United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia
The United States Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court. The current district attorney is William J. Ihlenfeld, II .
Vacancy warning level
The United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia's vacancy warning level is currently set at green. The court has no vacancies for their three posts.
The Northern District of West Virginia 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 Northern District of West Virginia has four separate courthouses. The official clerk of court is Cheryl Dean Riley. Offices are open Monday-Friday excluding holidays. Please consult the chart below for more information:
|Branch||Address||Phone number||Fax number|
|Clarksburg Division||Clerk, U. S. District Court
500 West Pike Street, Room 301 P.O. Box 2857 Clarksburg, WV 26302
|(304) 622-8513||(304) 623-4551|
|Elkins Division||District Clerk's Office
Clerk, U. S. District Court P.O. Box 1518 300 Third Street Elkins, WV 26241
|(304) 636-1445||(304) 636-5746|
|Martinsburg Division||Clerk, U. S. District Court
217 W. King Street, Room 102 Martinsburg, WV 25401
|(304) 267-8225||(304) 264-0434|
|Wheeling Division||Cheryl Dean Riley
Clerk, U. S. District Court 1125 Chapline Street P.O. Box 471 Wheeling, WV 26003
|(304) 232-0011||(304) 233-2185|
The District of West Virginia was established by Congress on June 11, 1864 out of the Western District of Virginia with one post to cover the entire state. On January 22, 1901 Congress divided the district into the Northern District of West Virginia and Southern District of West Virginia with one post each. Over time 2 additional judicial posts were added to the Northern District of West Virginia for a total of 3 current posts.
The following table highlights the development of judicial posts for the Northern District of West Virginia:
|June 11, 1864||13 Stat. 124||1 (Whole state)|
|January 22, 1901||31 Stat. 736||1|
|June 22, 1936||49 Stat. 1805||2 (1 temporary shared)|
|February 10, 1954||68 Stat. 8||2 (1 shared)|
|January 14, 1983||96 Stat. 2601 (temporary reassigned)||2|
|December 1, 1990||104 Stat. 5089||3|
This page is missing notable case information.
For a searchable list of opinions, please see Opinions of the Northern District of West Virginia.
There are four federal courthouses that serve the Southern District of West Virginia.
For new stories and other related material see West Virginia judicial news.
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia
- The United States Attorney's Office Northern District of West Virginia
- Opinions of the Northern District of West Virginia
- Judges of the Northern District of West Virginia
|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 West Virginia has 3 posts. This is a list of the current judges on the court:
|Chief Judge John Bailey||1951||Wheeling, WV||W. Bush||03/19/2007 - Present||2008 - Present||Frederick Stamp||Dartmouth College, A.B., 1973||West Virginia U. Law, J.D., 1976|
|Judge Irene Keeley||1944||Brooklyn, NY||H.W. Bush||08/12/1992 - Present||2001 - 2008||New Seat|104 Stat. 5089||College of Notre Dame of Maryland, B.A., 1965||West Virginia U. Law, J.D., 1980|
|Judge Gina Marie Groh||1964||Hagerstown, MD||Obama||3/15/2012 - Present||W. Craig Broadwater||Shepherd U., B.S., 1986||West Virginia U. Law, J.D., 1989|
There are no current pending appointments for the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia.
Senior judgesSee: Federal judges on senior status
The United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia has 1 judge on senior status currently. This is a list of the current senior judges on the court:
|Senior Judge Frederick Stamp||H.W. Bush||07/12/1990 - 10/31/2006||1994 - 2001||11/01/2006 - Present||Washington and Lee U., B.A., 1956||University of Richmond, T.C. Williams School of Law, LL.B., 1959|
|Magistrate Judge David Joel|
|Magistrate Judge John Kaull||9/29/2001-Present||West Virginia University||West Virginia University College of Law|
|Magistrate Judge James Seibert|
Former Chief judges
|Charles Paul||1963 - 1965|
|Harry Watkins||1954 - 1963|
|William Eli Baker||1948 - 1954|
|Irene Keeley||2001 - 2008|
|Frederick Stamp||1994 - 2001|
|Robert Maxwell||1965 - 1994|
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.
|Magistrate judges||David Joel • John Kaull • James Seibert •|
|Former Article III judges||
John Jay Jackson • Alston Gordon Dayton • Robert Maxwell • William Eli Baker • Harry Watkins • Herbert Boreman • W. Craig Broadwater • Sidney Christie • Charles Haden II • William Kidd • Charles Paul •
|Former Chief judges|