United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
- 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 Southern District of Illinois is one of ninety-four United States district courts. When decisions of the court are appealed, they are appealed to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals based in Chicago at the Everett M. Dirksen Federal Courthouse and Building.
Vacancy warning level
There are no pending nominations for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois.
Article III judges
|Chief judge David R. Herndon||1953||Sedalia, MO||Clinton||10/22/1998 - Present||2007 - Present||William Beatty||Southern Illinois U. at Edwardsville, B.A., 1974||Southern Illinois U. School of Law, J.D., 1977|
|Judge Michael Joseph Reagan||1954||Albuquerque, NM||Clinton||10/13/2000 - Present||Paul Riley||Bradley U., B.S., 1976||St. Louis U., J.D., 1980|
|Judge Nancy J. Rosenstengel||1968||Belleville, Illinois||Obama||5/8/2014-Present||Patrick G. Murphy||University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.A., 1990||Southern Illinois U. Law, J.D., 1993|
|Judge Staci Michelle Yandle||1961||Centerville, Illinois||Obama||6/17/2014-Present||John Gilbert||University of Illinois, 1983||Vanderbilt U., 1987|
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 John Gilbert||H.W. Bush||9/24/1992-3/15/2014||1993-2000||3/15/2014-Present||University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1971||Loyola U. Chicago School of Law, 1974|
|Senior Judge William Stiehl||Reagan||6/16/1986 - 11/30/1996||1992 - 1993||11/30/1996 - Present||Saint Louis U. School of Law, LL.B., 1949|
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 Philip Frazier||05/08/1987 - Present|
|Magistrate Judge Clifford Proud||04/07/1994 - Present||St. Louis U., A.B.||St. Louis U. Law, J.D.|
|Magistrate Judge Donald Wilkerson||01/04/2005 - Present||Illinois State U., B.S., 1973||St. Louis U. Law, J.D., 1993|
|Magistrate Judge Stephen C. Williams||7/2010-Present||Southern Illinois University Law, 1997|
The Southern District of Illinois has original jurisdiction over cases filed within its jurisdiction. These cases can include civil and criminal matters that fall under federal law.
There are two court divisions, each covering the following counties:
The Benton Division, covering Alexander, Clark, Clay, Crawford, Cumberland, Edwards, Effingham, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Johnson, Lawrence, Massac, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Richland, Saline, Union, Wabash, Wayne, White and Williamson counties.
|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 Justia.com-Dockets and Filings-Southern District of Illinois.
Illinois was established as one judicial district by Congress on March 3, 1819, with one post to cover the entire state. The district court was not yet assigned to a judicial circuit and was therefore granted the same jurisdiction as the United States circuit courts, excluding appeals and writs of error, which are the jurisdiction of the United States Supreme Court.
Congress repealed the circuit court jurisdiction of the U.S. District Court for the District of Illinois on March 3, 1837. Congress then established a United States circuit court within the district, and assigned it over to the Seventh Circuit.
Illinois divided into two judicial districts on February 13, 1855. The districts were known as the Northern District of Illinois and the Southern District of Illinois. One judgeship was assigned to each district and the District of Illinois was assigned over to the Northern District of Illinois.
The Eastern District of Illinois was established on March 3, 1905. One judgeship was authorized for the district court, as well as an additional judgeship to the Northern District of Illinois. Illinois was again reorganized into the Northern District of Illinois, the Central District of Illinois, and the Southern District of Illinois on October 2, 1978. Thirteen judgeships were assigned for the Northern District of Illinois, two for the Central District of Illinois, and two for the Southern District of Illinois. Over time two additional judicial posts were added for a total of four current posts.
The following table highlights the development of judicial posts for the Southern District of Illinois:
|March 3, 1819||3 Stat. 502||1|
|February 13, 1855||10 Stat. 606||1|
|February 20, 1931||46 Stat. 1196||2|
|October 2, 1978||92 Stat. 883||2|
|March 30, 1979||93 Stat. 6||2|
|July 10, 1984||98 Stat. 333||3|
|November 2, 2002||116 Stat. 1758||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 Southern District of Illinois, see former federal judges of the Southern District of Illinois.
Two separate courthouses serve the Southern District of Illinois.
- Official Website of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
- Official Website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Illinois
- Judges of the Southern District of Illinois
- Opinions of the Southern District of Illinois
|Magistrate judges||Philip Frazier • Clifford Proud • Donald Wilkerson • Stephen C. Williams •|
|Former Article III judges||
Patrick G. Murphy • James Foreman • William Juergens • William Beatty • Robert Morgan • Samuel Hubbel Treat • William Joshua Allen • J. Otis Humphrey • Louis FitzHenry • Charles Guy Briggle • James Earl Major • Jackson Adair • James Ackerman • Frederick Mercer • Omer Poos • Paul Riley • Harlington Wood •
|Former Chief judges|
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