United States District Court for the District of Delaware

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District of Delaware
Third Circuit
Judges: 4
Posts: 4
Vacancies: 0
Active judges
Chief: Greg Sleet
Senior Judges
Magistrate Judges
Chief Magistrate: Mary Thynge
Former Judges
(Numbers indicate % of seats vacant.)
More than 40%

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.

The United States Attorney for the District of Delaware represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court. The current district attorney is Charles M. Oberly, III.[1]

Vacancy warning level

The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania's vacancy warning level is green. The court currently has no current vacancies.

Pending nominations

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

Active judges

Article III judges

JudgeBornHomeAppointed byActiveChiefPreceededBachelorsLaw
Chief judge Greg Sleet1951New York, NYClinton 4/30/1998 - Present2007 - PresentJoseph LongobardiHampton U., B.A., 1973Rutgers U. Law, J.D., 1976
Judge Sue Robinson1952Mount Carmel, ILH.W. Bush 11/18/1991 - Present2000 - 2007Jane RothUniversity of Delaware, B.A., 1974University of Pennsylvania Law, J.D., 1978
Judge Leonard Stark1969Detroit, MIObama 8/5/2010-PresentKent JordanUniversity of Delaware, 1991Yale Law, 1996
Judge Richard G. Andrews1955Manchester, EnglandObama 11/3/2011-PresentJoseph FarnanHaverford College, B.A., 1977University 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 judges

JudgeAppointed byActiveChiefSeniorBachelorsLaw
Senior Judge Joseph LongobardiReagan 5/03/1984 - 6/14/19971989 - 19966/15/2007 - PresentWashington College, B.A., 1952Temple 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 judges

Magistrate Judge Mary Pat Thynge1992-2016Miami UniversityOhio Northern University
Magistrate Judge Christopher J. Burke8/4/2011-PresentGeorgetown UniversityUniversity of Michigan
Magistrate Judge Sherry R. Fallon4/25/2012 - PresentUniversity of Pennsylvania, 1983Delaware Law School of Widener University, J.D., 1986


The Counties of Delaware (click for larger map)

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.

The jurisdiction of the District of Delaware consists of all the counties in the State of Delaware. The court's headquarters are in Wilmington.




Federal Court Caseload Statistics*
YearStarting case load:Cases filed:Total cases:Cases terminated:Remaining cases:Median time (Criminal)**:Median time (Civil)**:Three-year civil cases#:Vacant posts:## Trials/Post
2013 2172244946211745 28769.47.6269 (10.1%)019
2012 1864185337171521 21969.48.6229 (11.4%)1.122
2011 1660145631161245 18718.19227 (13.3%)1220
2010 1523130428271159 16688.99.8223 (14.9%)12.122
2009 1513127127841260 15249.18.3229 (17.2%)1229
2008 1544121927631236 15278.511.2175 (13.8%)1226
200715011084258598715988.512.5108 (8.2%)9.521
*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 a searchable list of opinions, please see Opinions of the District of Delaware.


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.[6]

Judicial posts

The following table highlights the development of judicial posts for the District of Delaware:[6]

Year Statute Total Seats
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.[7][8]

Former judges

For more information about the judges of the District of Delaware, see former federal judges of the District of Delaware.

Federal courthouse

There is one federal courthouses that serves the District of Maryland.

See also

External links