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United States District Court for the District of Wyoming

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District of Wyoming
Tenth Circuit
Judges: 3
Posts: 3
Vacancies: 0
Active judges
Chief: Nancy D. Freudenthal
Senior Judges
Magistrate Judges
Former Judges
(Numbers indicate % of seats vacant.)
More than 40%
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 District of Wyoming is a United States district court.

Vacancy warning level

The United States District Court for the District of Wyoming's vacancy warning level is currently set at green. The court currently has no vacancies, with all of the posts currently filled.


The Counties of Wyoming (click for larger map)

The jurisdiction of the District of Wyoming consists of all the counties in the state of Wyoming and those portions of Yellowstone National Park situated in Montana and Idaho.

The court has locations in Cheyenne and Casper.

The United States Attorney for the District of Wyoming represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court.

When decisions of the court are appealed, they are appealed to the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals based in Downtown Denver at the Byron White Federal Courthouse.

Cases heard

The District of Wyoming 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 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
2010 5736521225642 5835.49.26(2.1%)7.125
2009 6096331242668 5745.810.811(3.6%)1218
2008 5945721166561 6057.47.812(3.6%)1220
*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.

Clerk's office

The District of Wyoming has four separate courthouses. Stephan Harris is the official clerk of court. Clerks' offices are located at the Cheyenne and Casper divisions and are open Monday through Friday from 8:30am - 12:00pm and 1:00pm - 5:00pm MST, excluding federal holidays. Please consult the chart below for more information:

Branch Address Mailing Address Phone
Cheyenne Division Joseph C. O'Mahoney Federal Center

2120 Capitol Avenue
Room 2131
Cheyenne, WY 82001

Joseph C. O'Mahoney Federal Center

2120 Capitol Avenue
2nd Floor
Cheyenne, WY 82001-3658

(307) 433-2120
Casper Division Ewing T. Kerr Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse

111 South Wolcott
Casper, WY 82601

Ewing T. Kerr Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse

111 South Wolcott
Casper, WY 82601-2534

(307) 232-2620
Yellowstone Division at Mammoth Yellowstone Justice Center

105 Mammoth
Mammoth, WY 82190

Yellowstone Justice Center

P.O. Box 387
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190

(307) 344-2569
Jackson Division Clifford P. Hansen Federal Courthouse

145 E. Simpson (no mail to this address)
Jackson, WY 83001

Honorable James K. Lubing

P. O. Box 4117
Jackson, WY 83001

(307) 733-4126


Court history

The District of Wyoming was established by Congress on July 10, 1890 with one post to cover the entire state. Over time 2 additional judicial posts were added for a total of 3 current posts.[2]

Judicial posts

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

Year Statute Total Seats
July 10, 1890 26 Stat. 222 1
July 10, 1984 98 Stat. 333 2
December 1, 1990 104 Stat. 5089 3

Notable decisions

For a searchable list of opinions, please see Opinions of the District of Wyoming.

Federal courthouse

Major news

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

See also

External links


District of Wyoming
Tenth Circuit
Chief:Nancy D. FreudenthalJudges:3
Active judges
Senior Judges
Magistrate Judges
Former Judges
(Numbers indicate % of seats vacant.)
More than 40%
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 Alan Johnson (Wyoming)1939Cheyenne, WYReagan 12/17/1985 - Present1992 - 1999New Seat|98 Stat. 333Vanderbilt U., B.A., 1961University of Wyoming Law, J.D., 1964
Judge Scott W. Skavdahl1966Lincoln, NEObama 11/3/2011 - PresentWilliam F. DownesUniversity of Wyoming, B.S., 1989University of Wyoming School of Law, J.D., 1992
Chief Judge Nancy D. Freudenthal1954Cody, WYObama 5/6/2010 - Present2011 - PresentClarence BrimmerUniversity of Wyoming, B.A., 1976University of Wyoming Law, J.D., 1980

Pending appointments

There are no pending nominations for the United States District Court for the District of Wyoming.

Senior judges

No senior judges.

Magistrate judges

Magistrate judge Kelly H. Rankin6/7/2012-Present
Magistrate judge Mark L. Carman

Past judges

Former Chief judges

Former Chief JudgesTerm
Alan Johnson (Wyoming)1992 - 1999
William Downes1999 - 2011
Clarence Brimmer1986 - 1992

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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