United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois

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Southern District of Illinois
Seventh Circuit
SDIL.gif
Chief:David HerndonJudges:2
Posts:4Vacancies:2
Active judges
Reagan
Senior Judges
GilbertStiehl
Magistrate Judges
FrazierProudWilkerson
Former Judges
Key:
(Numbers indicate % of seats vacant.)
0%0%-10%
10%-25%25%-40%
More than 40%
Contents
1 Court
1.1 Vacancy warning level
1.2 Jurisdiction
1.2.1 Cases heard
1.2.2 Case load
1.3 Clerk's office
1.4 History
1.4.1 Court history
1.4.2 Judicial posts
1.4.3 Notable decisions
1.4.4 Federal courthouse
1.5 Major news
1.6 See also
1.7 External links
1.8 References
2 Judges

The United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois is the federal district court with jurisdiction that comprises the southern counties in Illinois.

The United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court. The current district attorney is Stephen R. Wigginton .[1]

Vacancy warning level

The United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois's vacancy warning level is currently set at red. The court currently has two vacancies out of their four posts. There are two pending appointments for the district.

Jurisdiction

The Counties of the Southern District of Illinois (click for larger map)

The geographic jurisdiction of the Southern District of Illinois consists of all the following counties in the southern part of the state of Illinois.

There are two court divisions, each covering the following counties:

The Benton Division, covering Alexander, Clark, Clay, Crawford, Cumberland, Edwards, Effingham, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Johnson, Lawrence, Massac, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Richland, Saline, Union, Wabash, Wayne, White and Williamson Counties

The East St. Louis Division, covering Bond, Calhoun, Clinton, Fayette, Jersey, Madison, Marion, Monroe, Randolph, St. Clair and Washington Counties

The jurisdiction of the Southern District of Illinois extends over the eastern suburbs of St. Louis and the city of Carbondale.

When decisions of the court are appealed, they are appealed to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals based in Downtown Chicago at the Everett M. Dirksen Federal Courthouse and Building.

Cases heard

The Southern District of Illinois has original jurisdiction over cases filed within its jurisdiction. These cases can include civil and criminal matters that fall under federal law.

Case load

Federal Court Case Load 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
2012 89084231131392084 110557.510.541 (0.4%)018
2011 49716084110552154 89018.17.645 (0.5%)027
2010 1271535166221658 49648.15.858 (1.2%)028
2009 1293154128341550 128499.260 (5.9%)026
2008 1387137527621468 12949.49.482 (8.2%)031
2007142915572986173412528.98.579 (7.5%)032
*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.
ILS Terminations Filed.jpg ILS Median Times.jpg

Clerk's office

The Southern District of Illinois has two separate courthouses. The Clerk's office is open Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m, excluding Federal holidays. Please consult the chart below for more information:

Branch Address Telephone Email
Benton, IL Division 301 West Main Street

Benton, IL 62812

(618) 439-7760 Nancy_Rosenstengel@ilsd.uscourts.gov
East St. Louis, IL Division 750 Missouri Avenue

East St. Louis, IL 62201

(618) 482-9371 Nancy_Rosenstengel@ilsd.uscourts.gov
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History

Court history

Illinois was established as one judicial district by Congress on March 3, 1819 with one post to cover the entire state. The district court was not yet assigned to a judicial circuit and was therefore granted the same jurisdiction as the United States circuit courts, excluding appeals and writs of error, which are the jurisdiction of the United States Supreme Court.

Congress repealed the circuit court jurisdiction of the U.S. District Court for the District of Illinois on March 3, 1837, and established a United States circuit court within the district and assigned it over to the Seventh Circuit.

Illinois divided into two judicial districts on February 13, 1855. The districts were known as the Northern District of Illinois and the Southern District of Illinois. One judgeship was assigned to each district and the District of Illinois was assigned over to the Northern District of Illinois.

Congress reorganized the circuits on July 15, 1862 and assigned Illinois to the Eighth Circuit and then to the Seventh Circuit on July 23, 1866.

The Eastern District of Illinois was established on March 3, 1905. One judgeship was authorized for the district court, as well as an additional judgeship to the Northern District of Illinois. Illinois was again reorganized into the Northern District of Illinois, the Central District of Illinois, and the Southern District of Illinois on October 2, 1978. Thirteen judgeships were assigned for the Northern District of Illinois, two for the Central District of Illinois, and two for the Southern District of Illinois. Over time 2 additional judicial posts were added for a total of 4 current posts.[3]

Judicial posts

The following table highlights the development of judicial posts for the Southern District of Illinois:

Year Statute Total Seats
March 3, 1819 3 Stat. 502 1
February 13, 1855 10 Stat. 606 1
February 20, 1931 46 Stat. 1196 2
October 2, 1978 92 Stat. 883 2
March 30, 1979 93 Stat. 6 2
July 10, 1984 98 Stat. 333 3
November 2, 2002 116 Stat. 1758 4
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Notable cases

This page is missing notable case information.



For a searchable list of opinions, please see Justia.com-Dockets and Filings-Southern District of Illinois.

Federal courthouse

Two separate courthouses serve the Southern District of Illinois.

Major news

For new stories and other related material see Illinois judicial news.

See also

External links

References

Southern District of Illinois
Seventh Circuit
SDIL.gif
Chief:David HerndonJudges:2
Posts:4Vacancies:2
Active judges
Reagan
Senior Judges
GilbertStiehl
Magistrate Judges
FrazierProudWilkerson
Former Judges
Key:
(Numbers indicate % of seats vacant.)
0%0%-10%
10%-25%25%-40%
More than 40%
Contents
1 Court
2 Judges
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

Active judges

Article III judges

JudgeBornHomeAppointed byActiveChiefPreceededBachelorsLaw
Chief Judge David Herndon1953Sedalia, MOClinton 10/22/1998 - Present2007 - PresentWilliam BeattySouthern Illinois U. at Edwardsville, B.A., 1974Southern Illinois U. School of Law, J.D., 1977
Judge Michael Joseph Reagan1954Albuquerque, NMClinton 10/13/2000 - PresentPaul RileyBradley U., B.S., 1976St. Louis U., J.D., 1980


Pending appointments

JudgeConfirmationBachelorsLaw
Nancy J. RosenstengelU. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.A., 1990Southern Illinois U. Law, J.D., 1993
Staci Michelle YandleU. of Illinois, B.S., 1983Vanderbilt U., J.D. 1987


Senior judges

JudgeAppointed byActiveChiefSeniorBachelorsLaw
Senior Judge John GilbertH.W. Bush 9/24/1992-3/15/20141993 - 20003/15/2014-PresentU. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.S., 1971Loyola U. Chicago School of Law, J.D., 1974
Senior Judge William StiehlReagan 6/16/1986 - 11/30/19961992 - 199311/30/1996 - PresentSaint Louis U. School of Law, LL.B., 1949


Magistrate judges

JudgeActiveBachelorsLaw
Magistrate Judge Philip Frazier05/08/1987 - Present
Magistrate Judge Clifford Proud04/07/1994 - PresentSt. Louis U., A.B.St. Louis U. Law, J.D.
Magistrate Judge Donald Wilkerson01/04/2005 - PresentIllinois State U., B.S., 1973St. Louis U. Law, J.D., 1993


Past judges

Former Chief judges

Former Chief JudgesTerm
Omer Poos1966 - 1972
Frederick Mercer1958 - 1966
Charles Guy Briggle1948 - 1958
Robert Morgan1972 - 1979
James Foreman1979 - 1992
William Stiehl1992 - 1993
Patrick G. Murphy2000 - 2007
John Gilbert1993 - 2000

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.[1][2]



Former judges



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