United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa
- 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 Iowa is one of ninety-four United States district courts. It is headquartered in Des Moines, with satellite facilities in Council Bluffs and Davenport. When decisions of the court are appealed, they are appealed to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals based in St. Louis at the Thomas F. Eagleton Federal Courthouse and Building.
Vacancy warning level
There are no pending nominations for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa.
Article III judges
|Judge John Jarvey||1956||Minneapolis, MN||W. Bush||3/14/2007 - Present||Ronald Longstaff||University of Akron, B.S., 1978||Drake U. School of Law, J.D., 1981|
|Judge Stephanie Rose||1972||Topeka, KS||Obama||9/10/2012 - Present||Robert Pratt||University of Iowa, B.A., 1994||University of Iowa Law, J.D., 1996|
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 Robert Pratt||Clinton||May 27, 1997 - 7/1/2012||2006 - 2011||7/1/2012 - Present||Loras College, B.A., 1969||Creighton U. School of Law, J.D., 1972|
|Senior Judge Charles Wolle||Reagan||8/6/1987 - 10/16/2001||1992 - 2001||10/16/2001 - Present||Harvard College, A.B., 1959||University of Iowa College of Law, J.D., 1961|
|Senior Judge James Gritzner||W. Bush||2/19/2002-3/1/2015||2011-2015||3/1/2015-Present||Dakota Wesleyan University, 1969||Drake University Law School, 1979|
|Senior Judge Ronald Longstaff||H.W. Bush||11/5/1991 - 11/5/2006||2001 - 2006||11/5/2006 - Present||Kansas State College, 1962||University of Iowa College of Law, 1965|
|Senior Judge Harold Vietor||Carter||5/11/1979-12/29/1996||1985-1992||12/29/1996-Present||University of Iowa, 1955||University of Iowa College of Law, 1958|
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 Celeste Bremer||1985 - Present|
|Magistrate judge Stephen B. Jackson, Jr.||2/2015-Present||University of Notre Dame, 1988||University of Iowa, 1991|
|Magistrate Judge Helen C. Adams||2/13/2014-Present||University of Iowa, B.S., 1985||University of Iowa, J.D., 1988|
The Southern District of Iowa has original jurisdiction over cases filed within its jurisdiction. These cases can include civil and criminal matters that fall under federal law.
There are three court divisions, each covering the following counties:
The Central Division, covering Adair, Adams, Appanoose, Boone, Clarke, Dallas, Davis, Decatur, Greene, Guthrie, Jasper, Jefferson, Keokuk, Lucas, Madison, Mahaska, Marion, Monroe, Polk, Poweshiek, Ringgold, Story, Taylor, Union, Wapello, Warren and Wayne counties
|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 Justia.com-Dockets and Filings-Southern District of Iowa.
| • Judge approves Federal government’s request to seize pension (2012)|
Judge(s):Robert Pratt (US v. Cunningham, US 09-1037)
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|In June 2012, Judge Robert Pratt granted the federal government’s petition to seize the $2,700 monthly pension of Ramona Cunningham. Cunningham was convicted in 2008 of facilitating the misspending of about $2.5 million of Iowa public funds. That amount was spent on excessive salaries and bonuses for administrators of the Central Iowa Employment and Training Consortium between 2003 and 2006. Judge Pratt ruled that the full 100% of Cunningham’s pension can be seized by the federal government while she is in prison, but that it would have be reduced to 25% upon her release. The money will be put towards the $1.65 million restitution that she and a co-defendant have been ordered to pay. Cummingham’s attorneys resisted any move by the government to seize her pension.|
The District of Iowa was established by Congress on March 3, 1845 with one post to cover the entire state. Since the District of Iowa was not yet assigned to a judicial circuit, it was 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.
On July 15, 1862, Statute 12 Stat. 576 repealed the circuit court jurisdiction of the District of Iowa and instead established a United States circuit court in the district, and then assigned the district over to the Ninth Circuit. Statute 14 Stat. 209 on July 23, 1866, reorganized the circuits and assigned the District of Iowa to the Eighth Circuit.
The State of Iowa was divided into two circuits, the Northern and the Southern, on July 20, 1882 by statute 22 Stat. 172. One judgeship was assigned to each district. Over time two additional judicial posts were added for a total of three current posts.
The following table highlights the development of judicial posts for the Southern District of Iowa:
|March 3, 1845||5 Stat. 789||1|
|July 20, 1882||22 Stat. 172||1|
|January 19, 1928||45 Stat. 52||2 (1 temporary)|
|May 19, 1961||75 Stat. 80||2 (1 temporary)|
|October 20, 1978||92 Stat. 1629||3 (1 temporary)|
|December 1, 1990||104 Stat. 5089||3 (1 temporary)|
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 Iowa, see former federal judges of the Southern District of Iowa.
Five separate courthouses serve the Southern District of Iowa.
- Southern District website
- US Attorney for the Southern District
- Judges of the Southern District of Iowa
- Opinions of the Southern District of Iowa
- Offices of the United States Attorneys, "Official list," accessed April 21, 2014
- Bloomberg Businessweek, "Judge: Feds can seize pension of former Iowa jobs agency executive blamed for spending scandal," June 12, 2012
- Quad-City Times, "Judge: Feds can seize pension of former Iowa jobs agency executive blamed for spending scandal," June 11, 2012 (dead link)
- The Republic, "Judge: Feds can seize pension of former Iowa jobs agency executive blamed for spending scandal," June 11, 2012
- History of the Southern District of Iowa from the Federal Judicial Center accessed April 21, 2014
- United States Courts, "Frequently Asked Questions"
- United States Courts, "On Being Chief Judge," February 2009
|Magistrate judges||Celeste Bremer • Stephen B. Jackson, Jr. • Helen C. Adams •|
|Former Article III judges||
James M. Love • John Simson Woolson • Smith McPherson • Martin Joseph Wade • Charles Almon Dewey • William Stuart • William Hanson • Edwin Hicklin • Roy Stephenson • Carroll Switzer • William F. Riley •
|Former Chief judges|