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United States District Court for the District of Arizona

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District of Arizona
Ninth Circuit
Judges: 13
Posts: 13
Vacancies: 0
Active judges
Chief: Raner Collins
Senior Judges
Magistrate Judges
Former Judges
(Numbers indicate % of seats vacant.)
More than 40%

The United States District Court for the District of Arizona is one of ninety-four United States district courts. Cases are heard in Phoenix, Tucson, Flagstaff, Yuma and Prescott. When decisions of the court are appealed, they are appealed to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, based in downtown San Francisco at the James R. Browning Federal Courthouse, but initial appeals are heard at the Richard Chambers Federal Courthouse in Pasadena, California.

The United States Attorney for the District of Arizona represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court. The current district attorney is John S. Leonardo.[1]

Vacancy warning level

The United States District Court for the District of Arizona's vacancy warning level is currently set at green. The court has no vacancies out of its thirteen posts.

Pending appointments

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

Active judges

Article III judges

JudgeBornHomeAppointed byActiveChiefPreceededBachelorsLaw
Judge Susan Bolton1951Philadelphia, PAClinton 10/13/2000 - PresentRobert BroomfieldUniversity of Iowa, B.A., 1973University of Iowa College of Law, J.D., 1975
Judge David G. Campbell1952Salt Lake City, UTW. Bush 7/15/2003 - PresentNew Seat|116 Stat. 1758University of Utah, B.S., 1976University of Utah College of Law, J.D., 1979
Chief Judge Raner Collins1952Malvern, ARClinton 8/3/1998 - Present9/3/2013 - PresentWilliam BrowningArkansas Polytechnic College, B.A., 1973University of Arizona College of Law, J.D., 1975
Judge Cindy Jorgenson1953Fort Ord, CAW. Bush 3/6/2002 - PresentNew Seat|113 Stat. 1501University of Arizona, B.S., 1974University of Arizona College of Law, J.D., 1977
Judge Murray Snow1959Boulder City, NVW. Bush 7/23/2008 - PresentStephen McNameeBrigham Young U., B.A., 1984J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young U., J.D., 1987
Judge Neil Wake1948Phoenix, AZ 03/15/2004-PresentPaul RosenblattArizona State University, 1971Harvard Law School, 1974
Judge Douglas Rayes1952Phoenix, ArizonaObama 5/15/2014-PresentArizona State University, 1975Arizona State University Law, 1979
Judge James A. Soto 5/15/2014-PresentDavid BuryArizona State University, 1971Arizona State University College of Law, 1975
Judge Jennifer Zipps1964Ashland, OHObama 10/5/2011 - PresentJohn RollUniversity of Arizona, B.A., 1986Georgetown U. Law Center, J.D., 1990
Judge Rosemary Marquez1968Los Angles, CaliforniaObama 5/15/2014-PresentFrank ZapataUniversity of Arizona, B.A., 1990University of Arizona Law, J.D., 1993
Judge Steven Logan1965Phoenix, ArizonaObama 5/14/2014-PresentJames TeilborgUniversity of Louisville, B.S., 1988University of Oklahoma College of Law, J.D., 1992
Judge Diane Humetewa1964Tempe, ArizonaObama 5/14/2014-PresentMary MurguiaArizona State U., B.A., 1987Arizona State U. Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, J.D., 1993
Judge John Tuchi1964Phoenix, ArizonaObama 5/14/2014-PresentRoslyn SilverUniversity of West Virginia, 1987Arizona State U. School of Law, 1994

Active Article III judges by appointing political party

This graph displays the percent of active judges by the party of the appointing president and does not reflect how a judge may rule on specific cases or their own political preferences.


Senior judges

JudgeAppointed byActiveChiefSeniorBachelorsLaw
Senior Judge Earl CarrollCarter 6/30/1980 - 10/10/199410/10/1994 - PresentUniversity of Arizona, B.S., 1948University of Arizona College of Law, LL.B., 1951
Senior Judge Stephen McNameeH.W. Bush 6/4/1990 - 10/1/20071999 - 200610/1/2007 - PresentUniversity of Cincinnati, B.A., 1964University of Arizona College of Law, J.D., 1969
Senior Judge Paul RosenblattReagan 6/11/1984 - 10/30/200310/30/2003 - PresentUniversity of Arizona, A.B., 1958University of Arizona College of Law, J.D., 1963
Senior Judge Roger StrandReagan 7/22/1985 - 4/28/20004/28/2000 - PresentHamilton College, B.A., 1955Cornell Law School, LL.B., 1961
Senior Judge Frederick MartoneW. Bush 12/21/2001 - 1/30/20131/30/2013 - PresentCollege of the Holy Cross, B.S., 1965University of Notre Dame, J.D., 1972
Senior Judge Roslyn SilverClinton 10/11/1994 - 9/3/20132011 - 20139/3/2013 - PresentUniversity of California at Santa Barbara, B.A., 1968Arizona State U. College of Law, J.D., 1971
Senior Judge James TeilborgClinton 10/13/2000-1/30/20131/30/2013-PresentUniversity of Arizona College of Law, 1966
Senior Judge David BuryW. Bush 3/19/2002-12/31/201212/31/2012-PresentOklahoma State U., B.S., 1964University of Arizona College of Law, J.D., 1967
Senior Judge Frank ZapataClinton 8/1/1996-8/3/20108/3/2010-PresentUniversity of Arizona, B.A., 1966University of Arizona College of Law, J.D., 1973

Senior judges by appointing political party

This graph displays the percent of senior judges by the party of the appointing president and does not reflect how a judge may rule on specific cases or their own political preferences.


Magistrate judges

Magistrate Judge Lawrence Anderson5/10/1990-Present
Magistrate Judge David Duncan6/14/2001 - Present
Magistrate Judge Michelle Burns2/23/2007 - Present
Magistrate Judge Mark Aspey3/18/2005 - Present
Magistrate judge John A. Buttrick8/17/2012 - PresentUniversity of Denver, 1973Harvard Law School, 1976
Magistrate Judge Eileen Willett2014-2022University of Georgia, 1980Rutgers School of Law, 1984
Magistrate Judge D. Thomas Ferraro12/30/2008 - Present
Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Marshall Rateau7/11/2001-Present
Magistrate Judge Charles Pyle6/28/2001 - Present
Magistrate Judge Bernardo Velasco9/29/2000 - Present
Magistrate Judge James F. Metcalf11/21/2011 - Present
Magistrate Judge Eric J. Markovich2/10/2014-PresentOhio U., B.S.C., 1989Syracuse U. Law, J.D., 1992
Magistrate Judge Bruce G. Macdonald5/7/2012-PresentUniversity of Arizona, B.A., 1982University of Arizona, J.D., 1985
Magistrate Judge Leslie A. Bowman5/7/2012-Present
Magistrate Judge Bridget S. Bade6/18/2012-Present


The Counties of Arizona (click for larger map)

The jurisdiction of the District of Arizona consists of all the counties in the state of Arizona. Court is held in the cities of Phoenix, Tucson, Flagstaff, Yuma and Prescott.

The District of Arizona has original jurisdiction over cases filed within its jurisdiction. These cases can include civil and criminal matters that fall under federal law.




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 5881109261680711007 58004.87.682 (2.7%)49.820
2012 7606123511995713790 61674.67.087(3.1%)24.122
2011 7259141142137313688 76855885(3.0%)29.533
2010 6562112681783010381 744957.293(3%)1.919
2009 553210131156638936 672758.1117(3.9%)016
2008 63288478148069211 55956.19184(6.4%)8.816
*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 cases in the District of Arizona, see United States Department of Justice-Arizona or the ASU-Arizona Cases and Court Rules.


Court history

The District of Arizona was organized by Congress as one judicial district on June 20, 1910, with one authorized judgeship for the district. The district was then assigned to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and became effective upon the admission of the State of Arizona on February 14, 1912. Over time, twelve permanent judicial posts were added, with the addition of one temporary post for a total of thirteen current posts.[21]

Judicial posts

The following table highlights the development of judicial posts for the District of Alaska:[21]

Year Statute Total Seats
June 20, 1910 36 Stat. 557 1
August 19, 1935 49 Stat. 659 2
May 19, 1961 75 Stat. 80 3
March 18, 1966 80 Stat. 75 4
June 2, 1970 84 Stat. 294 5
October 20, 1978 92 Stat. 1629 8
November 29, 1999 113 Stat. 1501 11
December 21, 2000 114 Stat. 2762 12
November 2, 2002 116 Stat. 1758 13

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.[22][23]

Former judges

To learn more about the judges who have served on the court, see former federal judges, District of Arizona.


Five separate courthouses serve the District of Arizona.

See also

External links


  1. Offices of the United States Attorneys, "U.S. Attorneys Listing," accessed July 30, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Los Angeles Times, "Federal judge refuses to stay execution of Arizona death row inmate," July 11, 2014
  3. New York Times, "Court Delays Execution Over Secrecy With Drugs," July 20, 2014
  4. RT, "Supreme Court upholds Ariz. death row drug secrecy, clears inmate execution," July 23, 2014
  5. 5.0 5.1 New York Times, "Arizona Takes Nearly 2 Hours to Execute Inmate," July 23, 2014
  6. Los Angeles Times, "Arizona to probe why killer took 2 hours to die after lethal injection," July 24, 2014
  7. Washington Post, "Judge mulls sanctions against Ariz. sheriff office," February 4, 2010
  8. Your West Valley, "Judge encourages settlement of sweeps case," March 21, 2010 (dead link)
  9. United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, "De Jesus Ortega Melendres, et al v. Arpaio, et al," September 25, 2012
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 The Republic, "Federal judge declines delaying 2 Arizona executions," February 23, 2012
  11. 11.0 11.1 Bloomberg Businessweek, "Arizona Medical-Marijuana Suit Dismissed by Federal Judge," January 5, 2012
  12. San Francisco Chronicle, "Judge says Arizona's abortion ban can take effect," July 30, 2012
  13. Fox News, "Arizona's Altered Immigration Law Takes Effect, State Heads Back to Court," July 29, 2010
  14. CNN, "Parts of controversial Arizona immigration law to take effect," July 29, 2010
  15. Los Angeles Times, "Federal appeals court upholds injunction blocking Arizona immigration law," April 11, 2011
  16. Associated Press "Judge dismisses Ariz. governor’s lawsuit against feds over border enforcement," October 21, 2011
  17. Joplin Globe, "Judge dismisses federal suit against Hunte Corp.," February 3, 2010 (dead link)
  18. East Valley Tribune, "Judge won't kick Green Party candidates off ballot," September 9, 2010
  19. The Republic, "Federal judge strikes down Ariz. matching funds," January 21, 2010
  20. Arizona Star Net, Judge rules Arizona teaching of English may be challenged," December 22, 2009 (dead link)
  21. 21.0 21.1 Federal Judicial Center, "History of the District of Arizona," accessed July 30, 2014
  22. United States Courts, "Frequently Asked Questions"
  23. United States Courts, "On Being Chief Judge," February 2009
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