United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma
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|United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma|
|Appeals to||Tenth Circuit|
|Established||February 16, 1925|
|Chief Judge||John E. Dowdell|
|Officers of the court|
|U.S. Attorney||R. Trent Shores|
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).
Organization of the court
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 U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Oklahoma is R. Trent Shores.
As of March 14, 2019[update]:
|#||Title||Judge||Duty station||Born||Term of service||Appointed by|
|19||Chief Judge||John E. Dowdell||Tulsa||1955||2012–present||2019–present||—||Obama|
|16||District Judge||Claire Eagan||Tulsa||1950||2001–present||2005–2012||—||G.W. Bush|
|18||District Judge||Gregory Kent Frizzell||Tulsa||1956||2007–present||2012–2019||—||G.W. Bush|
|14||Senior Judge||Terence C. Kern||Tulsa||1944||1994–2010||1996–2003||2010–present||Clinton|
|17||Senior Judge||James H. Payne[Note 1]||Tulsa||1941||2001–2017||—||2017–present||G.W. Bush|
- Judge Payne is jointly appointed to the Eastern, Northern, and Western Districts of Oklahoma.
Vacancies and pending nominations
|Seat||Seat last held by||Vacancy reason||Date of vacancy||Nominee||Date of nomination|
|2||James H. Payne||Senior Status||August 1, 2017||–||–|
|#||Judge||State||Born–died||Active service||Chief Judge||Senior status||Appointed by||Reason for|
|1||Franklin Elmore Kennamer||OK||1879–1960||1924–1940||—||1940–1960||Coolidge||death|
|2||Alfred P. Murrah||OK||1904–1975||1937–1940||—||—||F. Roosevelt||appointment to 10th Cir.|
|3||Bower Slack Broaddus||OK||1888–1949||1940–1949||—||—||F. Roosevelt||death|
|4||Royce H. Savage||OK||1904–1993||1940–1961||1949–1961||—||F. Roosevelt||resignation|
|5||William Robert Wallace||OK||1886–1960||1950–1960||—||—||Truman||death|
|6||Luther L. Bohanon||OK||1902–2003||1961–1974||—||1974–2003||Kennedy||death|
|7||Frederick Alvin Daugherty||OK||1914–2006||1961–1982||—||1982–2006||Kennedy||death|
|8||Allen Edward Barrow||OK||1914–1979||1962–1979||1962–1979||—||Kennedy||death|
|9||H. Dale Cook||OK||1924–2008||1974–1992||1979–1992||1992–2008||Ford||death|
|10||James O. Ellison||OK||1929–2014||1979–1994||1992–1994||1994–2014||Carter||death|
|11||Thomas Rutherford Brett||OK||1931–present||1979–1996||1994–1996||1996–2003||Carter||retirement|
|12||David Lynn Russell||OK||1942–present||1981–1990||—||—||Reagan||seat abolished|
|15||Sven Erik Holmes||OK||1951–present||1994–2005||2003–2005||—||Clinton||resignation|
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
- Courts of Oklahoma
- List of current United States District Judges
- List of United States federal courthouses in Oklahoma
- http://www.fjc.gov/history/home.nsf/page/courts_district_ok.html U.S. District Courts of Oklahoma, Legislative history, Federal Judicial Center
- 28 U.S.C. § 81
- 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.
- United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma Official Website
- United States Attorney for the Northern District of Oklahoma Official Website