United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington
- 1 Vacancy warning level
- 2 Active judges
- 3 Jurisdiction
- 4 Caseloads
- 5 Notable cases
- 6 History
- 7 See also
- 8 External links
- 9 References
The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington is one of ninety-four United States district courts. It has jurisdiction over the cities of Richland, Spokane and Yakima. When decisions of the court are appealed, they are appealed to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals based in downtown San Francisco at the James R. Browning Federal Courthouse, but hears initial appeals at the Pioneer Federal Courthouse in Portland, Oregon.
Vacancy warning level
There are no pending nominations for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington.
Article III judges
|Chief Judge Rosanna Peterson||1951||Salt Lake City, Utah||Obama||1/26/2010-Present||2011-Present||Frederick Van Sickle||University of North Dakota School, 1977||University of North Dakota School of Law, 1991|
|Judge Thomas Rice||1960||Spokane, WA||3/6/2012-Present||Robert Whaley||Gonzaga University, 1983||Gonzaga University Law, 1983|
|Judge Sal Mendoza, Jr.||1971||Pacoima, California||Obama||6/17/2014-Present||Lonny Suko||University of Washington, 1994||UCLA School of Law, 1997|
|Judge Stanley Bastian||1958||Wenatchee, Washington||Obama||5/1/2014-Present||University of Oregon, B.S., 1980||University of Washington Law, J.D., 1983|
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 Whaley||Clinton||6/30/1995 - 7/12/2009||2005 - 2009||7/12/2009 - Present||Princeton University 1965||Emory University School of Law, 1968|
|Senior Judge Justin Quackenbush||Carter||6/18/1980 - 6/27/1995||1989 - 1995||6/27/1995 - Present||University of Idaho, B.A., 1951||Gonzaga U. School of Law, LL.B., 1957|
|Senior Judge William Nielsen||H.W. Bush||5/14/1991 - 5/30/2003||1995 - 2000||5/30/2003 - Present||University of Washington, B.A., 1956||University of Washington School of Law, LL.B., 1962|
|Senior Judge Frederick Van Sickle||H.W. Bush||5/14/1991 - 5/1/2008||2000 - 2005||5/1/2008 - Present||University of Wisconsin, B.S., 1965||University of Washington School of Law, J.D., 1968|
|Senior Judge Edward Shea||Clinton||4/8/1998-6/7/2012||6/7/2012-Present||Boston State College, B.S.Ed., 1965||Georgetown U. Law Center, J.D., 1970|
|Senior Judge Lonny Suko||W. Bush||7/16/2003-11/1/2013||2009-2011||11/1/2013-Present||Washington State U., B.A., 1965||University of Idaho College of Law, J.D., 1968|
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 James Hutton||1/14/2008-Present||University of Washington, B.A., 1972||Gonzaga University School of Law, J.D., 1976|
|Magistrate Judge John T. Rodgers||9/1/2013 - Present||University of Washington, 1975||Gonzaga U. Law, 1978|
The Eastern District of Washington has original jurisdiction over cases filed within its jurisdiction. These cases can include civil and criminal matters that fall under federal law.
The geographic jurisdiction of the Eastern District of Washington consists of all the following counties in the eastern part of the state of Washington. The court's headquarters are in Spokane, with courthouses in Yakima and Richland.
- Adams County
- Asotin County
- Benton County
- Chelan County
- Columbia County
- Douglas County
- Ferry County
- Franklin County
- Garfield County
- Grant County
- Kittitas County
- Klickitat County
- Lincoln County
- Okanogan County
- Pend Oreille County
- Spokane County
- Stevens County
- Walla Walla County
- Whitman County
- Yakima 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 Justia.com Dockets and Filings.
The State of Washington was established by Congress as one judicial district on April 5, 1890 with one post to cover the entire state and it was assigned over to the Ninth Circuit. On March 2, 1905, the State of Washington was divided into two judicial districts, the Eastern District and the Western District, with a post assigned to each. The post existing before the division was assigned over to the Western District. Over time three additional judicial posts were added for a total of four current posts.
The following table highlights the development of judicial posts for the Eastern District of Washington:
|April 5, 1890||26 Stat. 45||1|
|March 2, 1905||33 Stat. 824||1|
|January 20, 1940||63 Stat. 493||1|
|May 19, 1961||75 Stat. 80||1|
|October 20, 1978||92 Stat. 1629||2|
|July 10, 1984||98 Stat. 333||3|
|December 1, 1990||104 Stat. 5089||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 on the judges of the Eastern District of Washington, see former federal judges of the Eastern District of Washington.
Three separate courthouses serve the Eastern District of Washington.
- United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- News: Federal Courts, Empty Benches:The Wednesday Vacancy Count 3/7/2012, March 7, 2012
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington Official Website
- United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington Official Website
- Opinions of the Eastern District of Washington
- Judges of the Eastern District of Washington (dead link)
|Magistrate judges||James Hutton • John T. Rodgers •|
|Former Article III judges||
Edward Whitson • Frank Rudkin • John Stanley Webster • Lloyd Black • Samuel Driver • William Goodwin • William Lindberg • Alan McDonald • Robert McNichols • Marshall Neill • Charles Powell • Lewis Schwellenbach • Jack Tanner •
|Former Chief judges|
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