United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
The United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin is a United States district court. It encompasses much of the Western half of the state and is headquartered in the Robert Kastenmeier Federal Courthouse in Downtown Madison, Wisconsin.
The United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court. The current district attorney is John William Vaudreuil .
When decisions of the court are appealed, they are appealed to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals based in Downtown Chicago, Illinois at the Everett M. Dirksen Federal Courthouse and Building.
Vacancy warning level
The United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin's vacancy warning level is currently set at red. The court currently has one vacancy out of their two posts, constituting 50% of their seats. There is one pending appointment for the district.
The Western District of Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin has one courthouse. The Clerk's office is open Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m, excluding Federal holidays. Please consult the chart below for more information:
|Western District of Wisconsin||Clerk of Court
U.S. District Court
The state of Wisconsin was established and organized as one judicial district by Congress on May 29, 1848 with one post to cover the entire state. This judicial district was not assigned to a judicial circuit and was therefore granted the same jurisdiction as United States circuit courts, excluding appeals and writs of error, which are the jurisdiction of the United States Supreme Court.
On July 15, 1862 Statute 12 Stat. 576 reorganized the judicial circuits, repealed the circuit court jurisdiction of the U.S. District Court for the District of Wisconsin, and then assigned the district over to the Eighth Circuit. Statute 14 Stat. 209 again reorganized the circuits, and assigned U.S. District Court for the District of Wisconsin over to the Seventh Circuit on July 23, 1866.
The U.S. District Court for the District of Wisconsin was divided into two judicial districts, known as the Eastern District of Wisconsin and the Western District of Wisconsin on June 30, 1870, with one judgeship authorized to each district. The sitting judge was assigned over to the Eastern District of Wisconsin.
Over time 1 additional judicial post was added for a total of 2 current posts.
The following table highlights the development of judicial posts for the Western District of Wisconsin:
|May 29, 1848||9 Stat. 233||1|
|June 30, 1870||16 Stat. 171||1|
|October 20, 1978||92 Stat. 1629||2|
This page is missing notable case information.
For a searchable list of opinions, please see Justia.com-Dockets and Filings-Western District of Wisconsin.
One separate courthouse serves the Western District of Wisconsin.
Judicial nominating commission
In April 2013, Senators Tammy Baldwin and Ron Johnson created the Wisconsin Federal Nominating Commission. The commission will recommend nominees for the following courts: Eastern District of Wisconsin, Western District of Wisconsin and Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. The commission will also recommend United States Attorneys for the Eastern and Western Districts. It will be comprised of six members of the Wisconsin State Bar, with three members appointed by each senator. 
- United States District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
- Judges of the Western District of Wisconsin
- Opinions of the Western District of Wisconsin
- US Attorney's Office for the Western District of Wisconsin
- ↑ Offices of the United States Attorneys, Official list
- ↑ Court Clerk Information(Select the appropriate division for info and map)
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 FJC History of the Western District of Wisconsin
- ↑ Tammy Baldwin United States Senator for Wisconsin, Press Release: "Wisconsin Senators Announce Agreement on Wisconsin Judicial Commission to move Federal Nominations Forward," April 17, 2013
|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 Wisconsin has 2 posts. This is a list of the current judges on the court:
|Chief Judge William Conley||1956||Rice Lake, WI||Obama||3/25/2010 - Present||2010 - Present||Barbara Crabb||U. of Wisconsin, B.A., 1978||U. of Wisconsin Law School, J.D., 1982|
Pending appointmentsThe United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin has 1 appointee pending and 1 vacancy. This is a list of the current pending appointees to the court:
|James D. Peterson||U. of Wisconsin-Madison, B.S., 1979||U. of Wisconsin-Madison Law, J.D., 1998|
Senior judgesSee: Federal judges on senior status
The United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin has 2 judges on senior status currently. This is a list of the current senior judges on the court:
|Senior Judge Barbara Crabb||Carter||11/2/1979 - 3/24/2010||1980 - 1996 ; 2001 - 2010||3/24/2010 - Present||U. of Wisconsin, Madison, B.A., 1960||U. of Wisconsin Law School, LL.B., 1962|
|Magistrate Judge Stephen Crocker||1992 - Present|
|Magistrate Judge Peter Oppeneer||2009 - Present|
Former Chief judges
|James Edward Doyle||1978 - 1980|
|Barbara Crabb||1980 - 1996 ; 2001 - 2010|
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||Stephen Crocker • Peter Oppeneer •|
|Former Article III judges|
|Former Chief judges|