United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri

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Western District of Missouri
Eighth Circuit
Western District of Missouri-seal.png
Chief:VacantJudges:6
Posts:7Vacancies:1
Active judges
FennerHarpoolKaysPhillipsSippelWimes
Senior Judges
GaitanLaughreySachsSmithWhippleWright
Magistrate Judges
Chief Magistrate:James England
HaysLarsenMaughmerRushWhitworth
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 Missouri is a federal district court which presides over 66 counties in Missouri.[1] The court is divided into 5 locations: Kansas City, Jefferson City, Springfield, Joplin, and St. Joseph.[2]

The United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court. The current district attorney is Tammy Dickinson .[3]

When decisions of the court are appealed, they are appealed to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals based in Downtown St. Louis.[4]

Vacancy warning level

The United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri's vacancy warning level is currently set at yellow. The court currently has one vacancy for its seven posts.

Jurisdiction

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

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

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

The Kansas City Division (Western Division), covering Bates, Carroll, Cass, Clay, Henry, Jackson, Johnson, Lafayette, Ray, St. Clair and Saline counties.

The Jefferson City Division (Central Division), covering Benton, Boone, Callaway, Camden, Cole, Cooper, Hickory, Howard, Miller, Moniteau, Morgan, Osage and Pettis counties.

The Springfield Division (Southern Division), covering Cedar, Christian, Dade, Dallas, Douglas, Greene, Howell, Laclede, Oregon, Ozark, Polk, Pulaski, Taney, Texas, Webster and Wright counties.

The St. Joseph Division, covering Andrew, Atchison, Buchanan, Caldwell, Clinton, Daviess, DeKalb, Gentry, Grundy, Harrison, Holt, Livingston, Mercer, Nodaway, Platte, Putnam, Sullivan and Worth counties.

The Joplin Division (Southwestern Division), covering Barry, Barton, Jasper, Lawrence, McDonald, Newton, Stone and Vernon 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 Missouri 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 3150391570653868 319714.57.162 (3%)11.922
2011 2835357864133214 3199138.556 (2.9%)6.120
2010 2620339960193171 284812.47.731 (1.8%)024
2009 2570326658363194 264212.77.443 (2.7%)024
2008 2879306359423191 2751128.146 (3.1%)8.327
20072572324858203268255210.88.545 (2.9%)524
*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.
MOW Terminations Filed.jpg MOW Median Times.jpg

Clerk's office

The Western District of Missouri has five 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 Phone number
Kansas City Charles Evans Whittaker Courthouse

400 East 9th Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64106

816-512-5000
Joplin Division Jasper County Courthouse

302 South Main Street
Carthage, Missouri 64836

N/A
Jefferson City Division United States Courthouse

80 Lafayette Street
Jefferson City, Missouri 65101

573-636-4015
St. Joseph Division U.S. Courthouse

201 S. 8th Street, 2nd Floor
St. Joseph, Missouri 64501-1727

N/A
Springfield Division United States Courthouse

222 North John Q. Hammons Parkway
Springfield, Missouri 65806

417-865-3869
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History

Court history

Congress established the state of Missouri as one judicial district on March 16, 1822 with one post to cover the entire state. The district court in Missouri was not yet assigned to a judicial circuit, and therefore was granted the same jurisdiction as the United States circuit courts, excluding appeals or writs of error, which are the jurisdiction of the United States Supreme Court.

On March 3, 1837, following Statute 5 Stat. 176, Congress repealed the circuit court jurisdiction of the district court of Missouri. Missouri was assigned to the Eighth Circuit and the U.S. Circuit Court for the District of Missouri was created. Statute 11 Stat. 197 on March 3, 1857 divided the U.S. Circuit Court for the District of Missouri into two judicial districts, known as the Eastern and the Western. One judgeship was authorized to each district, and the district judge who served the District of Missouri was assigned over to serve the Western District of Missouri.

Congress assigned Missouri to the Ninth Circuit on July 15, 1862, and then assigned Missouri to the Eighth Circuit on July 23, 1866.

Over time 5 additional judicial posts were added for a total of 7 current posts.[6]

Judicial posts

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

Year Statute Total Seats
March 3, 1857 11 Stat. 197 1
September 14, 1922 42 Stat. 838 2
June 22, 1936 49 Stat. 1804 3
December 24, 1942 56 Stat. 1083 4
May 19, 1961 75 Stat. 80 5
June 2, 1970 84 Stat. 294 7
October 20, 1978 92 Stat. 1629 7
July 10, 1984 98 Stat. 333 7
December 1, 1990 104 Stat. 5089 7
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Notable cases

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



Federal courthouse

Five separate courthouses serve the Western District of Missouri.

See also

External links

References

Western District of Missouri
Eighth Circuit
Western District of Missouri-seal.png
Chief:VacantJudges:6
Posts:7Vacancies:1
Active judges
FennerHarpoolKaysPhillipsSippelWimes
Senior Judges
GaitanLaughreySachsSmithWhippleWright
Magistrate Judges
Chief Magistrate:James England
HaysLarsenMaughmerRushWhitworth
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

Article III judges

JudgeBornHomeAppointed byActiveChiefPreceededBachelorsLaw
Judge Rodney Sippel1956Jefferson City, MOClinton 11/12/1997 - PresentStephen N. Limbaugh, Sr.University of Tulsa, B.S., 1978Washington University School of Law, J.D., 1981
Judge David Kays1962Kansas City, MOW. Bush 6/19/2008 - PresentDean WhippleSouthwest Missouri State U., B.S., 1985U. of Arkansas School of Law, J.D., 1987
Judge Gary Fenner1947St. Joseph, MOClinton 7/25/1996 - PresentScott WrightU. of Kansas, Lawrence, B.A., 1970U. of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, J.D., 1973
Judge Brian C. Wimes1966Kansas City, MOObama 4/23/2012 - PresentNanette LaughreyU. of Kansas, B.G.S., 1990Texas Southern U., J.D., 1994
Judge Mary Elizabeth Phillips1969Kirksville, MOObama 3//6/2012 - PresentOrtrie SmithU. of Chicago, B.A., 1991U. of Missouri Law, J.D., 1996
Judge M. Douglas Harpool1956Springfield, Missouri 3/26/2014-PresentRichard DorrMissouri State U., B.S., 1977U. of Missouri, Columbia Law, J.D., 1980


Pending appointments

JudgeConfirmationBachelorsLaw
Stephen R. BoughMissouri State U., B.A., 1993U. of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, J.D., 1997


Senior judges

JudgeAppointed byActiveChiefSeniorBachelorsLaw
Senior Judge Nanette LaughreyClinton 8/1/1996 - 8/27/20118/27/2011 - PresentUniversity of California, Los Angeles, B.A., 1967University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, J.D., 1975
Senior Judge Ortrie SmithClinton 8/14/1995 - 4/30/20114/30/2011 - PresentU. of Missouri-Columbia, B.A., 1968U. of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, J.D., 1971
Senior Judge Dean WhippleReagan 12/9/1987 - 4/30/20072000 - 20074/30/2007 - PresentDrury College, A.B, 1961U. of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, J.D., 1965
Senior Judge Scott WrightCarter 9/26/1979 - 10/5/19911985 - 199010/5/1991 - PresentU. of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, LL.B., 1950
Senior Judge Howard SachsCarter 9/26/1979 - 10/31/19921990 - 199210/31/1992 - PresentWilliams College, A.B., 1947Harvard Law School, J.D., 1950
Senior Judge Fernando GaitanH.W. Bush 8/2/1991 - 1/3/20142007 - 20141/3/2014 - PresentPittsburg State U., Pittsburg, Kansas, B.S., 1970U. of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, J.D., 1974


Magistrate judges

JudgeActiveBachelorsLaw
Magistrate Judge Sarah Hays1992 - PresentLouisiana State U., 1975Louisiana State U. Law, J.D., 1977
Chief Magistrate Judge Robert Larsen1991 - PresentRockhurst U., 1969U. of Missouri Law, J.D., 1973
Magistrate Judge John Maughmer1988 - PresentU. of Missouri, B.S., 1977U. of Missouri Law, J.D., 1980
Magistrate Judge James England1976 - PresentU. or Missouri, B.A., 1969U. of Missouri Law, J.D., 1972
Magistrate Judge Matt Whitworth2010 - PresentBaker U., 1980U. of Arkansas Law, J.D., 1983
Magistrate Judge David P. Rush2012-PresentMissouri State University, 1983University of Iowa, 1986


Past judges

Former Chief judges

Former Chief JudgesTerm
Randle Smith1961 - 1962
John Oliver1977 - 1980
Elmo Hunter1980 - 1980
Albert Ridge1959 - 1961
Floyd Gibson1962 - 1965
Russell Clark1980 - 1985
William Becker1965 - 1977
Brook Bartlett1995 - 2000
Joseph Stevens1992 - 1995
Richard Duncan1954 - 1959
Albert Reeves1948 - 1954
Howard Sachs1990 - 1992
Scott Wright1985 - 1990
Dean Whipple2000 - 2007

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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