United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma

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Western District of Oklahoma
Tenth Circuit
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Chief:Vicki Miles-LaGrangeJudges:6
Posts:7Vacancies:1
Active judges
CauthronDeGiustiFriotHeatonPayne
Senior Judges
AlleyLeonardRussellWest
Magistrate Judges
PurcellCouchErwinMitchell
Former Judges
Key:
(Numbers indicate % of seats vacant.)
0%0%-10%
10%-25%25%-40%
More than 40%

The United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma is one of ninety-four United States district courts. When decisions of the court are appealed, they are appealed to the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals based in downtown Denver at the Byron White Federal Courthouse.

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

Vacancy warning level

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

Pending nominations

There are no pending nominations for the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma.


Active judges

Article III judges

JudgeBornHomeAppointed byActiveChiefPreceededBachelorsLaw
Judge James Payne1941Lubbock, TXW. Bush 10/24/2001 - Present2002 - Present (EOK)Billy BurrageUniversity of Oklahoma, B.S., 1963University of Oklahoma Law, J.D., 1966
Judge Robin Cauthron1950Edmond, OKH.W. Bush 3/25/1991 - Present2001 - 2008New Seat|104 Stat. 5089University of Oklahoma, B.A., 1970University of Oklahoma Law, J.D., 1977
Chief Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange1953Oklahoma City, OKClinton 11/28/1994 - Present2008 - Present (WOK)Lee WestVassar College, B.A., 1974Howard U. Law, J.D., 1977
Judge Stephen Friot1947Troy, NYW. Bush 11/12/2001 - PresentWayne AlleyUniversity of Oklahoma, B.A., 1969University of Oklahoma Law, J.D., 1972
Judge Joe Heaton1951Alva, OKW. Bush 12/10/2001 - PresentRalph ThompsonNorthwestern Oklahoma State U., B.A., 1973University of Oklahoma Law, J.D., 1976
Judge Timothy DeGiusti1962Oklahoma City, OKW. Bush 8/9/2007 - PresentTimothy LeonardUniversity of Oklahoma, B.A., 1985University of Oklahoma Law, J.D., 1988


Senior judges

JudgeAppointed byActiveChiefSeniorBachelorsLaw
Senior Judge Lee WestCarter 11/2/1979-11/26/19941993-199411/26/1994-PresentUniversity of Oklahoma, 1952University of Oklahoma College of Law, 1956
Senior Judge Timothy LeonardH.W. Bush 8/12/1992 - 8/21/20068/21/2006 - PresentUniversity of Oklahoma, 1962University of Oklahoma College of Law, 1965
Senior Judge David RussellReagan 12/17/1981 - 7/7/20131994 - 20017/7/2013 - PresentOklahoma Baptist U.,, B.S., 1963University of Oklahoma Law, J.D., 1965
Senior Judge Wayne AlleyReagan 7/11/1985 - 5/16/19995/16/1999 - PresentStanford U., A.B., 1952Stanford Law, J.D., 1957


Magistrate judges

JudgeActiveBachelorsLaw
Magistrate judge Gary Purcell
Magistrate judge Valerie Couch03/08/1999 - PresentUniversity of California, B.A.University of Oklahoma Law, J.D., 1983
Magistrate judge Shon Erwin1995 - PresentOral Roberts U., B.A., 1983University of Oklahoma, J.D. 1986
Judge Suzanne Mitchell02/01/2013-Present


Jurisdiction

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

The Western District of Oklahoma 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 Western District of Oklahoma consists of all the counties in the western part of the state of Oklahoma.

The court sits at Chickasha, Enid, Guthrie, Lawton, Mangum, Oklahoma City, Pauls Valley, Ponca City, Shawnee, and Woodward.

Caseloads

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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 1461201034711972 14996.78.937 (3.3%)2.825
2012 1612203036422179 14637.48.347 (4%)031
2011 1598205736552041 16147.98.849 (4.1%)025
2010 1474197434481861 15876.98.556 (4.6%)014
2009 1397193533321854 14786.2848 (4%)013
2008 1389185432431858 13856.78.336 (3.2%)012
2007126020543314196913456.4820 (1.8%)1013
*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 Opinions of the Western District of Oklahoma.

History

Court history

The Western District of Oklahoma was established by Congress on June 16, 1906, with one post each for the Western and the Eastern districts. Over time, six additional judicial posts were added for a total of seven current posts.[6]

Judicial posts

The following table highlights the development of judicial posts for the Western District of Oklahoma:[6]

Year Statute Total Seats
June 16, 1906 34 Stat. 267, 275 1
June 22, 1936 49 Stat. 1804 2(1 Shared for 3 Districts)
May 24, 1940 54 Stat. 219 3(1 Shared, 1 Temporary)
August 3, 1949 63 Stat. 493 3(1 Shared)
May 19, 1961 75 Stat. 80 4(2 Shared for 3 Districts)
October 20, 1978 92 Stat. 1629 5(2 Shared)
July 10, 1984 98 Stat. 333 6(2 Shared)
December 1, 1990 104 Stat. 5089 7(1 Shared)

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.[7][8]

Former judges

For more information about the judges of the Western District of Oklahoma, see former federal judges of the Western District of Oklahoma.

See also

External links

References


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