jeffrey Cureton||2010 - Present||Baylor U., B.A., 1990||Baylor U. Law, J.D., 1993|
|Magistrate Judge Renee Toliver||2010 - Present||Howard U., B.A., 1981||U. of Texas Law, J.D., 1984|
|Magistrate Judge Scott Frost||2011 - Present||Angelo State U., B.A., 1984||Texas Tech U. Law, J.D., 1987|
|Judge David L. Horan||2012-Present||University of Notre Dame, 1996||Yale Law School, 2000|
Former Chief judges
|Halbert Woodward||1977 - 1986|
|William Taylor||1973 - 1977|
|Robert Porter||1986 - 1989|
|Joe Estes||1959 - 1972|
|Joseph Dooley||1959 - 1959|
|Leo Brewster||1972 - 1973|
|Thomas Whitfield Davidson||1954 - 1959|
|William Hawley Atwell||1948 - 1954|
|Joe Fish||2002 - 2007|
|Jerry Buchmeyer||1995 - 2001|
|Harold Sanders||1989 - 1995|
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.
- Andrew Phelps McCormick
- Patrick Higginbotham
- Robert Hill
- John Rector
- Edward Roscoe Meek
- Harold Sanders
- Jerry Buchmeyer
- William Furgeson
- James Clifton Wilson
- William Hawley Atwell
- Thomas Whitfield Davidson
- David Belew
- Leo Brewster
- Joseph Dooley
- Joe Estes
- Sarah Hughes
- Elton Kendall
- Eldon Mahon
- Robert Porter
- William Taylor
- Halbert Woodward
|Magistrate judges||Kerry Roach • Clinton Averitte • Irma Ramirez • Nancy Koenig • Paul Stickney • Jeff Kaplan • Jeffrey Cureton • Renee Toliver • Scott Frost • David L. Horan •|
|Former Article III judges||
Andrew Phelps McCormick • Patrick Higginbotham • Robert Hill • John Rector • Edward Roscoe Meek • Harold Sanders • Jerry Buchmeyer • William Furgeson • James Clifton Wilson • William Hawley Atwell • Thomas Whitfield Davidson • David Belew • Leo Brewster • Joseph Dooley • Joe Estes • Sarah Hughes • Elton Kendall • Eldon Mahon • Robert Porter • William Taylor • Halbert Woodward •
|Former Chief judges|