United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
The U.S. District Court for the Southern 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, United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana and southern. The Southern District headquartered out of Indianapolis, along with other divisions in Terre Haute1, Evansville and New Albany. 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 five judges, four full-time magistrate judges and two part-time magistrate judges.
Divisions of the Southern District
Indianapolis: Bartholomew County, Boone County, Brown County, Clinton County, Decatur County, Delaware County, Fayette County, Fountain County, Franklin County, Hamilton County, Hancock County, Hendricks County, Henry County, Howard County, Johnson County, Madison County, Marion County, Monroe County, Montgomery County, Morgan County, Randolph County, Rush County, Shelby County, Tipton County, Union County and Wayne County.
New Albany: Clark County, Crawford County, Dearborn County, Floyd County, Harrison County, Jackson County, Jefferson County, Jennings County, Lawrence County, Ohio County, Orange County, Ripley County, Scott County, Switzerland County and Washington County.
Vacancy warning level
The United States District Court for the Southern 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 four court divisions, each covering the following counties:
The Indianapolis Division, covering Bartholomew, Boone, Brown, Clinton, Decatur, Delaware, Fayette, Fountain, Franklin, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Henry, Howard, Johnson, Madison, Marion, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Randolph, Rush, Shelby, Tipton, Union, and Wayne Counties.
The Southern 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 Southern District of Indiana has four separate courthouses. The Clerk's office is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m, excluding Federal holidays. Please consult the chart below for more information:
|Evansville Division||U.S. District Court
304 Federal Building
|Indianapolis Division||U.S. District Court
Birch Bayh Federal Building
and United States Courthouse
|New Albany Division||U.S. District Court
Lee H. Hamilton Federal Building
and United States Courthouse
|Terre Haute Division||U.S. District Court
921 Ohio Street
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 Southern District of Indiana:
|April 21, 1928||45 Stat. 437||1|
|February 10, 1954||68 Stat. 8||2|
|May 19, 1961||75 Stat. 80||3|
|March 18, 1966||80 Stat. 75||4|
|October 20, 1978||92 Stat. 1629||5|
For a searchable list of opinions, please see Justia.com-Dockets and Filings-Southern District of Indiana.
| • Judge rules Indiana prisons' treatment of the mentally ill is cruel and unusual punishment Judge(s):Tanya Walton Pratt|
*Indiana Protection and Advocacy Services Commission v. Indiana Dept. of Correction No. 08-01317
|In December 2012, Judge Tanya Walton Pratt ruled against the Indiana Department of Corrections (IDOC) in regards to the State treatment of mentally ill inmates. IDOC has sometimes used solitary confinement in cases of mentally ill inmates, confining them to their cells for between 23 and 24 hours per day. This is a standard practice of the State in the case of any inmate deemed to be a danger to themselves or others, regardless of mental state.
In her ruling, Judge Pratt found this practice to constitute cruel and unusual punishment in the case of mentally ill inmates, as they do not receive the minimally acceptable level of care in solitary confinement. Pratt also noted that such confinement often leads to an exacerbation of the mental illness, sometimes resulting in worsening condition, more violent outbursts, or increased suicide attempts. Perhaps most notably, Pratt's ruling called the practices of IDOC, "deliberately indifferent," noting that the department was aware of the issues with their care of the mentally ill, though they did little or nothing to correct the problem.This is not Pratt's first high profile ruling in Indiana. In 2011, Pratt issued the preliminary injunction that disallowed the state from partially defunding Planned Parenthood.
Four separate courthouses serve the Southern District of Indiana.
For new stories and other related material see Indiana judicial news.
- United States District Court, Southern District of Indiana
- Judges of the Southern District of Indiana
- Official Website of the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Indiana
- Opinions of the Northern District of Indiana
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 U.S. Marshals Service-Southern District of Indiana
- ↑ Court Clerk Information(Select the appropriate division for info and map)
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 FJC History of the Southern District of Indiana
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 USA Today, "Judge: Indiana violated rights of mentally ill inmates," January 2, 2013
- ↑ Indianapolis Star, "Erika D. Smith: Mentally ill prisoners need our attention," January 2, 2013
- ↑ The Chicago Post-Tribune, "Judge: Indiana ‘indifferent’ to mentally ill inmates," January 2, 2012
|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 Southern District of Indiana has 5 posts and 0 vacancies. The current Chief Judge is Richard Young. This is a list of the current judges on the court:
|Judge Sarah Barker||1943||Mishawaka, IN||Reagan||3/14/1984 - Present||1994 - 2000||Cale Holder||Indiana U., B.S., 1965||American U., Washington College of Law, J.D., 1969|
|Chief Judge Richard Young||1953||Davenport, IA||Clinton||3/6/1998 - Present||2009 - Present||Gene Brooks||Drake U., B.A., 1975||George Mason U. School of Law, J.D., 1980|
|Judge William Lawrence||1947||Indianapolis, IN||W. Bush||6/30/2008 - Present||John Tinder||Indiana U., B.S., 1970||Indiana U. School of Law, J.D., 1973|
|Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson||1958||LaCrosse, WI||Obama||6/9/2010 - Present||Larry McKinney||Butler U., B.A., 1979||Indiana U. School of Law, J.D., 1983|
|Judge Tanya Walton Pratt||1959||Indianapolis, IN||Obama||6/15/2010 - Present||David Hamilton||Spelman College, B.A., 1981||Howard U. School of Law, J.D., 1984|
There are no current pending appointments for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.
Senior judgesSee: Federal judges on senior status
The United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana has 1 judges on senior status currently. This is a list of the current senior judges on the court:
|Senior Judge Larry McKinney||Reagan||7/20/1987 - 7/4/2009||2001 - 2007||7/4/2009 - Present||MacMurray College, B.A., 1966||Indiana U. School of Law, J.D., 1969|
|Magistrate Judge Tim Baker||2001 - Present||Indiana U., B.A., 1984||Valparaiso U. Law, J.D., 1989|
|Magistrate Judge (Recalled) Kennard P. Foster||1986 - 11/01/2002||Ball State U., 1966||Indiana U. Law, J.D., 1970|
|Magistrate Judge William G. Hussman||1988 - Present||Valparaiso U., B.A., 1972||Valparaiso U. Law, J.D., 1975|
|Magistrate Judge Michael Naville||1995 - Present||Indiana U., 1973||U. of Louisville Law, J.D., 1976|
|Magistrate Judge Craig McKee||2007 - Present||Indiana State U.||Indiana U. Law|
|Magistrate Judge Debra McVicker Lynch||10/24/2008 - Present||U. of Miami||Indiana U. Law|
|Magistrate Judge Denise LaRue||05/24/2011 - Present||Indiana U., B.S., 1980||Indiana U. Law, J.D., 1989|
|Magistrate Judge Mark Dinsmore||12/17/2010 - Present||Wabash College, A.B., 1983||U. of Toledo Law, J.D.|
Former Chief judges
|William Steckler||1954 - 1982|
|James Noland||1984 - 1986|
|Samuel Dillin||1982 - 1984|
|Gene Brooks||1987 - 1994|
|Larry McKinney||2001 - 2007|
|Sarah Barker||1994 - 2000|
|David Hamilton||2008 - 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. 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||Tim Baker • Kennard P. Foster • William G. Hussman • Michael Naville • Craig McKee • Debra McVicker Lynch • Denise LaRue • Mark Dinsmore •|
|Former Article III judges|
|Former Chief judges|