United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa
The United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa is a United States district court. It has jurisdiction over fifty-two of Iowa's ninety-nine counties. It is subject to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.
Presently, the court has two district judges, Chief Judge Linda R. Reade and Judge Mark W. Bennett. There are also two senior judges, Edward J. McManus and Donald E. O'Brien and two Magistrate Judges, Chief Magistrate Judge Paul A. Zoss and Magistrate Judge Jon Stuart Scoles.
It is headquartered in Cedar Rapids, with satellite facilities in Fort Dodge and Sioux City. Matt M. Dummermuth is the current United States Attorney. When decisions of the court are appealed, they are appealed to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals based in Downtown St. Louis at the Thomas F. Eagleton Federal Courthouse and Building.
Vacancy warning level
The United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa's vacancy warning level is currently set at green. The court currently has zero vacancies out of their two posts. There are no pending appointments for the district.
The Northern District of Iowa 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.
|Cedar Rapids Division||U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa
4200 C Street SW
|(319)-286-2300||M-F 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.|
M-F 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
|Sioux City Division||US District Court for the Northern District of Iowa
320 Sixth Street
|(712)-233-3900||M-F 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.|
The District of Iowa was established by Congress on March 3, 1845 with one post to cover the entire state. Since the District of Iowa was not yet assigned to a judicial circuit, it was 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 July 15, 1862, Statute 12 Stat. 576 repealed the circuit court jurisdiction of the District of Iowa and instead established a United States circuit court in the district, and then assigned the district over to the Ninth Circuit. Statute 14 Stat. 209 on July 23, 1866 reorganized the circuits and assigned the District of Iowa to the Eighth Circuit.
The state of Iowa was divided into two circuits, the Northern and the Southern, on July 20, 1882 by statute 22 Stat. 172. One judgeship was assigned to each district. Over time 1 additional judicial post was added for a total of 2 current posts.
The following table highlights the development of judicial posts for the Northern District of Iowa:
|March 3, 1845||5 Stat. 789||1|
|July 20, 1882||22 Stat. 172||1|
|May 19, 1961||75 Stat. 80||2|
|December 1, 1990||104 Stat. 5089||2|
For a searchable list of opinions, please see Justia.com-Dockets and Filings-Northern District of Iowa.
| • Illegal worker raid case Judge(s):Linda Reade|
*US v. Rubashkin 08-CR-1324-LRR
|Judge Reade is presiding in the case of Sholom Rubashkin, a top manager of Agriprocessors, Inc based in Pottsville, Iowa. Rubashkin was charged with immigration, bank, and wire fraud after a May 2008 raid was conducted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). His trial is set for October 13, 2009, but the judge ruled that Rubashkin can leave Iowa on supervised release to pray at the grave site of a Jewish Orthodox leader in New York.
Rubashkin was found guilty in November of 2009 on 86 counts of financial fraud. A sentencing hearing was held on April 29, 2010, in which federal prosecutors asked to sentence Rubashkin to twenty-five years in prison--less than federal guidelines calling for life imprisonment. Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Iowa, Pete Deegan said because Rubashkin is not a violent criminal, he did not request a life sentence during the hearing. Rubashkin's attorney, Guy Cook, asked for a five to six year sentence and to serve his sentence in an upstate New York facility that caters to Jewish inmates.Judge Reade will issue her decision on the sentence on May 27, 2010. 
Two separate courthouses serve the Northern District of Iowa.
For new stories and other related material see Iowa judicial news.
- Official Website of the Northern District of Iowa
- Judges of the Northern District of Iowa
- Official Webpage for the US Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Iowa
- Opinions of the Northern District of Iowa
- ↑ Court Clerk Information(Select the appropriate division for info and map)
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 FJC History of the Northern District of Iowa
- ↑ "WQAD" Federal judge lets former kosher slaughterhouse manager leave Iowa, pray at New York grave, September 15, 2009
- ↑ Google News "25-year term sought in Iowa slaughterhouse case", April 29, 2010
|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 Iowa has 2 posts and 0 vacancies. The current Chief Judge is Linda Reade. This is a list of the current judges on the court:
|Chief Judge Linda Reade||1948||Sioux Falls, SD||W. Bush||11/26/2002 - Present||2006 - Present||Michael Melloy||Drake U., B.A., 1970||Drake U. Law School, J.D., 1980|
|Judge Mark Bennett||1950||Milwaukee, WI||Clinton||August 26, 1994 - Present||1999 - 2006||Donald O'Brien||Gustavus Adolphus College, B.A., 1972||Drake U. Law School, J.D., 1975|
There are no current pending appointments for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa.
Senior judgesSee: Federal judges on senior status
The United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa has 2 judges on senior status currently. This is a list of the current senior judges on the court:
|Senior Judge Edward McManus||Kennedy||7/16/1962 - 2/9/1985||1962 - 1985||2/9/1985 - Present||U. of Iowa, B.A., 1940||U. of Iowa College of Law, J.D., 1942|
|Senior Judge Donald O'Brien||Carter||10/5/1978 - 12/30/1992||1985 - 1992||12/30/1992 - Present||Creighton U. School of Law, LL.B., 1948|
|Magistrate Judge Jon Scoles||03/20/1997 - Present||U. of Northern Iowa, B.A., 1973||U. of Iowa, J.D., 1979|
Former Chief judges
|Henry Graven||1961 - 1961|
|Michael Melloy||1992 - 1999|
|Mark Bennett||1999 - 2006|
|Donald O'Brien||1985 - 1992|
|Edward McManus||1962 - 1985|
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||Jon Scoles •|
|Former Article III judges|
|Former Chief judges|