United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma

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United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma
(N.D. Okla.)
Appeals to Tenth Circuit
Established February 16, 1925
Judges assigned 4
Chief Judge Gregory Kent Frizzell

The United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma (in case citations, N.D. Okla.) is a federal court in the Tenth 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 established on February 16, 1925 with the transfer of a judgeship in the Eastern District to the newly established Northern district.[1]

Organization of the court[edit]

The United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma is one of three federal judicial districts in Oklahoma.[2] Court for the District is held at Tulsa.

The court's jurisdiction comprises the following counties: Craig, Creek, Delaware, Mayes, Nowata, Osage, Ottawa, Pawnee, Rogers, Tulsa, and Washington.

The United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Oklahoma represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court. The current Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Oklahoma is Loretta F. Radford, since March 11, 2017.

Current judges[edit]

# Title Judge Duty station Born Term of service Appointed by
Active Chief Senior
18 Chief Judge Gregory Kent Frizzell Tulsa 1956 2007–present 2012–present G.W. Bush
16 District Judge Claire Eagan Tulsa 1950 2001–present 2005–2012 G.W. Bush
17 District Judge James H. Payne Tulsa 1941 2001–present G.W. Bush
19 District Judge John E. Dowdell Tulsa 1955 2012–present Obama
14 Senior Judge Terence C. Kern Tulsa 1944 1994–2010 1996–2003 2010–present Clinton

Former judges[edit]

# Judge State Born–died Active service Chief Judge Senior status Appointed by Reason for
1 Kennamer, Franklin ElmoreFranklin Elmore Kennamer OK 1879–1960 1924–1940 1940–1960 Coolidge, Coolidge death
2 Murrah, Alfred P.Alfred P. Murrah OK 1904–1975 1937–1940 Roosevelt, F.F. Roosevelt appointment to 10th Cir.
3 Broaddus, Bower SlackBower Slack Broaddus OK 1888–1949 1940–1949 Roosevelt, F.F. Roosevelt death
4 Savage, Royce H.Royce H. Savage OK 1904–1993 1940–1961 1949–1961 Roosevelt, F.F. Roosevelt resignation
5 Wallace, William RobertWilliam Robert Wallace OK 1886–1960 1950–1960 Truman, Truman death
6 Bohanon, Luther LeeLuther Lee Bohanon OK 1902–2003 1961–1974 1974–2003 Kennedy, Kennedy death
7 Daugherty, Frederick AlvinFrederick Alvin Daugherty OK 1914–2006 1961[3]–1982 1982–2006 Kennedy, Kennedy death
8 Barrow, Allen EdwardAllen Edward Barrow OK 1914–1979 1962–1979 1962–1979 Kennedy, Kennedy death
9 Cook, H. DaleH. Dale Cook OK 1924–2008 1974–1992 1979–1992 1992–2008 Ford, Ford death
10 Brett, Thomas RutherfordThomas Rutherford Brett OK 1931–present 1979–1996 1994–1996 1996–2003 Carter, Carter retirement
11 Ellison, James O.James O. Ellison OK 1929–2014 1979–1994 1992–1994 1994–2014 Carter Carter death
12 Russell, David LynnDavid Lynn Russell OK 1942–present 1981–1990 Reagan, Reagan seat abolished
13 Burrage, MichaelMichael Burrage OK 1950–present 1994–2001 Clinton, Clinton resignation
15 Holmes, Sven ErikSven Erik Holmes OK 1951–present 1994–2005 2003–2005 Clinton, Clinton resignation

Succession of seats[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.fjc.gov/history/home.nsf/page/courts_district_ok.html U.S. District Courts of Oklahoma, Legislative history, Federal Judicial Center
  2. ^ 28 U.S.C. § 81
  3. ^ Recess appointment; formally nominated on January 15, 1962, confirmed by the United States Senate on February 7, 1962, and received commission on February 17, 1962.

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