United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana is a United States district court. It was created in 1928 by an act of Congress that split Indiana into two separate districts, northern and United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. As part of the act, the Northern District was divided into three divisions, South Bend, Fort Wayne and Hammond (which has a sub-office in Lafayette). When decisions of the court are appealed, they are appealed to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals based in Downtown Chicago at the Everett M. Dirksen Federal Courthouse and Building. The court has eight judges and four magistrate judges.
Divisions of the Northern District
- Fort Wayne: Adams County, Allen County, Blackford County, DeKalb County, Grant County, Huntington County, Jay County, LaGrange County, Noble County, Steuben County, Wells County, and Whitley County.
- Lafayette: Benton County, Carroll County, Jasper County, Newton County, Tippecanoe County, Warren County and White County.
- South Bend: Cass County, Elkhart County, Fulton County, Kosciusko County, LaPorte County, Marshall County, Miami County, Pulaski County, St. Joseph County, Starke County and Wabash County.
Vacancy warning level
The United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana's vacancy warning level is currently set at green. The court currently has zero vacancies out of their five posts. There are no pending appointments for the district.
There are three court divisions, each covering the following counties:
The Northern District of Indiana 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 Indiana has four separate courthouses. The Clerk's office is open Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m, excluding Federal holidays. Please consult the chart below for more information:
|Fort Wayne Division||E. Ross Adair Federal Building and U. S. Courthouse
1300 S. Harrison St.
|Hammond Division||US District Court
5400 Federal Plaza
|Lafayette Division||The Charles A. Halleck Federal Building
230 N. Fourth St.
|South Bend Division||Robert A. Grant U.S. Courthouse
204 S Main St
Indiana was established as one judicial district by Congress on March 3, 1817 with one post to cover the entire state. This district court was not assigned to a judicial circuit and was therefore granted the same jurisdiction as the United States circuit courts, excluding appeals and writs of error, which are the jurisdiction of the United States Supreme Court.
On March 3, 1837, Statute 5 Stat. 176 allowed Congress to repeal the circuit court jurisdiction of the U.S. District Court for the District of Indiana, and then assigned the district over to the Seventh Circuit. Congress again re-organized the circuits on January 28, 1863, and assigned the District of Indiana to the Eighth Circuit, and then again over to the Seventh Circuit on July 23, 1866.
Statute 45 Stat. 437 on April 21, 1928 divided the District of Indiana into two judicial districts known as the Northern District of Indiana and the Southern District of Indiana. A judgeship was assigned to each new district. Over time 4 additional judicial posts were added for a total of 5 current posts.
The following table highlights the development of judicial posts for the Northern District of Indiana:
|April 21, 1928||45 Stat. 437||1|
|February 10, 1954||68 Stat. 8||2|
|May 19, 1961||75 Stat. 80||3|
|October 20, 1978||92 Stat. 1629||4|
|December 1, 1990||104 Stat. 5089||5|
This page is missing notable case information.
For a searchable list of opinions, please see Justia.com-Dockets and Filings-Northern District of Indiana.
Four separate courthouses serve the Northern District of Indiana.
For new stories and other related material see Indiana judicial news.
- United States District Court, Northern District of Indiana
- Official Website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Indiana
- Judges of the Northern District of Indiana
- Northern District of Indiana
|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 Indiana has 5 posts and 0 vacancies. The current Chief Judge is Robert Miller. This is a list of the current judges on the court:
|Judge Robert Miller||1950||South Bend, IN||Reagan||12/17/1985 - Present||2003 - 2010||New Seat|98 Stat. 333||Northwestern U., B.A., 1972||Indiana U. School of Law, J.D., 1975|
|Judge Theresa Springmann||1956||Gary, IN||W. Bush||6/24/2003 - Present||James T. Moody||Indiana U., B.A., 1977||U. of Notre Dame, J.D., 1980|
|Judge Joseph Van Bokkelen||1943||Chicago, IL||W. Bush||7/18/2007 - Present||Rudy Lozano||Indiana U., B.A., 1966||Indiana U. School of Law, J.D., 1969|
|Chief Judge Philip Simon||1962||Pittsburgh, PA||W. Bush||3/27/2003 - Present||2010 - Present||William Lee||U. of Iowa, B.A., 1984||Indiana U. School of Law, J.D., 1987|
|Judge Jon E. DeGuilio||1955||Hammond, Indiana||Obama||5/13/2010 - Present||Allen Sharp||U. of Notre Dame, B.A., 1977||Valparaiso U. School of Law, J.D., 1981|
There are no current pending appointments for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana.
Senior judgesSee: Federal judges on senior status
The United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana has 3 judges on senior status currently. This is a list of the current senior judges on the court:
|Senior Judge James T. Moody||Reagan||2/9/1982 - 6/17/2003||6/17/2003 - Present||Indiana U., A.B., 1960||Indiana U. School of Law, LL.B., 1963|
|Senior Judge William Lee||Reagan||7/28/1981 - 2/3/2003||1997 - 2003||2/3/2003 - Present||Yale U., A.B., 1959||U. of Chicago Law School, J.D., 1962|
|Senior Judge Rudy Lozano||Reagan||2/26/1988 - 7/10/2007||7/10/2007 - Present||Indiana U., B.S., 1963||Indiana U. School of Law, LL.B., 1966|
|Magistrate Judge Roger Cosbey||1990 - Present||Western Michigan U., B.A., 1972||U. of Toledo, J.D., 1975|
|Magistrate Judge Paul Cherry||10/01/2003 - Present||Huntington U., B.A., 1973||Ohio Northern U. Law, J.D., 1977|
|Magistrate Judge Christopher Nuechterlein||01/10/2000 - Present||Valparaiso U., B.A., 1973||Valparaiso U. Law, J.D., 1976|
|Magistrate Judge John E. Martin (Indiana)||3/1/2013-Present||Valparasio University Law School|
Former Chief judges
|Luther Swygert||1954 - 1961|
|Robert Grant||1961 - 1972|
|George Beamer||1972 - 1974|
|Jesse Eschbach||1974 - 1981|
|William Lee||1997 - 2003|
|Allen Sharp||1981 - 1996|
|Robert Miller||2003 - 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||Roger Cosbey • Paul Cherry • Christopher Nuechterlein • John E. Martin (Indiana) •|
|Former Article III judges|
|Former Chief judges|