United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma
The United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma is a United States district court.
Vacancy warning level
The United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma's vacancy warning level is currently set at green. The court currently has no vacancies.
The Northern 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.
|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 all judicial posts had spent vacant that year.
The Northern District of Oklahoma has only one courthouse. Phil Lombardi is the official clerk of court. Clerks' offices are open Monday through Friday from 8:30am - 4:30pm, excluding federal holidays. The contact information for the court is below:
Phil Lomabardi, Court Clerk
333 W. 4th St., Room 411
Tulsa, OK 74103
(918) 699-4700 Main Clerk's Number
(918) 699-4844 CM/ECF Help Desk
(918) 699-4711 Jury Administrator
Federal courts in Oklahoma were established by Congress on June 16, 1906 with one post each for the Western and the Eastern districts. The Northern District of Oklahoma was established on February 16, 1925 with a one post separated from the Eastern District of Oklahoma. Over time 3 additional judicial posts were added for a total of 4 current posts.
The following table highlights the development of judicial posts for the Northern District of Oklahoma:
|February 16, 1925||43 Stat. 945||1|
|February 16, 1925||43 Stat. 945||1|
|June 22, 1936||49 Stat. 1804||2(1 Shared for 3 Districts)|
|May 19, 1961||75 Stat. 80||3(2 Shared for 3 Districts)|
|October 20, 1978||92 Stat. 1629||4(2 Shared for 3 Districts)|
|December 1, 1990||104 Stat. 5089||4(1 Shared for 3 Districts)|
For a searchable list of opinions, please see Opinions for the Northern District of Oklahoma.
For new stories and other related material see Oklahoma judicial news.
- United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
- News: Obama nominates Attorney Dowdell for Oklahoma’s northern district, February 29, 2012,
- News: Federal Courts, Empty Benches:The Wednesday Vacancy Count 3/7/2012, March 7, 2012
- United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma Official Website
- United States Attorney for the Northern District of Oklahoma Official Website
- Opinions for the Northern District of Oklahoma
- Judges for the Northern District of Oklahoma
|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 judgesSee: Article III federal judge
The United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma has 4 posts and 0 vacancies. The current Chief Judge is Gregory Frizzell. This is a list of the current judges on the court:
|Chief judge James Payne||1941||Lubbock, TX||W. Bush||10/24/2001 - Present||2002 - Present (EOK)||Billy Burrage||U. of Oklahoma, B.S., 1963||U. of Oklahoma Law, J.D., 1966|
|Judge Claire Eagan||1950||Bronx, NY||W. Bush||10/24/2001 - Present||2005 - Present||Thomas R. Brett||Trinity College, B.A., 1972||Fordham Law, J.D., 1976|
|Chief Judge Gregory Frizzell||1956||Wichita, KS||W. Bush||2/2/2007 - Present||3/14/2012 - Present||Sven Holmes||U. of Tulsa, B.A., 1981||U. of Michigan Law, J.D., 1984|
|Judge John Dowdell||Obama||12/11/2012-Current||Terence Kern||Wake Forest U., B.A., 1978||U. of Tulsa Law, J.D., 1981|
Pending appointmentsThe United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma has 0 appointees pending and 0 vacancies. This is a list of the current pending appointees to the court:
|John Dowdell||Wake Forest U., B.A., 1978||U. of Tulsa Law, J.D., 1981|
Senior judgesSee: Federal judges on senior status
The United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma has 2 judges on senior status currently. This is a list of the current senior judges on the court:
|Senior judge Terence Kern||Clinton||6/9/1994 - 1/4/2010||1996 - 2003||1/4/2010 - Present||Oklahoma State University, 1966||University of Oklahoma Law School, 1969|
|Senior judge James Ellison||Carter||11/2/1979 - 11/7/1994||1992 - 1994||11/7/1994 - Present||U. of Oklahoma, 1951||U. of Oklahoma Law, 1951|
|Magistrate Judge Frank McCarthy|
|Magistrate Judge Paul Cleary||7/2002 - Present||Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 1971||University of Tulsa College of Law, 1981|
|Magistrate Judge Lane Wilson||01/02/2009 - Present|
Former Chief judges
|Royce Savage||1949 - 1961|
|Sven Holmes||2003 - 2005|
|Thomas Brett||1994 - 1996|
|Allen Barrow||1962 - 1979|
|Harold Cook||1979 - 1992|
|James Ellison||1992 - 1994|
|Terence Kern||1996 - 2003|
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||Frank McCarthy • Paul Cleary • Lane Wilson •|
|Former Article III judges||
David Russell • Franklin Elmore Kennamer • Alfred Murrah • Bower Broaddus • Luther Bohanon • William Wallace • Billy Burrage • Harold Cook • Frederick Daugherty • Allen Barrow • Thomas Brett • Sven Holmes • Royce Savage •
|Former Chief judges|