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%

The United States District Court for the District of Wyoming is the United States district court with jurisdiction in the State of Wyoming. It is one of ninety-four federal district courts. The district operates out of courthouses in Mammoth, Casper, Jackson and Cheyenne, Utah.

The United States Attorney for the District of Wyoming represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court. The current district attorney is Christopher A. Crofts.[1]

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.

Vacancy warning level

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

Pending nominations

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

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, NE 11/3/2011-PresentWilliam F. DownesUniversity of Wyoming, 1989University of Wyoming School of Law, 1992
Chief Judge Nancy D. Freudenthal1954Cody, WY 5/6/2010-Present2011-PresentClarence BrimmerUniversity of Wyoming, 1976University of Wyoming Law, 1980

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

No senior judges.

Magistrate judges

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


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, including those portions of Yellowstone National Park situated in Montana and Idaho. The court has locations in Cheyenne, Mammoth, Jackson and Casper.

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.




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 6187281346621 7254.910.85 (1.9%)017
2012 7346101344727 6175.285 (1.9%)1.119
2011 7038151518781 73758.65 (1.5%)2.221
2010 6947831477774 7035.29.26 (2.1%)7.125
2009 7197871506810 6965.810.811 (3.6%)1218
2008 7066721378671 7077.37.812 (3.6%)1220
20076586821340781559712.413 (4.1%)1217
*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 Wyoming.


Court history

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

Judicial posts

The following table highlights the development of judicial posts for the District of Wyoming:[2]

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

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.[3][4]

Former judges

For more information on the judges of the District of Wyoming, see former federal judges of the District of Wyoming.

See also

External links