United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois

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Southern District of Illinois
Seventh Circuit
Judges: 4
Posts: 4
Vacancies: 0
Active judges
Chief: David Herndon
Senior Judges
Magistrate Judges
Former Judges
(Numbers indicate % of seats vacant.)
More than 40%

The United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois is one of ninety-four United States district courts. When decisions of the court are appealed, they are appealed to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals based in Chicago at the Everett M. Dirksen Federal Courthouse and Building.

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 green. The court currently has no vacancies out of their four posts.

Pending nominations

There are no pending nominations for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois.

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
Judge Nancy J. Rosenstengel1968Belleville, IllinoisObama 5/8/2014-PresentPatrick G. MurphyUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.A., 1990Southern Illinois U. Law, J.D., 1993
Judge Staci Michelle Yandle1961Centerville, IllinoisObama 6/17/2014-PresentJohn GilbertUniversity of Illinois, 1983Vanderbilt U., 1987

Senior judges

JudgeAppointed byActiveChiefSeniorBachelorsLaw
Senior Judge John GilbertH.W. Bush 9/24/1992-3/15/20141993-20003/15/2014-PresentUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1971Loyola U. Chicago School of Law, 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

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
Magistrate Judge Stephen C. Williams7/2010-PresentSouthern Illinois University Law, 1997


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

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.

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

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.




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 110554509155642253 133117.811.93122 (24.2%)019
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.

Notable cases

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


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. Congress then 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 two additional judicial posts were added for a total of four current posts.[2]

Judicial posts

The following table highlights the development of judicial posts for the Southern District of Illinois:[2]

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

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.[3][4]

Former judges

For more information about the judges of the Southern District of Illinois, see former federal judges of the Southern District of Illinois.

Federal courthouse

Two separate courthouses serve the Southern District of Illinois.

See also

External links


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