United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas
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.
Vacancy warning level
The United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas's vacancy warning level is currently set at orange. The court currently has one vacancy out of its three posts. There are no pending appointments for the district.
There are six court divisions, each covering the following counties:
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.
|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 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:
|El Dorado Office||205 United States Post Office & Courthouse
101 South Jackson Avenue
|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
|8:00AM - 5:00PM||Phone: (479) 521-6980
Fax: (479) 575-0774
|Fort Smith Office||Judge Isaac C. Parker Federal Building
30 South 6th Street, Room 1038
|8:00AM - 5:00PM||Phone: (479) 783-6833
Fax: (479) 783-6308
|Harrison Office||J. Smith Henley Federal Building
402 North Walnut Street, Room 238
|(Note: Unstaffed Office -
Please direct all inquiries to Fayetteville)
|Phone: (479) 521-6980
Fax: (479) 575-0774
|Hot Springs Office||United States Courthouse
100 Reserve Street, Room 347
|8:00AM - 4:30PM||Phone: (501) 623-6411
Fax: (501) 623-8606
|Texarkana Office||United States Courthouse and Post Office
500 North State Line Avenue, Room 302
|8:00AM - 4:30PM||Phone: (870) 773-3381
Fax: (870) 772-4802
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.
The following table highlights the development of judicial posts for the Western District of Arkansas:
|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|
This page is missing notable case information.
For a searchable list of opinions, please see Justia.com-Dockets and Filings-Western District of Arkansas.
Six separate courthouses serve the Western District of Arkansas.
For new stories and other related material see Arkansas judicial news.
- United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas
- Opinions of the Western District of Arkansas
|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 Western District of Arkansas has 3 posts. This is a list of the current judges on the court:
|Chief Judge Paul K. Holmes||1951||Newport, AR||Obama||2/8/2011 - Present||2012 - Present||Robert Dawson||Westminster College, B.A., 1973||U. of Arkansas School of Law, J.D., 1978|
|Judge Susan Hickey||1955||Dallas, TX||Obama||10/19/2011 - Present||Harry Barnes||U. of Arkansas, B.A., 1977||U. of Arkansas Law, J.D., 1981|
Pending appointmentsThe United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas has 0 appointees pending and 1 vacancy. This is a list of the current pending appointees to the court:
|Timothy Brooks||U. of Arkansas, B.S.B.A, 1986||U. of Arkansas School of Law, J.D., 1989|
Senior judgesSee: Federal judges on senior status
The United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas has 3 judges on senior status currently. This is a list of the current senior judges on the court:
|Senior Judge Jimm Hendren||H.W. Bush||3/18/1992 - 12/31/2012||1997 - 2012||12/31/2012 - Present||University of Arkansas, B.A., 1964||University of Arkansas School of Law, LL.B., 1965|
|Senior Judge Robert Dawson||Clinton||4/7/1998 - 8/14/2009||8/14/2009 - Present||U. of Arkansas, B.A., 1960||U. of Arkansas School of Law, LL.B., 1965|
|Senior Federal Judge Harry Barnes||Clinton||11/22/1993 - 11/1/2008||11/1/2008 - Present||United States Naval Academy, B.S., 1956||U. of Arkansas School of Law, LL.B., 1964|
|Magistrate Judge James Marschewski||01/03/2007 - Present|
|Magistrate Judge Barry Bryant||02/19/2007 - Present|
|Magistrate Judge Erin Setser||10/05/209 - Present||U. of Arkansas, B.A., 1991||U. of Arkansas Law, J.D., 1994|
Former Chief judges
|Paul Williams||1973 - 1981|
|Oren Harris||1967 - 1973|
|John Elvis Miller||1958 - 1967|
|Harry Lemley||1948 - 1958|
|Hugh Waters||1981 - 1997|
|Jimm Hendren||1997 - 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. 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||James Marschewski • Barry Bryant • Erin Setser •|
|Former Article III judges||
Susan Carter • Richard Arnold • Terry Shell • Morris Arnold • Daniel Ringo • Hugh Waters • Henry Clay Caldwell • Isaac Charles Parker • William Story • John Henry Rogers • Frank Youmans • Heartsill Ragon • Harry Lemley • John Elvis Miller • Oren Harris • Jesse Henley • George Howard • Elsijane Roy • Paul Williams •
|Former Chief judges|