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.)
Appeals to Ninth Circuit
Established March 18, 1966
Judges assigned 6
Chief judge Morrison C. England Jr.
Official site
The Robert E. Coyle United States Courthouse is the building housing the Eastern District of California, Fresno Division, Federal Courts.

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California (in case citations, E.D. Cal.) is composed of six divisions.

The Bakersfield division has jurisdiction over certain cases in Inyo and Kern counties and on federal lands and National Parks. These cases are heard in courthouses in Bakersfield, Edwards Air Force Base, and Independence.

The Fresno division covers Calaveras, Fresno, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Stanislaus, Tulare, and Tuolumne counties.

The Redding/Susanville office hears misdemeanors and petty crimes for federal lands and National Parks in four locations: Alturas, Chester, Herlong, and Redding.

The Sacramento division covers: 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 counties.

The South Lake Tahoe office hears misdemeanors and petty crimes for federal lands and National Parks.

The Yosemite office hears misdemeanors and petty crimes for Yosemite National Park.

Cases from the Eastern District of California are appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for 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).

History[edit]

California was admitted as a state on September 9, 1850, and was initially divided into two districts, the Northern and the Southern, by Act of Congress approved September 28, 1850, 9 Stat. 521.[1] The boundary line was at the 37th parallel of North Latitude.[2] The Southern District of California was abolished and the State made to constitute a single district – the United States District Court for the District of California – by Act of Congress approved July 27, 1866, 14 Stat. 300.[1][2] Twenty years later, on August 5, 1886, Congress re-created the Southern District of California by 24 Stat. 308,[2] but it was not until March 18, 1966, that the Eastern and Central Districts were created from portions of the Northern and Southern Districts by 80 Stat. 75.[1]

Current judges[edit]

  • Currently, a vacancy exists due to former Chief Judge Anthony W. Ishii's decision to take senior status on October 31, 2012. A nominee has not yet been named to fill this vacancy.
# 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
5 Senior Judge Lawrence K. Karlton Sacramento 1935 1979–2000 1983–1990 2000–present Carter
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

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

Succession of seats[edit]

US Attorney[edit]

The current U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of California is Benjamin B. Wagner, who was appointed by the Obama administration.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c U.S. District Courts of California, Legislative history, Federal Judicial Center.
  2. ^ a b c Willoughby Rodman, History of the Bench and Bar of Southern California (1909), p. 46.
  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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