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Eastern District of Texas
Fifth Circuit
TX-ED.jpeg
Chief:Leonard DavisJudges:6
Posts:8Vacancies:2
Active judges
ClarkCroneGilstrapSchellSchneider
Senior Judges
Heartfield
Magistrate Judges
BushCravenGiblinHawthornLoveMazzantMitchellPayne
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 Eastern District of Texas is the United States district court with jurisdiction over the eastern part of Texas and is a part of the Fifth Circuit. The court's headquarters are in Tyler and has five subdivision offices in Beaumont, Lufkin, Marshall, Sherman, and Texarkana. The district covers 43 counties in Texas.

The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court. The current district attorney is John Malcolm Bales .[1]

When decisions of the court are appealed, they are appealed to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals based in Downtown New Orleans at the John Minor Wisdom Federal Courthouse.

Vacancy warning level

The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas's vacancy warning level is currently set at yellow. The court currently has two vacancies out of their eight posts, constituting 25% of their seats. There are no pending appointments for the district.

Jurisdiction

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

The jurisdiction of the Eastern District of Texas consists of all the counties in the eastern part of the state of Texas.

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

The Beaumont Division, covering Hardin, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Newton and Orange Counties

The Lufkin Division, covering Angelina, Houston, Nacogdoches, Polk, Sabine, Shelby, San Augustine, Trinity and Tyler Counties

The Marshall Division, covering Camp, Cass, Harrison, Marion, Morris and Upshur Counties

The Sherman Division, covering Collin, Cooke, Denton, Grayson, Delta, Fannin, Hopkins and Lamar Counties

The Texarkana Division, covering Bowie, Franklin, Titus and Red River Counties

The Tyler Division, covering Anderson, Cherokee, Gregg, Henderson, Panola, Rains, Rusk, Smith, Van Zandt and Wood Counties

The court's headquarters are in Tyler and has five subdivision offices in Beaumont, Lufkin, Marshall, Sherman, and Texarkana. The district covers 43 counties in Texas.

When decisions of the court are appealed, they are appealed to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals based in Downtown New Orleans at the John Minor Wisdom Federal Courthouse.

Cases heard

The Eastern District of Texas 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 4644469693404081 525911.510.1150 (4.2%)20.615
2011 4430441388434206 463711.48.6166 (5.1%)1216
2010 4018418482023767 44359.89.6141 (4.6%)8.922
2009 3754425980133995 40189.910.8116 (4.0%)022
2008 3840408079204165 37559.59.276 (2.9%)024
2007307944087487398235058.7941 (1.5%)018
*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.
TXE Terminations Filed.jpg TXE Median Times.jpg

Clerk's office

The Eastern District of Texas has six separate courthouses. The Clerk's office is open Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m, excluding Federal holidays. Please consult the chart below for more information:

Branch Address Phone number
Beaumont Division Jack Brooks Federal Building and United States Courthouse

300 Willow Street
Suite 104
Beaumont, Texas 77701

409-654-7000
Lufkin Division Ward R. Burke United States Courthouse

104 North Third Street
Lufkin, Texas 75901

936-632-2739
Marshall Division Sam B. Hall Jr. Federal Building and United States Courthouse

100 East Houston Street
Room 125 Marshall, Texas 75670

903-935-2912
Sherman Division United States Courthouse

7940 Preston Road
Room 101
Plano, Texas 75024

214-872-4800
Texarkana Division United States Courthouse and Post Office

500 North State Line Avenue
PO Box 2090
Texarkana, Texas 75504

903-794-8561
Tyler Division (Headquarters) William M. Steger Federal Building and United States Courthouse

211 West Ferguson Street
Room 106
Tyler, Texas 75702

903-590-1000
[2]

History

Court history

On December 29, 1845, the state of Texas was organized as one judicial district. One judgeship was authorized for this U.S. district court, and being that it was not assigned to a judicial circuit, the district court was granted the same jurisdiction as the United States circuit courts, excluding appeals and writs of error, which are the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court.

Texas was divided into two judicial districts, known as the Eastern District of Texas and the Western District of Texas, on February 21, 1857. One judgeship was authorized for the court in each district. Circuit court jurisdiction of the district court in Texas was repealed on July 15, 1862, and a U.S. circuit court was established for the district and assigned over to the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Texas was then assigned to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on July 23, 1866.

The Northern District of Texas was established on February 24, 1879, with one judgeship authorized to the district court. On February 9, 1898, a temporary judgeship was authorized to the Northern District. However, the statute provided that any vacancy in the existing judgeship would not be filled.

A few years later, on March 11, 1902, the Southern District of Texas was established and one judgeship was authorized to this district court.

The Eastern District of Texas had 7 judicial posts added over time for a total of 8 current posts.[3]

Judicial posts

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

Year Statute Total Seats
December 29, 1845 9 Stat. 1 1
February 21, 1857 11 Stat. 164 1
February 10, 1954 68 Stat. 8 2
June 2, 1970 84 Stat. 294 3
October 20, 1978 92 Stat. 1629 4
July 10, 1984 98 Stat. 333 6
December 1, 1990 104 Stat. 5089 7
November 2, 2002 116 Stat. 1758 8
[3]

Notable cases

This page is missing notable case information.



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

Federal courthouse

Six separate courthouses serve the Eastern District of Texas.

Major news

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

See also

External links

References

Eastern District of Texas
Fifth Circuit
TX-ED.jpeg
Chief:Leonard DavisJudges:6
Posts:8Vacancies:2
Active judges
ClarkCroneGilstrapSchellSchneider
Senior Judges
Heartfield
Magistrate Judges
BushCravenGiblinHawthornLoveMazzantMitchellPayne
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 Ron Clark1953Caripito, VenezuelaW. Bush 10/10/2002- PresentHowell CobbU. of Connecticut, B.A., 1973U. of Texas, J.D., 1979
Judge Marcia Crone1952Dallas, TXW. Bush 10/3/2003 - PresentNew Seat|116 Stat. 1758U. of Texas, B.A., 1973U. of Houston Law Center, J.D., 1978
Chief Judge Leonard Davis1948Fort Worth, TXW. Bush 5/10/2002 - Present2012 - PresentPaul BrownU. of Texas, B.A., 1970Baylor U. School of Law, J.D., 1976
Judge Richard Schell1950Dallas, TXReagan 6/6/1988 - Present1994 - 2001William StegerSouthern Methodist U., B.A., 1972Southern Methodist U., J.D., 1975
Judge Michael Schneider1943San Antonio, TXW. Bush 9/10/2004 - PresentJohn H. HannahLon Morris College, A.A.; 1963; Stephen F. Austin State U., B.S., 1965U. of Houston Law School, J.D.; 1970 U. of Virginia Law School, LL.M., 2001
Judge James Gilstrap1957Pensacola, FLObama 12/6/2011 - PresentThad HeartfieldBaylor University, B.A., 1978Baylor University School of Law, J.D., 1981


Pending appointments

There are no current pending appointments for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.


Senior judges

JudgeAppointed byActiveChiefSeniorBachelorsLaw
Senior Judge Thad HeartfieldClinton 3/17/1995 - 1/1/20102003 - 20091/1/2010 - PresentSt. Mary`s University, B.A., 1962St. Mary`s University School of Law, J.D., 1965


Magistrate judges

JudgeActiveBachelorsLaw
Magistrate Judge Amos Mazzant01/09/2009 - PresentU. of Pittsburgh, B.A., 1987Baylor Law, J.D., 1990
Magistrate Judge Don Bush
Magistrate Judge Caroline Craven
Magistrate Judge Keith Giblin10/01/2004 - Present
Magistrate Judge John Love01/20/2006 - PresentTexas A&M UniversitySt. Mary's University of San Antonio
Magistrate Judge Zack Hawthorn
Magistrate Judge Roy Payne
Magistrate Judge Katie Nicole Mitchell8/2013-PresentBaylor University, 2006


Past judges

Former Chief judges

Former Chief JudgesTerm
Joseph Sheehy1954 - 1967
John H. Hannah2001 - 2003
Joseph Fisher1967 - 1980
William Justice1980 - 1990
Richard Schell1994 - 2001
David Folsom2009 - 2012
Thad Heartfield2003 - 2009
Robert Parker1990 - 1994

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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