United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri

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Eastern District of Missouri
Eighth Circuit
E.D.Mo. Seal.svg
Chief:Catherine PerryJudges:8
Posts:9Vacancies:1
Active judges
AutreyFleissigLimbaughJacksonRossSippelWimes
Senior Judges
FilippineHamiltonLaughreyShawStohrWebber
Magistrate Judges
Chief Magistrate:Thomas Mummert III
AdelmanBakerCollinsCrites-LeoniMensahNoce
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 U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District of Missouri is a United States district court. It encompass 50 counties in the eastern half of Missouri. The Court is based in Saint Louis but is divided into three divisions: Eastern in Saint Louis, Northern in Hannibal, and Southeastern in Cape Girardeau. The Hannibal office is unstaffed unless court is being held there. The St. Louis Clerk's Office is located in downtown St. Louis, Missouri in the Thomas F. Eagleton Courthouse.

The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court. The current district attorney is Richard G. Callahan .[1]

When decisions of the court are appealed, they are appealed to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals based in Downtown St. Louis at the Thomas F. Eagleton Federal Courthouse and Building.

Vacancy warning level

The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri's vacancy warning level is currently set at yellow. The court currently has one vacancy out of their nine posts.

Jurisdiction

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

The geographic jurisdiction of the Eastern District of Missouri consists of all the following counties in the eastern part of the state of Missouri.

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

The Eastern Division, covering Crawford, Dent, Franklin, Gasconade, Iron, Jefferson, Lincoln, Maries, Phelps, Saint Charles, Saint Francois, Sainte Genevieve, Saint Louis, Warren, Washington and the city of Saint Louis counties.

The Northern Division, covering Adair, Audrain, Chariton, Clark, Knox, Lewis, Linn, Macon, Marion, Monroe, Montgomery, Pike, Ralls, Randolph, Schuyler, Scotland and Shelby counties.

The Southeastern Division, covering Bollinger, Butler, Cape Girardeau, Carter, Dunklin, Madison, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Reynolds, Ripley, Scott, Shannon, Stoddard and Wayne 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 Eastern 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 3814361474283438 39907.910.4382 (11.4%)030
2011 3395389072853491 37947.57.9275 (8.9%)1212
2010 3075387769523571 33817.57211 (7.8%)17.112
2009 2887382267093577 31327.17.275 (3.3%)314
2008 2728362363513464 28876.97.655 (2.7%)8.315
2007249036806170364625246.57.438 (1.9%)911
*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.
MOE Terminations Filed.jpg MOE Median Times.jpg

Clerk's office

The Eastern District of Missouri has three separate courthouses. The Clerk's office is open Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m, excluding Federal holidays. Please consult the chart below for more information:

Branch Address Phone number
St. Louis - Eastern Division Thomas F. Eagleton Courthouse

111 South 10th Street, Suite 3.300
St. Louis, MO 63102

Phone: (314)244-7900

Fax: (314)244-7909

Cape Girardeau - Southeastern Division Rush Hudson Limbaugh, Sr. Courthouse

555 Independence Street
Cape Girardeau, MO 63703

Phone: (573)331-8800
Hannibal - Northern Division 801 Broadway

Hannibal, MO 63401

Phone: (573)221-0757
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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 7 additional judicial posts were added for a total of 9 current posts.[3]

Judicial posts

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

Year Statute Total Seats
March 16, 1822 3 Stat. 653 1
March 3, 1857 11 Stat. 197 2
September 14, 1922 42 Stat. 838 3 (1 temporary)
August 19, 1935 49 Stat. 659 3
June 22, 1936 49 Stat. 1804 4
December 24, 1942 56 Stat. 1083 5(1 temporary)
February 10, 1954 68 Stat. 8 5
June 2, 1970 84 Stat. 294 6
October 20, 1978 92 Stat. 1629 7
July 10, 1984 98 Stat. 333 8
December 1, 1990 104 Stat. 5089 9
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Notable cases

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


Federal courthouse

Three separate courthouses serve the Eastern District of Missouri.

Major news

For new stories and other related material see Missouri judicial news.

See also

External links

References

Eastern District of Missouri
Eighth Circuit
E.D.Mo. Seal.svg
Chief:Catherine PerryJudges:8
Posts:9Vacancies:1
Active judges
AutreyFleissigLimbaughJacksonRossSippelWimes
Senior Judges
FilippineHamiltonLaughreyShawStohrWebber
Magistrate Judges
Chief Magistrate:Thomas Mummert III
AdelmanBakerCollinsCrites-LeoniMensahNoce
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

Active judges

Article III judges

JudgeBornHomeAppointed byActiveChiefPreceededBachelorsLaw
Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh, Jr.1952 inCape Girardeau, MOW. Bush 8/1/2008 - PresentDonald StohrSouthern Methodist U., B.A., 1973Southern Methodist U. School of Law, J.D., 1976
Judge Carol Jackson1952St. Louis, MOH.W. Bush 8/17/1992 - Present2002 - 2009William HungateWellesley College, B.A., 1973U. of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1976
Chief Judge Catherine Perry1952Hobart, OKClinton 10/7/1994 - Present2009 - PresentClyde CahillU. of Oklahoma, B.A., 1977Washington U. School of Law, J.D., 1980
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 Henry Autrey1952Mobile, ALW. Bush 8/2/2002 - PresentGeorge GunnSt. Louis U., B.S., 1974St. Louis U. School of Law, J.D., 1977
Judge Audrey Fleissig1955St. Louis, MOObama 6/9/2010 - PresentE. Richard WebberCarleton College, B.A., 1976Washington U. School of Law, J.D., 1980
Judge Brian C. Wimes1966Kansas City, MOObama 4/23/2012 - PresentNanette LaughreyU. of Kansas, B.G.S., 1990Texas Southern U., J.D., 1994
Judge John A. Ross1954St. Louis, MOObama 10/11/2011 - PresentCharles ShawEmory U., B.A., 1976Emory U. School of Law, J.D., 1979


Pending appointments

JudgeConfirmationBachelorsLaw
Ronnie L. WhiteSt. Louis University, B.A., 1979U. of Missouri-Kansas City Law, J.B., 1983


Senior judges

JudgeAppointed byActiveChiefSeniorBachelorsLaw
Judge Jean HamiltonH.W. Bush 10/1/1990 - 7/1/20131995 - 20027/1/2013 - PresentWellesley College, B.A., 1968Washington U. School of Law, J.D., 1971
Senior Judge Charles ShawClinton 11/22/1993 - 12/31/200912/31/2009 - PresentHarris Stowe State College, B.A., 1966U. of Missouri-Columbia, M.B.A., 1971
Senior Judge E. Richard WebberClinton 12/26/1995 - 6/30/20096/30/2009 - PresentU. of Missouri-Columbia, B.S., 1964U. of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, J.D., 1967
Senior Judge Edward FilippineCarter 7/22/1977 - 6/11/19951990 - 19956/11/1995 - PresentSaint Louis U., A.B., 1951Saint Louis U. School of Law, J.D., 1957
Senior Judge Donald StohrH.W. Bush 4/13/1992 - 12/31/200612/31/2006 - PresentSaint Louis U. School, B.S., 1956Saint Louis U. School of Law, J.D., 1958
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


Magistrate judges

JudgeActiveBachelorsLaw
Magistrate Judge Nannette Baker11/2020 - PresentU. of Tennessee, B.S.St. Louis U., J.D.
Magistrate Judge Thomas Mummert III2/1/1995-PresentU. of DaytonSt. Mary's U.
Magistrate Judge David D. Noce1976 - PresentSt. Louis U., A.B.U. of Missouri Law, J.D., 1969
Magistrate Judge Terry I. AdelmanCurrentSt. Louis U., J.D., 1970
Magistrate Judge Shirley Mensah09/10/2012 - Present
Magistrate Judge Abbie S. Crites-Leoni3/1/2014 - PresentSoutheast Missouri State University, B.A.Southern Illinois U., J.D.
Magistrate Judge Noelle C. Collins12/1/2013 - PresentNorthwestern U., B.S., 1993U. of Illinois Law, J.D., 2001


Past judges

Former Chief judges

Former Chief JudgesTerm
James Meredith1971 - 1979
Harris Wangelin1979 - 1983
George Moore1948 - 1959
Roy Winfield Harper1959 - 1971
John Nangle1983 - 1990
Edward Filippine1990 - 1995
Jean Hamilton1995 - 2002
Carol Jackson2002 - 2009

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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