United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas

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Western District of Arkansas
Eighth Circuit
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Chief:Paul K. HolmesJudges:3
Posts:3Vacancies:0
Active judges
BrooksHickey
Senior Judges
BarnesDawsonHendren
Magistrate Judges
BryantMarschewskiSetser
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 Western District of Arkansas is a United States district court. It is further subdivided into six divisions, which collectively cover 34 Arkansas counties.

The United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court. The current district attorney is Conner Eldridge .[1]

When decisions of the court are appealed, they are appealed to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals based in Downtown St. Louis at the Thomas F. Eagleton Federal Courthouse and Building.

Vacancy warning level

The United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas's vacancy warning level is currently set at green. The court currently has no vacancies of its three posts.

Jurisdiction

The Counties of the Western District of Arkansas (click for larger map)

The geographic jurisdiction of the Western District of Arkansas consists of all the following counties in the western part of the state of Arkansas.

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

The El Dorado Division, covering Ashley, Bradley, Calhoun, Columbia, Ouachita and Union Counties.

The Fayetteville Division, covering Benton, Madison and Washington Counties.

The Fort Smith Division, covering Crawford, Franklin, Johnson, Logan, Polk, Scott and Sebastian Counties.

The Harrison Division, covering Baxter, Boone, Carroll, Marion, Newton and Searcy Counties.

The Hot Springs Division, covering Clark, Garland, Hot Spring, Montgomery and Pike Counties.

The Texarkana Division, covering Hempstead, Howard, Lafayette, Little River, Miller, Nevada and Sevier Counties.

When decisions of the court are appealed, they are appealed to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals based in Lower Manhattan at the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Federal Courthouse.

Cases heard

The Western District of Arkansas 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 1350152528751428 14477.412.219 (1.7%)0.415
2011 1273146327361384 13526.412.118 (1.8%)16.211
2010 1090135524451177 12686.611.219 (2%)2411
2009 1005119421991089 11105.9127 (0.8%)12.514
2008 900112320231025 9986.8109 (1.1%)013
20078081086189410108845.910.35 (0.7%)010
*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.
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Clerk's office

The Western District of Arkansas has six separate office locations. The Clerk's office is open Monday through Friday, excluding Federal holidays. Please consult the chart below for more information:

Branch Address Hours Phone number Email
El Dorado Office 205 United States Post Office & Courthouse

101 South Jackson Avenue
El Dorado, Arkansas 71730-6133

8:00AM - 4:30PM Phone: (870) 862-1202 ELD_info@arwd.uscourts.gov
Fayetteville Office John Paul Hammerschmidt Federal Building

35 East Mountain Street, Suite 510
Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701-5354

8:00AM - 5:00PM Phone: (479) 521-6980

Fax: (479) 575-0774

FAY_info@arwd.uscourts.gov
Fort Smith Office Judge Isaac C. Parker Federal Building

30 South 6th Street, Room 1038
Fort Smith, Arkansas 72901-2437

8:00AM - 5:00PM Phone: (479) 783-6833

Fax: (479) 783-6308

FSM_info@arwd.uscourts.gov
Harrison Office J. Smith Henley Federal Building

402 North Walnut Street, Room 238
Harrison, Arkansas 72601

(Note: Unstaffed Office -

Please direct all inquiries to Fayetteville)

Phone: (479) 521-6980

Fax: (479) 575-0774

FAY_info@arwd.uscourts.gov
Hot Springs Office United States Courthouse

100 Reserve Street, Room 347
Hot Springs, Arkansas 71901-4141

8:00AM - 4:30PM Phone: (501) 623-6411

Fax: (501) 623-8606

HSP_info@arwd.uscourts.gov
Texarkana Office United States Courthouse and Post Office

500 North State Line Avenue, Room 302
Texarkana, Arkansas 71854-5961

8:00AM - 4:30PM Phone: (870) 773-3381

Fax: (870) 772-4802

TEX_info@arwd.uscourts.gov
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History

Court history

The District of Arkansas was organized by Congress on June 15, 1836 with one post to cover the entire state. The district court in Arkansas was not yet assigned to a judicial circuit, and thus had 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.

On March 3, 1851, statute 5 Stat. 176, 177 had the federal judiciary reorganized into nine circuits. This act assigned the district of Arkansas over to the Ninth Circuit, as well as repealed the district court of Arkansas's right to exercise the trial jurisdiction of a United States circuit court. Instead, the act established annual sessions of the U.S. circuit court in the district of Arkansas. Statute 5 Stat. 680 on June 17, 1844, extended the jurisdiction of the district of Arkansas over Indian territory previously annexed to the Territory of Arkansas.

Statute 9 Stat. 594 on March 3, 1851, divided the state of Arkansas into two judicial districts, known as the Eastern and the Western, with one judgeship serving both. The Indian territory was under the jurisdiction of the Western District of Arkansas, while the Eastern District remained in the Ninth Circuit and the Western District of Arkansas was granted that same jurisdiction as the United States circuit courts.

On July 23rd, 1866 Congress assigned Arkansas to the Sixth Circuit, and then to the Eighth Circuit by July 15, 1862. After this, a judgeship was authorized to the Western District on March 3, 1871, and the judgeship previously assigned to serve both districts was made into a judgeship for the Eastern District only.

There was a district court meeting at Helena in the Eastern District of Arkansas on January 31, 1877, and statute 19 Stat. 230 granted the same jurisdiction to the Eastern District of Arkansas as all other United States circuit courts. Statute 25 Stat. 655 repealed the prior statute made before this on February 6, 1889 as well as the Western District's circuit court jurisdiction. Instead the statute established a U.S. circuit court for the Western District of Arkansas and all appropriate cases were transferred to the circuit courts. Over time 2 additional judicial posts were added for a total of 3 current posts.[3]

Judicial posts

The following table highlights the development of judicial posts for the Western District of Arkansas:

Year Statute Total Seats
June 15, 1836 5 Stat. 50, 51 1
March 3, 1851 9 Stat. 594 1
March 3, 1871 16 Stat. 471 2
May 31, 1938 52 Stat. 584 3
May 19, 1961 75 Stat. 80 4
July 10, 1984 98 Stat. 333 4 (1 temporary)
December 1, 1990 104 Stat. 5089 3
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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-Western District of Arkansas.

Federal courthouse

Six separate courthouses serve the Western District of Arkansas.

Major news

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

See also

External links

References

Western District of Arkansas
Eighth Circuit
Arkansas-western.gif
Chief:Paul K. HolmesJudges:3
Posts:3Vacancies:0
Active judges
BrooksHickey
Senior Judges
BarnesDawsonHendren
Magistrate Judges
BryantMarschewskiSetser
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

Since the court was established, 22 Article III federal judges have served on it.[1]

Active judges

Article III judges

JudgeBornHomeAppointed byActiveChiefPreceededBachelorsLaw
Chief Judge Paul K. Holmes1951Newport, ARObama 2/8/2011 - Present2012 - PresentRobert DawsonWestminster College, B.A., 1973U. of Arkansas School of Law, J.D., 1978
Judge Susan Hickey1955Dallas, TXObama 10/19/2011 - PresentHarry BarnesU. of Arkansas, B.A., 1977U. of Arkansas Law, J.D., 1981
Judge Timothy Brooks1964Fayetteville, ArkansasObama 3/5/2014-PresentJimm HendrenU. of Arkansas, B.S.B.A, 1986U. of Arkansas School of Law, J.D., 1989


Pending appointments

There are no current pending appointments for the United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas.


Senior judges

JudgeAppointed byActiveChiefSeniorBachelorsLaw
Senior Judge Jimm HendrenH.W. Bush 3/18/1992 - 12/31/20121997 - 201212/31/2012 - PresentUniversity of Arkansas, B.A., 1964University of Arkansas School of Law, LL.B., 1965
Senior Judge Robert DawsonClinton 4/7/1998 - 8/14/20098/14/2009 - PresentU. of Arkansas, B.A., 1960U. of Arkansas School of Law, LL.B., 1965
Senior Federal Judge Harry BarnesClinton 11/22/1993 - 11/1/200811/1/2008 - PresentUnited States Naval Academy, B.S., 1956U. of Arkansas School of Law, LL.B., 1964


Magistrate judges

JudgeActiveBachelorsLaw
Magistrate Judge James Marschewski01/03/2007 - Present
Magistrate Judge Barry Bryant02/19/2007 - Present
Magistrate Judge Erin Setser10/05/209 - PresentU. of Arkansas, B.A., 1991U. of Arkansas Law, J.D., 1994


Past judges

Former Chief judges

Former Chief JudgesTerm
Paul Williams1973 - 1981
Oren Harris1967 - 1973
John Elvis Miller1958 - 1967
Harry Lemley1948 - 1958
Hugh Waters1981 - 1997
Jimm Hendren1997 - 2012

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.[2][3]



Former judges


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