United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia

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Northern District of West Virginia
Fourth Circuit
WV-ND.jpg
Chief:John BaileyJudges:3
Posts:3Vacancies:0
Active judges
GrohKeeley
Senior Judges
Stamp
Magistrate Judges
JoelKaullSiebert
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 Northern District of West Virginia is a United States district court in the Fourth Circuit.

The United States Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court. The current district attorney is William J. Ihlenfeld, II .[1]

When decisions of the court are appealed, they are appealed to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals based in Downtown Richmond, VA at the Lewis F. Powell Federal Courthouse.

Vacancy warning level

The United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia's vacancy warning level is currently set at green. The court has no vacancies for their three posts.

Jurisdiction

The Counties of the Northern District of West Virginia (click for larger map)

The geographic jurisdiction of the Northern District of West Virginia consists of all the following counties in the northern part of the state of West Virginia.

When decisions of the court are appealed, they are appealed to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals based in Downtown Richmond, VA at the Lewis F. Powell Federal Courthouse.

Cases heard

The Northern District of West Virginia 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 784123020141099 9156.28.39 (1.6%)5.414
2011 818111619341155 7795.89.315 (3.2%)1219
2010 782110018821062 8206.48.614 (2.5%)1214
2009 946109920451259 7866.29.916 (3.1%)1218
2008 1191123724281489 9397.31022 (3.6%)1213
20079181151206999310766.312.118 (2.5%)13.814
*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.
WVN Terminations Filed.jpg WVN Median Times.jpg

Clerk's office

The Northern District of West Virginia has four separate courthouses. The official clerk of court is Cheryl Dean Riley. Offices are open Monday-Friday excluding holidays. Please consult the chart below for more information:

Branch Address Phone number Fax number
Clarksburg Division Clerk, U. S. District Court

500 West Pike Street, Room 301 P.O. Box 2857 Clarksburg, WV 26302

(304) 622-8513 (304) 623-4551
Elkins Division District Clerk's Office

Clerk, U. S. District Court P.O. Box 1518 300 Third Street Elkins, WV 26241

(304) 636-1445 (304) 636-5746
Martinsburg Division Clerk, U. S. District Court

217 W. King Street, Room 102 Martinsburg, WV 25401

(304) 267-8225 (304) 264-0434
Wheeling Division Cheryl Dean Riley

Clerk, U. S. District Court 1125 Chapline Street P.O. Box 471 Wheeling, WV 26003

(304) 232-0011 (304) 233-2185
[2]

History

Court history

The District of West Virginia was established by Congress on June 11, 1864 out of the Western District of Virginia with one post to cover the entire state. On January 22, 1901 Congress divided the district into the Northern District of West Virginia and Southern District of West Virginia with one post each. Over time 2 additional judicial posts were added to the Northern District of West Virginia for a total of 3 current posts.[3]

Judicial posts

The following table highlights the development of judicial posts for the Northern District of West Virginia:

Year Statute Total Seats
June 11, 1864 13 Stat. 124 1 (Whole state)
January 22, 1901 31 Stat. 736 1
June 22, 1936 49 Stat. 1805 2 (1 temporary shared)
February 10, 1954 68 Stat. 8 2 (1 shared)
January 14, 1983 96 Stat. 2601 (temporary reassigned) 2
December 1, 1990 104 Stat. 5089 3
[3]

Notable cases

This page is missing notable case information.



For a searchable list of opinions, please see Opinions of the Northern District of West Virginia.

Federal courthouse

There are four federal courthouses that serve the Southern District of West Virginia.

Major news

For new stories and other related material see West Virginia judicial news.

See also

External links

References

  1. Offices of the United States Attorneys, Official list
  2. Court Clerk Information(Select the appropriate division at the bottom center of the page for info and map)
  3. 3.0 3.1 FJC History of the Districts of West Virginia

Northern District of West Virginia
Fourth Circuit
WV-ND.jpg
Chief:John BaileyJudges:3
Posts:3Vacancies:0
Active judges
GrohKeeley
Senior Judges
Stamp
Magistrate Judges
JoelKaullSiebert
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
Chief Judge John Bailey1951Wheeling, WVW. Bush 03/19/2007 - Present2008 - PresentFrederick StampDartmouth College, A.B., 1973West Virginia U. Law, J.D., 1976
Judge Irene Keeley1944Brooklyn, NYH.W. Bush 08/12/1992 - Present2001 - 2008New Seat|104 Stat. 5089College of Notre Dame of Maryland, B.A., 1965West Virginia U. Law, J.D., 1980
Judge Gina Marie Groh1964Hagerstown, MDObama 3/15/2012 - PresentW. Craig BroadwaterShepherd U., B.S., 1986West Virginia U. Law, J.D., 1989


Pending appointments

There are no current pending appointments for the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia.


Senior judges

JudgeAppointed byActiveChiefSeniorBachelorsLaw
Senior Judge Frederick StampH.W. Bush 07/12/1990 - 10/31/20061994 - 200111/01/2006 - PresentWashington and Lee U., B.A., 1956University of Richmond, T.C. Williams School of Law, LL.B., 1959


Magistrate judges

JudgeActiveBachelorsLaw
Magistrate Judge David Joel
Magistrate Judge John Kaull9/29/2001-PresentWest Virginia UniversityWest Virginia University College of Law
Magistrate Judge James Seibert


Past judges

Former Chief judges

Former Chief JudgesTerm
Charles Paul1963 - 1965
Harry Watkins1954 - 1963
William Eli Baker1948 - 1954
Irene Keeley2001 - 2008
Frederick Stamp1994 - 2001
Robert Maxwell1965 - 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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