United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
|United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana|
|Location||Robert A. Grant Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse|
|Appeals to||Seventh Circuit|
|Established||April 21, 1928|
|Chief Judge||Theresa Lazar Springmann|
|Officers of the court|
|U.S. Attorney||Thomas Kirsch|
|U.S. Marshal||Todd L. Nukes|
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.
Thomas Kirsch was confirmed as the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana on October 3, 2017.
The United States District Court for the District of Indiana was established on March 3, 1817, by 3 Stat. 390. The District was subdivided into Northern and Southern Districts on April 21, 1928, by 45 Stat. 437. Of all district courts to be subdivided, Indiana existed for the longest time as a single court, 111 years.
Divisions of the Northern District
- Fort Wayne: Adams County, Allen County, Blackford County, DeKalb County, Grant County, Huntington County, Jay County, LaGrange County, Noble County, Steuben County, Wells County, and Whitley County.
- Hammond: Lake County and Porter County.
- Lafayette: Benton County, Carroll County, Jasper County, Newton County, Tippecanoe County, Warren County and White County.
- South Bend: Cass County, Elkhart County, Fulton County, Kosciusko County, LaPorte County, Marshall County, Miami County, Pulaski County, St. Joseph County, Starke County and Wabash County.
|#||Title||Judge||Duty station||Born||Term of service||Appointed by|
|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|
|17||District Judge||Jon DeGuilio||South Bend||1955||2010–present||—||—||Obama|
|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|
|16||Senior Judge||Joseph S. Van Bokkelen||Hammond||1943||2007–2017||—||2017–present||G.W. Bush|
Vacancies and pending nominations
|Seat||Seat last held by||Vacancy reason||Date of vacancy||Nominee||Date of nomination|
|5||Robert Lowell Miller Jr.||Senior Status||January 11, 2016||Damon R. Leichty||January 23, 2019|
|3||Joseph S. Van Bokkelen||September 29, 2017||Holly A. Brady|
|#||Judge||State||Born–died||Active service||Chief Judge||Senior status||Appointed by||Reason for|
|1||Thomas Whitten Slick||IN||1869–1959||1928–1943||—||—||Coolidge||retirement|
|2||Luther Merritt Swygert||IN||1905–1988||1943–1961||1954–1961||—||F. Roosevelt||appointment to 7th Cir.|
|3||William Lynn Parkinson||IN||1902–1959||1954–1957||—||—||Eisenhower||appointment to 7th Cir.|
|4||Robert A. Grant||IN||1905–1998||1957–1972||1961–1972||1972–1998||Eisenhower||death|
|5||George N. Beamer||IN||1904–1974||1962–1974||1972–1974||—||Kennedy||death|
|6||Jesse E. Eschbach||IN||1920–2005||1962–1981||1974–1981||—||Kennedy||appointment to 7th Cir.|
|8||Phil McClellan McNagny Jr.||IN||1924–1981||1976–1981||—||—||Ford||death|
|10||Michael Stephen Kanne||IN||1938–present||1982–1987||—||—||Reagan||appointment to 7th Cir.|
Chief judges have administrative responsibilities with respect to their district court. Unlike the Supreme Court, where one justice is specifically nominated to be chief, the office of chief judge rotates among the district court judges. To be chief, 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 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.
When the office was created in 1948, the chief judge was the longest-serving judge who had not elected to retire on what has since 1958 been known as senior status or declined to serve as chief judge. After August 6, 1959, judges could not become or remain chief after turning 70 years old. The current rules have been in operation since October 1, 1982.
Succession of seats
List of U.S. Attorneys since 1928
- Oliver Mullins Loomis 1928–1933
- James R. Fleming 1933–1941
- Alexander M. Campbell 1941–1949
- Gilmore Haynie 1949–1953
- Joseph H. Lesh 1953–1954
- Phil M. McNagny Jr. 1954–1958
- Kenneth C. Raub 1959–1962
- Philip C. Potts 1962
- Alfred Moellering 1962–1970
- William C. Lee 1970–1973
- John R. Wilks 1973–1977
- David T. Ready 1977–1981
- R. Lawrence Steel Jr. 1981–1985
- James G. Richmond 1985–1991
- John F. Hoehner 1991–1993
- Jon DeGuilio 1993–1999
- Joseph S. Van Bokkelen 2001–2007
- David A. Capp 2007–2017
- Thomas Kirsch 2017–
- Asbury Dickens, A Synoptical Index to the Laws and Treaties of the United States of America (1852), p. 392.
- U.S. District Courts of Indiana, Legislative history, Federal Judicial Center.
- Initially appointed to the District of Indiana in 1925 by Calvin Coolidge; reassigned to the Northern District of Indiana in 1928.