United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas
- 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 Western District of Arkansas is one of ninety-four United States district courts. It is further subdivided into six divisions. The district has courthouses in El Dorado, Fayetteville, Fort Smith, Harrison, Hot Springs and Texarkana, Arkansas. 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 Western District of Arkansas.
Article III judges
|Chief judge Paul K. Holmes||1951||Newport, AR||Obama||2/8/2011 - Present||2012 - Present||Robert Dawson||Westminster College, B.A., 1973||University of Arkansas School of Law, J.D., 1978|
|Judge Susan Hickey||1955||Dallas, TX||Obama||10/19/2011 - Present||Harry Barnes||University of Arkansas, B.A., 1977||University of Arkansas Law, J.D., 1981|
|Judge Timothy Brooks||1964||Fayetteville, Arkansas||Obama||3/5/2014-Present||Jimm Hendren||University of Arkansas, B.S.B.A, 1986||University of Arkansas School of 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 Jimm Hendren||H.W. Bush||3/18/1992 - 12/31/2012||1997 - 2012||12/31/2012 - Present||University of Arkansas, B.A., 1964||University of Arkansas School of Law, LL.B., 1965|
|Senior Judge Robert Dawson||Clinton||4/7/1998 - 8/14/2009||8/14/2009 - Present||University of Arkansas, B.A., 1960||University of Arkansas School of Law, LL.B., 1965|
|Senior Federal Judge Harry Barnes||Clinton||11/22/1993 - 11/1/2008||11/1/2008 - Present||United States Naval Academy, 1956||University of Arkansas School of Law, 1964|
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 Barry Bryant||02/19/2007 - Present|
|Magistrate Judge Erin Setser||10/05/209 - Present||University of Arkansas, B.A., 1991||University of Arkansas Law, J.D., 1994|
|Magistrate judge Mark E. Ford||1/2015-2023||University of Nebraska at Lincoln, 1982||University of Arkansas, 1985|
The Western District of Arkansas has original jurisdiction over cases filed within its jurisdiction. These cases can include civil and criminal matters that fall under federal law.
There are six court divisions, each covering the following 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-Western District of Arkansas.
The District of Arkansas was organized by Congress on June 15, 1836 with one post to cover the entire state. The district court in Arkansas was not yet assigned to a judicial circuit, and thus had 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 March 3, 1851, statute 5 Stat. 176, 177 divided the federal judiciary into nine circuits. This act assigned the district of Arkansas over to the Ninth Circuit,and repealed the district court of Arkansas's right to exercise the trial jurisdiction of a United States circuit court. The act established annual sessions of the U.S. circuit court in the district of Arkansas. Statute 5 Stat. 680 on June 17, 1844, extended the jurisdiction of the district of Arkansas over Indian territory previously annexed to the Territory of Arkansas.
Statute 9 Stat. 594 on March 3, 1851, divided the State of Arkansas into two judicial districts, known as the Eastern and the Western, with one judgeship serving both. The Indian territory was under the jurisdiction of the Western District of Arkansas, while the Eastern District remained in the Ninth Circuit and the Western District of Arkansas was granted that same jurisdiction as the United States circuit courts.
On July 23, 1866, Congress assigned Arkansas to the Sixth Circuit, and then to the Eighth Circuit by July 15, 1862. After this, a judgeship was authorized to the Western District on March 3, 1871, and the judgeship previously assigned to serve both districts was made into a judgeship for the Eastern District only.
In 1889, the U.S. circuit court for the Western District of Arkansas was established by statute.
Over time two additional judicial posts were added for a total of three posts.
The following table highlights the development of judicial posts for the Western District of Arkansas:
|June 15, 1836||5 Stat. 50, 51||1|
|March 3, 1851||9 Stat. 594||1|
|March 3, 1871||16 Stat. 471||2|
|May 31, 1938||52 Stat. 584||3|
|May 19, 1961||75 Stat. 80||4|
|July 10, 1984||98 Stat. 333||4 (1 temporary)|
|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 the judges of the Western District of Arkansas, see former federal judges of the Western District of Arkansas.
Six separate courthouses serve the Western District of Arkansas.
- United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas
- Opinions of the Western District of Arkansas
|Magistrate judges||Barry Bryant • Erin Setser • Mark E. Ford •|
|Former Article III judges||
Susan Carter • Richard Arnold (Arkansas) • Terry Shell • Morris Arnold • Daniel Ringo • Hugh Waters • Henry Clay Caldwell • Isaac Charles Parker • William Story • John Henry Rogers • Frank Youmans • Heartsill Ragon • Harry Lemley • John Elvis Miller • Oren Harris • Jesse Henley • George Howard • Elsijane Roy • Paul Williams •
|Former Chief judges|