United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia
- 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 Northern District of West Virginia is one of ninety-four United States district courts. When decisions of the court are appealed, they are appealed to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals based in downtown Richmond, Virginia at the Lewis F. Powell Federal Courthouse.
The United States Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court. The current district attorney is William J. Ihlenfeld, II.
Vacancy warning level
There are no pending nominations for the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia.
Article III judges
|Chief Judge John Bailey (West Virginia)||1951||Wheeling, WV||W. Bush||03/19/2007 - Present||2008 - Present||Frederick Stamp||Dartmouth College, A.B., 1973||West Virginia U. Law, J.D., 1976|
|Judge Irene Keeley||1944||Brooklyn, NY||H.W. Bush||08/12/1992 - Present||2001 - 2008||New Seat|104 Stat. 5089||College of Notre Dame of Maryland, B.A., 1965||West Virginia U. Law, J.D., 1980|
|Judge Gina Marie Groh||1964||Hagerstown, MD||Obama||3/15/2012 - Present||W. Craig Broadwater||Shepherd U., B.S., 1986||West Virginia U. Law, J.D., 1989|
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 Frederick Stamp||H.W. Bush||07/12/1990 - 10/31/2006||1994 - 2001||11/01/2006 - Present||Washington and Lee U., B.A., 1956||University of Richmond, T.C. Williams School of Law, LL.B., 1959|
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 David Joel|
|Magistrate Judge John Kaull||9/29/2001-Present||West Virginia University||West Virginia University College of Law|
|Magistrate Judge James Seibert|
The Northern District of West Virginia has original jurisdiction over cases filed within its jurisdiction. These cases can include civil and criminal matters that fall under federal law.
- Barbour County
- Berkeley County
- Braxton County
- Brooke County
- Calhoun County
- Doddridge County
- Gilmer County
- Grant County
- Hampshire County
- Hancock County
- Hardy County
- Harrison County
- Jefferson County
- Lewis County
- Marion County
- Marshall County
- Mineral County
- Monongalia County
- Morgan County
- Ohio County
- Pendleton County
- Pleasants County
- Pocahontas County
- Preston County
- Randolph County
- Ritchie County
- Taylor County
- Tucker County
- Tyler County
- Upshur County
- Webster County
- Wetzel County
|Federal Court Caseload 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 judicial posts had spent vacant that year.
For a searchable list of opinions, please see Opinions of the Northern District of West Virginia.
The District of West Virginia was established by Congress on June 11, 1864, out of the Western District of Virginia with one post to cover the entire state. On January 22, 1901 Congress divided the district into the Northern District of West Virginia and Southern District of West Virginia with one post each. Over time two additional judicial posts were added to the Northern District of West Virginia for a total of three current posts.
The following table highlights the development of judicial posts for the Northern District of West Virginia:
|June 11, 1864||13 Stat. 124||1 (Whole state)|
|January 22, 1901||31 Stat. 736||1|
|June 22, 1936||49 Stat. 1805||2 (1 temporary shared)|
|February 10, 1954||68 Stat. 8||2 (1 shared)|
|January 14, 1983||96 Stat. 2601 (temporary reassigned)||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.
For more information about judges from the Northern District of West Virginia, see former federal judges of the Northern District of West Virginia.
There are four federal courthouses that serve the Southern District of West Virginia.
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia
- The United States Attorney's Office Northern District of West Virginia
- Opinions of the Northern District of West Virginia
- Judges of the Northern District of West Virginia
|Magistrate judges||David Joel • John Kaull • James Seibert •|
|Former Article III judges||
John Jay Jackson • Alston Gordon Dayton • Robert Maxwell • William Eli Baker • Harry Watkins • Herbert Boreman • W. Craig Broadwater • Sidney Christie • Charles Haden II • William Kidd • Charles Paul •
|Former Chief judges|
State of West Virginia
|State executive officers||
Governor | Lieutenant Governor | Attorney General | Secretary of State | Treasurer | State Auditor | Superintendent of Schools | Commissioner of Insurance | Commissioner of Agriculture | Director of Natural Resources | Commissioner of Labor | Chairman of Public Service Commission |