United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
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.
Vacancy warning level
The United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois's vacancy warning level is currently set at yellow. The court currently has one vacancy out of their four posts. There are two pending appointments for the district.
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 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.
|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 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:
|Benton, IL Division||301 West Main Street
Benton, IL 62812
|East St. Louis, IL Division||750 Missouri Avenue
East St. Louis, IL 62201
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Congress repealed the circuit court jurisdiction of the U.S. District Court for the District of Illinois on March 3, 1837, and established a United States circuit court within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.
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.
The following table highlights the development of judicial posts for the Southern District of Illinois:
|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|
This page is missing notable case information.
For a searchable list of opinions, please see Justia.com-Dockets and Filings-Southern District of Illinois.
Two separate courthouses serve the Southern District of Illinois.
For new stories and other related material see Illinois judicial news.
- Official Website of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
- Official Website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Illinois
- Judges of the Southern District of Illinois
- Opinions of the Southern District of Illinois
- Offices of the United States Attorneys, Official list
- Court Clerk Information(Select the appropriate division for info and map)
- FJC History of the Southern District of Illinois
|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 Southern District of Illinois has 4 posts. This is a list of the current judges on the court:
|Chief Judge David Herndon||1953||Sedalia, MO||Clinton||10/22/1998 - Present||2007 - Present||William Beatty||Southern Illinois U. at Edwardsville, B.A., 1974||Southern Illinois U. School of Law, J.D., 1977|
|Judge John Gilbert||1949||Carbondale, IL||H.W. Bush||9/24/1992 - 3/2014||1993 - 2000||James Foreman||U. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.S., 1971||Loyola U. Chicago School of Law, J.D., 1974|
|Judge Michael Joseph Reagan||1954||Albuquerque, NM||Clinton||10/13/2000 - Present||Paul Riley||Bradley U., B.S., 1976||St. Louis U., J.D., 1980|
Pending appointmentsThe United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois has 2 appointees pending and 1 vacancy. This is a list of the current pending appointees to the court:
|Nancy J. Rosenstengel||U. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.A., 1990||Southern Illinois U. Law, J.D., 1993|
|Staci Michelle Yandle||U. of Illinois, B.S., 1983||Vanderbilt U., J.D. 1987|
Senior judgesSee: Federal judges on senior status
The United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois has 1 judge on senior status currently. This is a list of the current senior judges on the court:
|Senior Judge William Stiehl||Reagan||6/16/1986 - 11/30/1996||1992 - 1993||11/30/1996 - Present||Saint Louis U. School of Law, LL.B., 1949|
|Magistrate Judge Philip Frazier||05/08/1987 - Present|
|Magistrate Judge Clifford Proud||04/07/1994 - Present||St. Louis U., A.B.||St. Louis U. Law, J.D.|
|Magistrate Judge Donald Wilkerson||01/04/2005 - Present||Illinois State U., B.S., 1973||St. Louis U. Law, J.D., 1993|
Former Chief judges
|Omer Poos||1966 - 1972|
|Frederick Mercer||1958 - 1966|
|Charles Guy Briggle||1948 - 1958|
|Robert Morgan||1972 - 1979|
|James Foreman||1979 - 1992|
|William Stiehl||1992 - 1993|
|Patrick G. Murphy||2000 - 2007|
|John Gilbert||1993 - 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. 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||Philip Frazier • Clifford Proud • Donald Wilkerson •|
|Former Article III judges||
Patrick G. Murphy • James Foreman • William Juergens • William Beatty • Robert Morgan • Samuel Hubbel Treat • William Joshua Allen • J. Otis Humphrey • Louis FitzHenry • Charles Guy Briggle • James Earl Major • Jackson Adair • James Ackerman • Frederick Mercer • Omer Poos • Paul Riley • Harlington Wood •
|Former Chief judges|