United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana

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United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
(N.D. Ind.)
Appeals to Seventh Circuit
Established April 21, 1928
Judges assigned 5
Chief Judge Theresa Lazar Springmann
Official court website
The E. Ross Adair Federal Building, seat of the Fort Wayne division of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana (in case citations, N.D. Ind.) was created in 1928 by an act of Congress that split Indiana into two separate districts, northern and southern. As part of the act, the Northern District was divided into three divisions, South Bend, Fort Wayne and Hammond (which has a sub-office in Lafayette). Appeals from this court are taken to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (except for patent claims and claims against the U.S. government under the Tucker Act, which are appealed to the Federal Circuit). The court has eight judges and four magistrate judges.

The current Acting United States Attorney is Clifford D. Johnson since March 11, 2017.


The United States District Court for the District of Indiana was established on March 3, 1817, by 3 Stat. 390.[1][2] The District was subdivided into Northern and Southern Districts on April 21, 1928, by 45 Stat. 437.[2] Of all district courts to be subdivided, Indiana existed for the longest time as a single court, 111 years.

Divisions of the Northern District[edit]

Current judges[edit]

# Title Judge Duty station Born Term of service Appointed by
Active Chief Senior
15 Chief Judge Theresa Lazar Springmann Fort Wayne 1956 2003–present 2017–present G.W. Bush
14 District Judge Philip P. Simon Hammond 1962 2003–present 2010–2017 G.W. Bush
16 District Judge Joseph S. Van Bokkelen Hammond 1943 2007–present G.W. Bush
17 District Judge Jon DeGuilio South Bend 1955 2010–present Obama
18 District Judge vacant
9 Senior Judge William Charles Lee Fort Wayne 1938 1981–2003 1997–2003 2003–present Reagan
11 Senior Judge James Tyne Moody Hammond 1938 1982–2003 2003–present Reagan
12 Senior Judge Robert Lowell Miller Jr. South Bend 1950 1985–2016 2003–2010 2016–present Reagan
13 Senior Judge Rodolfo Lozano Hammond 1942 1988–2007 2007–present Reagan

Vacancies and pending nominations[edit]

Seat Seat last held by Vacancy reason Date of vacancy Nominee Date of nomination
5 Robert Lowell Miller Jr. Senior Status January 11, 2015
3 Joseph S. Van Bokkelen Senior Status September 29, 2017[3]

Former judges[edit]

# Judge State Born–died Active service Chief Judge Senior status Appointed by Reason for
1 Slick, Thomas WhittenThomas Whitten Slick IN 1869–1959 1928[4]–1943 Coolidge, Coolidge retirement
2 Swygert, Luther MerrittLuther Merritt Swygert IN 1905–1988 1943–1961 1954–1961 Roosevelt, F.F. Roosevelt appointment to 7th Cir.
3 Parkinson, William LynnWilliam Lynn Parkinson IN 1902–1959 1954–1957 Eisenhower, Eisenhower appointment to 7th Cir.
4 Grant, Robert A.Robert A. Grant IN 1905–1998 1957–1972 1961–1972 1972–1998 Eisenhower, Eisenhower death
5 Beamer, George N.George N. Beamer IN 1904–1974 1962–1974 1972–1974 Kennedy, Kennedy death
6 Eschbach, Jesse E.Jesse E. Eschbach IN 1920–2005 1962–1981 1974–1981 Kennedy, Kennedy appointment to 7th Cir.
7 Sharp, AllenAllen Sharp IN 1932–2009 1973–2007 1981–1996 2007–2009 Nixon, Nixon death
8 McNagny Jr., Phil McClellanPhil McClellan McNagny Jr. IN 1924–1981 1976–1981 Ford, Ford death
10 Kanne, Michael StephenMichael Stephen Kanne IN 1938–present 1982–1987 Reagan, Reagan appointment to 7th Cir.

Succession of seats[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Asbury Dickens, A Synoptical Index to the Laws and Treaties of the United States of America (1852), p. 392.
  2. ^ a b U.S. District Courts of Indiana, Legislative history, Federal Judicial Center.
  3. ^ Future Judicial Vacancies
  4. ^ Initially appointed to the District of Indiana in 1925 by Calvin Coolidge; reassigned to the Northern District of Indiana in 1928.

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