United States District Court for the District of Delaware
- 1 Vacancy warning level
- 2 Active judges
- 3 Jurisdiction
- 4 Caseloads
- 5 Notable cases
- 6 History
- 7 Federal courthouse
- 8 See also
- 9 External links
- 10 References
The United States District Court for the District of Delaware is one of ninety-four United States district courts. The court operates out of Wilmington, Delaware. When decisions of the court are appealed, they are appealed to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals based in downtown Philadelphia at the James Byrne Courthouse.
Vacancy warning level
There are no pending nominations for the United States District Court for the District of Delaware.
Article III judges
|Chief judge Greg Sleet||1951||New York, NY||Clinton||4/30/1998 - Present||2007 - Present||Joseph Longobardi||Hampton U., B.A., 1973||Rutgers U. Law, J.D., 1976|
|Judge Sue Robinson||1952||Mount Carmel, IL||H.W. Bush||11/18/1991 - Present||2000 - 2007||Jane Roth||University of Delaware, B.A., 1974||University of Pennsylvania Law, J.D., 1978|
|Judge Leonard Stark||1969||Detroit, MI||Obama||8/5/2010-Present||Kent Jordan||University of Delaware, 1991||Yale Law, 1996|
|Judge Richard G. Andrews||1955||Manchester, England||Obama||11/3/2011-Present||Joseph Farnan||Haverford College, B.A., 1977||University of California Berkley Law, J.D., 1981|
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 Judge Joseph Longobardi||Reagan||5/03/1984 - 6/14/1997||1989 - 1996||6/15/2007 - Present||Washington College, B.A., 1952||Temple U. Law, LL.B., 1957|
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 Judge Mary Pat Thynge||1992-2016||Miami University||Ohio Northern University|
|Magistrate Judge Christopher J. Burke||8/4/2011-Present||Georgetown University||University of Michigan|
|Magistrate Judge Sherry R. Fallon||4/25/2012 - Present||University of Pennsylvania, 1983||Delaware Law School of Widener University, J.D., 1986|
The District of Delaware 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*|
|Year||Starting case load:||Cases filed:||Total cases:||Cases terminated:||Remaining cases:||Median time (Criminal)**:||Median time (Civil)**:||Three-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.
For a searchable list of opinions, please see Opinions of the District of Delaware.
| • Sex tourist case (2010)|
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|Judge Sleet presided in the trial of Thomas Pendelton who was found guilty of traveling out of the nation to have sex with an underage girl. On February 3, 2010, he sentenced Pendelton to thirty years in prison, ten more than what the federal guidelines required. The judge felt the sentence would protect children from "further acts of depravity."|
| • Delaware River dredging case (2009)|
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|Judge Robinson was the judge presiding in the case of the required dredging of the Delaware River. On December 9, 2009, the judge found that the State of Delaware was not granted an injunction to block the Army Corps of Engineers to begin the dredging of the Delaware River. The judge criticized the State for using stall tactics to block a project, according to the ruling, that was supposed to begin in 2004. On January 27, 2010, Judge Robinson denied an injunction from the State of Delaware from requiring the Army Corps of Engineers to get permits from the state in order to deepen a channel in the Delaware River which is part of a dredging project. The State wanted a permit process to examine environmental impacts, but the judge denied the injunction on the basis of a 1992 law passed by Congress that would allow for the dredging project to happen. There is no word if attorneys representing the State of Delaware plan to appeal the ruling to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia.|
The District of Delaware was established by Congress on September 24, 1789 with one post to cover the entire state. Over time three additional judicial posts were added to the court for a total of four current posts.
The following table highlights the development of judicial posts for the District of Delaware:
|September 24, 1789||1 Stat. 73||1|
|July 24, 1946||60 Stat. 654||2(1 temporary)|
|September 5, 1950||64 Stat. 578||2|
|February 10, 1954||68 Stat. 8||3|
|July 10, 1984||98 Stat. 333||4|
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.
For more information about the judges of the District of Delaware, see former federal judges of the District of Delaware.
There is one federal courthouses that serves the District of Maryland.
- US District Court for District of Deleware
- Judges of the District of Delaware
- US Attorney's Office for the District of Delaware
- Opinions of the District of Delaware
- Offices of the United States Attorneys, Official list
- Philadelphia Inquirer, "Judge throws book at pedophile ‘sex tourist," February 3, 2010
- Delaware Online, "Delaware River dredging: Judge says Del. dragged its feet," December 9, 2009 (dead link)
- BusinessWeek, "Request to block Delaware River dredging denied," January 28, 2010
- Cape Gazette, "Corps to begin dredging", February 2, 2010
- History of the District of Delaware from the Federal Judicial Center
- United States Courts, "Frequently Asked Questions"
- United States Courts, "On Being Chief Judge," February 2009
|Magistrate judges||Mary Pat Thynge • Christopher J. Burke • Sherry R. Fallon •|
|Former Article III judges||
Joseph Farnan • Gunning Bedford • John Fisher (Delaware) • Willard Hall • Edward Green Bradford • Leonard Eugene Wales • Walter Stapleton • Jane Roth • Kent Jordan • Edward Green Bradford II • Hugh Martin Morris • John Percy Nields • James Latchum • Caleb Layton • Paul Leahy • Roderick McKelvie • Richard Rodney • Edwin Steel • Caleb Wright • Murray Schwartz •
|Former Chief judges|