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United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia

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Northern District of West Virginia
Fourth Circuit
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Judges: 3
Posts: 3
Vacancies: 0
Active judges
Chief: John Bailey
Senior Judges
Magistrate Judges
Former Judges
Key:
(Numbers indicate % of seats vacant.)
0%0%-10%
10%-25%25%-40%
More than 40%

The United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia is one of ninety-four United States district courts. When decisions of the court are appealed, they are appealed to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals based in downtown Richmond, Virginia at the Lewis F. Powell Federal Courthouse.

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]

Vacancy warning level

The United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia's vacancy warning level is green.

Pending nominations

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


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


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


Jurisdiction

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

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.

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.

Caseloads

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Federal Court Caseload 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
2013 910127021801228 9526.79.08 (1.3%)022
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.

Notable cases

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

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 two additional judicial posts were added to the Northern District of West Virginia for a total of three current posts.[2]

Judicial posts

The following table highlights the development of judicial posts for the Northern District of West Virginia:[2]

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

Former chief judges

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.[3][4]

Former judges

For more information about judges from the Northern District of West Virginia, see former federal judges of the Northern District of West Virginia.

Federal courthouse

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

See also

External links

References


West VirginiaSupreme Court of Appeals of West VirginiaWest Virginia Circuit CourtsWest Virginia Family CourtsWest Virginia Magistrate CourtsWest Virginia Municipal CourtsUnited States District Court for the Northern District of West VirginiaUnited States District Court for the Southern District of West VirginiaUnited States bankruptcy court, Northern District of West VirginiaUnited States bankruptcy court, Southern District of West VirginiaUnited States Court of Appeals for the Fourth CircuitWest Virginia countiesWest Virginia judicial newsWest Virginia judicial electionsJudicial selection in West VirginiaWestVirginiaTemplate.jpg