United States District Court for the Eastern District of California

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United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
(E.D. Cal.)
Seal of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
Appeals to Ninth Circuit
Established March 18, 1966
Judges assigned 6
Chief judge Morrison C. England Jr.
Official site

The United States District Court for the Eastern District of California (in case citations, E.D. Cal.) is a federal court in the Ninth Circuit (except for patent claims and claims against the U.S. government under the Tucker Act, which are appealed to the Federal Circuit).

The District was created on March 18, 1966 with the division of the Northern and Southern districts, leading to the creation of the Central and Eastern districts.[1]

The United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of California represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court. The current United States Attorney is Benjamin B. Wagner, who was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on November 5, 2009.

Organization of the court[edit]

The United States District Court for the Eastern District of California is one of four federal judicial districts in California.[2] Court for the District is held at the Robert E. Coyle U.S. Courthouse in Fresno and Robert T. Matsui U.S. Courthouse in Sacramento.

Fresno Division comprises the following counties: Calaveras, Fresno, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Stanislaus, Tulare, and Tuolumne.

Sacramento Division comprises the following counties: Alpine, Amador, Butte, Colusa, El Dorado, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Mono, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Solano, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Yolo, and Yuba.


Bakersfield Office hears misdemeanor and petty criminal offenses on federal lands and National Parks in Inyo and Kern counties. Court is held at Bakersfield, Edwards Air Force Base, and Ridgecrest.

Redding Office hears misdemeanor and petty criminal offenses on federal lands and National Parks in Northern California. Court is held at Sierra Army Depot, Redding, and Susanville.

Yosemite Office hears misdemeanor and petty criminal offenses in Yosemite National Park.

Current judges[edit]

# Title Judge Duty station Born Term of service Appointed by
Active Chief Senior
17 Chief Judge Morrison C. England Jr. Sacramento 1954 2002–present 2012–present G.W. Bush
18 District Judge Lawrence Joseph O'Neill Fresno 1952 2007–present G.W. Bush
19 District Judge John A. Mendez Sacramento 1955 2008–present G.W. Bush
20 District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller Sacramento 1957 2010–present Obama
21 District Judge Troy L. Nunley Sacramento 1964 2013–present Obama
22 District Judge vacant
12 Senior Judge William B. Shubb Sacramento 1938 1990–2004 1996–2003 2004–present G.H.W. Bush
14 Senior Judge Garland Ellis Burrell Jr. Sacramento 1947 1992–2012 2007–2008 2012–present G.H.W. Bush
15 Senior Judge Anthony W. Ishii Fresno 1946 1997–2012 2008–2012 2012–present Clinton

Vacancies and pending nominations[edit]

# Seat last held by Vacancy reason Date of vacancy Nominee Nominated
2 Ishii, Anthony W.Anthony W. Ishii Senior Status October 31, 2012 Dale A. Drozd November 12, 2014

Former judges[edit]

# Judge State Born/Died Active service Chief Judge Senior status Appointed by Reason for
termination
1 Myron Donovan Crocker CA 1914–2010 1966[3]–1981 1966–1967 1981–2010 Eisenhower death
2 Halbert, SherrillSherrill Halbert CA 1901–1991 1966[4]–1969 1969–1991 Eisenhower, Eisenhower death
3 MacBride, Thomas JamisonThomas Jamison MacBride CA 1914–2000 1966[5]–1979 1967–1979 1979–2000 Kennedy, Kennedy death
4 Wilkins, Philip CharlesPhilip Charles Wilkins CA 1913–1998 1969–1983 1979–1983 1983–1998 Nixon, Nixon death
6 Schwartz, Milton LewisMilton Lewis Schwartz CA 1920–2005 1979–1990 1990–2005 Carter, Carter death
7 Price, Edward DeanEdward Dean Price CA 1919–1997 1979–1989 1989–1997 Carter, Carter death
8 Ramirez, Raul AnthonyRaul Anthony Ramirez CA 1944–present 1980–1989 Carter, Carter resignation
9 Coyle, Robert EverettRobert Everett Coyle CA 1930–2012 1982–1996 1990–1996 1996–2006 Reagan death
10 Garcia, Edward J.Edward J. Garcia CA 1928–present 1984–1996 1996–2012 Reagan, Reagan retirement
11 Levi, David F.David F. Levi CA 1952–present 1990–2007 2003–2007 Bush, G.H.W.G.H.W. Bush resignation
13 Wanger, Oliver WinstonOliver Winston Wanger CA 1940–present 1991–2006 2006–2011 G.H.W. Bush retirement
16 Damrell Jr., Frank C.Frank C. Damrell Jr. CA 1938–present 1997–2008 2008–2011 Clinton retirement
5 Karlton, Lawrence K.Lawrence K. Karlton CA 1935–present 1979–2000 1983—1990 2000–2014 Carter retirement

Succession of seats[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.fjc.gov/history/home.nsf/page/courts_district_ca.html U.S. District Courts of California, Legislative history, Federal Judicial Center
  2. ^ 28 U.S.C. § 84
  3. ^ Initially appointed to the Southern District of California in 1959 by Dwight D. Eisenhower; reassigned to the Eastern District of California in 1966.
  4. ^ Initially appointed to the Northern District of California in 1954 by Dwight D. Eisenhower; reassigned to the Eastern District of California in 1966.
  5. ^ Initially appointed to the Northern District of California in 1961 by John F. Kennedy; reassigned to the Eastern District of California in 1966.

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