United States District Court for the District of Columbia

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United States District Court for the District of Columbia
(D.D.C.)
Map
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LocationWashington, D.C.
Appeals toDistrict of Columbia Circuit
Established1863
Judges assigned16
Chief judgeRichard W. Roberts
Official site
 
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"Supreme Court of the District of Columbia" redirects here. For the court of last resort for the District of Columbia, see District of Columbia Court of Appeals.
United States District Court for the District of Columbia
(D.D.C.)
Map
DC locator map with state names w usmap.png
LocationWashington, D.C.
Appeals toDistrict of Columbia Circuit
Established1863
Judges assigned16
Chief judgeRichard W. Roberts
Official site

The United States District Court for the District of Columbia (in case citations, D.D.C.) is a federal district court. Appeals from the District are taken to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia 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]

The court was established by Congress in 1863 as the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia, replacing the abolished circuit and district courts of the District of Columbia that had been in place since 1801. The court consisted of four justices, including a chief justice, and was granted the same powers and jurisdiction as the earlier circuit court. Any of the justices could convene a United States circuit court or a local criminal court. In 1936, Congress renamed the court the District Court for the District of Columbia. Its current name was adopted in 1948, and from then on justices were known as judges.

Originally housed in the former District of Columbia City Hall, the court now sits in the E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse located at 333 Constitution Avenue, Northwest, Washington, D.C. The District has no local district attorney or equivalent, and so local prosecutorial matters also fall into the jurisdiction of the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia. Assistant United States Attorneys (AUSAs) are tasked with prosecution of not only federal crimes but also crimes that would normally be left to the state prosecutor's discretion. Because of this the District has the largest U.S. Attorney's Office in the nation, with around 250 AUSAs.

Current judges[edit]

#TitleJudgeDuty stationBornTerm of serviceAppointed by
ActiveChiefSenior
90Chief JudgeRichard W. RobertsWashington, D.C.19531998–present2013–present
Clinton
85District JudgeEmmet G. SullivanWashington, D.C.19471994–present
Clinton
88District JudgeColleen Kollar-KotellyWashington, D.C.19431997–present
Clinton
92District JudgeReggie WaltonWashington, D.C.19492001–present
G.W. Bush
93District JudgeJohn D. Bates[1]Washington, D.C.19462001–present
G.W. Bush
94District JudgeRichard J. LeonWashington, D.C.19492002–present
G.W. Bush
95District JudgeRosemary M. CollyerWashington, D.C.19452002–present
G.W. Bush
96District JudgeBeryl A. HowellWashington, D.C.19562010–present
Obama
98District JudgeJames E. BoasbergWashington, D.C.19632011–present
Obama
99District JudgeAmy Berman JacksonWashington, D.C.19542011–present
Obama
100District JudgeRudolph ContrerasWashington, D.C.19622012–present
Obama
101District JudgeKetanji Brown JacksonWashington, D.C.19702013–present
Obama
102District JudgeChristopher Reid CooperWashington, D.C.19662014–present
Obama
103District JudgeTanya S. ChutkanWashington, D.C.19622014–present
Obama
104District Judgevacant
105District Judgevacant
74Senior District JudgeJoyce Hens Greeninactive19281979–1995
1995–presentCarter
77Senior District JudgeThomas F. HoganWashington, D.C.19381982–20082001–20082008–presentReagan
81Senior District JudgeRoyce C. LamberthWashington, D.C.19431987–20132008–20132013–presentReagan
83Senior District JudgePaul L. FriedmanWashington, D.C.19441994–2009
2009–presentClinton
84Senior District JudgeGladys KesslerWashington, D.C.19381994–2007
2007–presentClinton
91Senior District JudgeEllen Segal HuvelleWashington, D.C.19481999–2014
2014-presentClinton

Vacancies and pending nominations[edit]

SeatSeat last held byVacancy reasonDate of vacancyNomineeDate of nomination
13Robert L. Wilkinsappointment to D.C. CircuitJanuary 15, 2014Randolph D. MossApril 3, 2014
7Ellen Segal HuvelleSenior StatusJune 3, 2014Amit Priyavadan MehtaJuly 31, 2014

Former judges[edit]

#JudgeStateBorn/DiedActive serviceChief JudgeSenior statusAppointed byReason for
termination
1Cartter, David KelloggDavid Kellogg CartterDC1812–18871863–18871863–1887Lincoln, Lincolndeath
2Fisher, George P.George P. FisherDC1817–18991863–1870Lincoln, Lincolnresignation
3Olin, Abram B.Abram B. OlinDC1808–18791863–1879Lincoln, Lincolnretirement
4Wylie, AndrewAndrew WylieDC1814–19051863[2]–1885Lincoln, Lincolnretirement
5Humphreys, David CampbellDavid Campbell HumphreysDC1817–18791870–1879Grant, Grantdeath
6MacArthur, Sr., ArthurArthur MacArthur, Sr.DC1815–18961870–1887Grant, Grantretirement
7Hagner, Alexander BurtonAlexander Burton HagnerDC1826–19151879–1903Hayes, Hayesretirement
8Cox, Walter SmithWalter Smith CoxDC1826–19021879–1899Hayes, Hayesretirement
9James, Charles PinckneyCharles Pinckney JamesDC1818–18991879[3]–1892Hayes, Hayesretirement
10Merrick, William MatthewWilliam Matthew MerrickDC1818–18891885[4]–1889Cleveland, Clevelanddeath
11Montgomery, Martin V.Martin V. MontgomeryDC1840–18981887[5]–1892Cleveland, Clevelandresignation
12Bingham, Edward FranklinEdward Franklin BinghamDC1828–19071887[6]–19031887–1903Cleveland, Clevelandretirement
13Bradley, Andrew CoyleAndrew Coyle BradleyDC1844–19021889–1902Harrison, B.B. Harrisondeath
14McComas, Louis E.Louis E. McComasDC1846–19071892[7]–1899Harrison, B.B. Harrisonresignation
15Cole, Charles CleavesCharles Cleaves ColeDC1841–19051893–1901Harrison, B.B. Harrisonresignation
16Clabaugh, Harry M.Harry M. ClabaughDC1856–19141899–1903McKinley, McKinleyreappointment
16.1Clabaugh, Harry M.Harry M. ClabaughDC1856–19141903[8]–19141903–1914Roosevelt, T.T. Rooseveltdeath
17Barnard, JobJob BarnardDC1844–19231899[9]–1914McKinley, McKinleyretirement
18Anderson, Thomas H.Thomas H. AndersonDC1848–19161901[10]–1916McKinley, McKinleydeath
19Gould, Ashley MulgraveAshley Mulgrave GouldDC1859–19211902–1921Roosevelt, T.T. Rooseveltdeath
20Pritchard, Jeter ConnellyJeter Connelly PritchardDC1857–19211903–1904Roosevelt, T.T. Rooseveltreappointment
21Wright, Daniel ThewDaniel Thew WrightDC1864–19431903–1914Roosevelt, T.T. Rooseveltresignation
22Stafford, Wendell PhillipsWendell Phillips StaffordDC1861–19531904[11]–1931Roosevelt, T.T. Rooseveltretirement
23Covington, James HarryJames Harry CovingtonDC1870–19421914–19181914–1918Wilson, Wilsonresignation
24McCoy, Walter I.Walter I. McCoyDC1859–19331914–1918Wilson, Wilsonreappointment
24.1McCoy, Walter I.Walter I. McCoyDC1859–19331918–19291918–1929Wilson, Wilsonretirement
25Siddons, Frederick LincolnFrederick Lincoln SiddonsDC1864–19311915–1931Wilson, Wilsondeath
26Hitz, WilliamWilliam HitzDC1872–19351916[12]–1931Wilson, Wilsonreappointment
27Bailey, Thomas JenningsThomas Jennings BaileyDC1867–19631918–19501950–1963Wilson, Wilsondeath
28Hoehling, Jr., Adolph A.Adolph A. Hoehling, Jr.DC1868–19411921–1927Harding, Hardingresignation
29Gordon, PeytonPeyton GordonDC1870–19461928–19411941–1946Coolidge, Coolidgedeath
30Wheat, Alfred AdamsAlfred Adams WheatDC1867–19431929–1930Hoover, Hooverreappointment
30.1Wheat, Alfred AdamsAlfred Adams WheatDC1867–19431930–19411930–19411941–1943Hoover, Hooverdeath
31Adkins, Jesse CorcoranJesse Corcoran AdkinsDC1879–19551930–19461946–1955Hoover, Hooverdeath
32Luhring, Oscar RaymondOscar Raymond LuhringDC1879–19441930–1944Hoover, Hooverdeath
33Cox, Joseph WinstonJoseph Winston CoxDC1875–19391930–1939Hoover, Hooverdeath
34Proctor, James McPhersonJames McPherson ProctorDC1882–19531931–1948Hoover, Hooverreappointment
35Letts, F. DickinsonF. Dickinson LettsDC1875–19651931[13]–19611958–19591961–1965Hoover, Hooverdeath
36O'Donoghue, Daniel WilliamDaniel William O'DonoghueDC1876–19481931[14]–19461946–1948Hoover, Hooverdeath
37Laws, Bolitha JamesBolitha James LawsDC1891–19581938–1945Roosevelt, F.F. Rooseveltreappointment
37.1Laws, Bolitha JamesBolitha James LawsDC1891–19581945–19481945–1948Roosevelt, F.F. Rooseveltreappointment
37.2Laws, Bolitha JamesBolitha James LawsDC1891–19581948–19581948–1958operation of lawdeath
38Goldsborough, Thomas AlanThomas Alan GoldsboroughDC1877–19511939–1951Roosevelt, F.F. Rooseveltdeath
39Morris, James WardJames Ward MorrisDC1890–19601939–1960Roosevelt, F.F. Rooseveltdeath
40Pine, David AndrewDavid Andrew PineDC1891–19701940–19651959–19611965–1970Roosevelt, F.F. Rooseveltdeath
41McGuire, Matthew FrancisMatthew Francis McGuireDC1898–19861941–19661961–19661966–1986Roosevelt, F.F. Rooseveltdeath
42Eicher, Edward C.Edward C. EicherDC1878–19441942–19441942–1944Roosevelt, F.F. Rooseveltdeath
43Schweinhaut, Henry AlbertHenry Albert SchweinhautDC1902–19701944–19561956–1970Roosevelt, F.F. Rooseveltdeath
44Holtzoff, AlexanderAlexander HoltzoffDC1886–19691945–19671967–1969Truman, Trumandeath
45Keech, Richmond BowlingRichmond Bowling KeechDC1896–19861946[15]–19661966–19661966–1986Truman, Trumandeath
46Curran, Edward MatthewEdward Matthew CurranDC1903–19881946[16]–19711966–19711971–1988Truman, Trumandeath
47Tamm, Edward AllenEdward Allen TammDC1906–19851948[17]–1965Truman, Trumanreappointment
48Kirkland, James RobertJames Robert KirklandDC1903–19581949[18]–1958Truman, Trumandeath
49Matthews, Burnita SheltonBurnita Shelton MatthewsDC1894–19881949[19]–19681968–1988Truman, Trumandeath
50McLaughlin, Charles F.Charles F. McLaughlinDC1987–19761949[20]–19641964–1976Truman, Trumandeath
51Bastian, Walter MaximillianWalter Maximillian BastianDC1891–19751950[21]–1954Truman, Trumanreappointment
52Youngdahl, LutherLuther YoungdahlDC1896–19781951–19661966–1978Truman, Trumandeath
53McGarraghy, Joseph CharlesJoseph Charles McGarraghyDC1897–19751954–19671967–1975Eisenhower, Eisenhowerdeath
54Sirica, JohnJohn SiricaDC1904–19921957–19771971–19741977–1992Eisenhower, Eisenhowerdeath
55Hart, Jr., George LuzerneGeorge Luzerne Hart, Jr.DC1905–19841958[22]–19791974–19751979–1984Eisenhower, Eisenhowerdeath
56Walsh, Leonard PatrickLeonard Patrick WalshDC1904–19801959–19711971–1980Eisenhower, Eisenhowerdeath
57Jones, William BlakelyWilliam Blakely JonesDC1907–19791962–19771975–19771977–1979Kennedy, Kennedydeath
58Robinson III, Spottswood WilliamSpottswood William Robinson IIIDC1916–19981964[23]–1966Johnson, Johnsonreappointment
59Corcoran, Howard FrancisHoward Francis CorcoranDC1906–19891965–19771977–1989Johnson, Johnsondeath
60Bryant, William B.William B. BryantDC1911–20051965–19821977–19811982–2005Johnson, Johnsondeath
61Gasch, OliverOliver GaschDC1906–19991965–19811981–1999Johnson, Johnsondeath
62Robinson, Jr., Aubrey EugeneAubrey Eugene Robinson, Jr.DC1922–20001966–19921982–19921992–2000Johnson, Johnsondeath
63Smith Jr., John LewisJohn Lewis Smith Jr.DC1912–19921966–19831981–19821983–1992Johnson, Johnsondeath
64Waddy, Joseph CorneliusJoseph Cornelius WaddyDC1911–19781967–1978Johnson, Johnsondeath
65Gesell, GerhardGerhard GesellDC1910–19931967–19931993–1993Johnson, Johnsondeath
66Green, June LazenbyJune Lazenby GreenDC1914–20011968–19841984–2001Johnson, Johnsondeath
67Pratt, John H.John H. PrattDC1910–19951968–19891989–1995Johnson, Johnsondeath
68Parker, Barrington D.Barrington D. ParkerDC1915–19931969–19851985–1993Nixon, Nixondeath
69Richey, Charles RobertCharles Robert RicheyDC1923–19971971–19971997–1997Nixon, Nixondeath
70Flannery, Thomas AquinasThomas Aquinas FlanneryDC1918–20071971–19851985–2007Nixon, Nixondeath
71Oberdorfer, Louis F.Louis F. OberdorferDC1919–20131977–19921992–2013Carter, Carterdeath
72Greene, Harold H.Harold H. GreeneDC1923–20001978–19951995–2000Carter, Carterdeath
73Penn, John GarrettJohn Garrett PennDC1932–20071979–19981992–19971998–2007Carter, Carterdeath
75Johnson, Norma HollowayNorma Holloway JohnsonDC1932–20111980–20011997–20012001–2003Carter, Carterretirement
76Jackson, Thomas PenfieldThomas Penfield JacksonDC1937–20131982–20022002–2004Reagan, Reaganretirement
78Harris, Stanley S.Stanley S. HarrisDC1927–present1983–19961996–2001Reagan, Reaganretirement
79Revercomb, George HughesGeorge Hughes RevercombDC1929–19931985–1993Reagan, Reagandeath
80Sporkin, StanleyStanley SporkinDC1932–present1985–19991999–2000Reagan, Reaganretirement
82Boudin, MichaelMichael BoudinDC1939–present1990–1992Bush, G.H.W.G.H.W. Bushresignation
86Urbina, Ricardo M.Ricardo M. UrbinaDC1946–present1994–20112011–2012Clinton, Clintonretirement
87Robertson, JamesJames RobertsonDC1938–present1994–20082008–2010Clinton, Clintonretirement
89Kennedy Jr., Henry HaroldHenry Harold Kennedy Jr.DC1948–present1997–2011
Clintonretirement
97Wilkins, Robert L.Robert L. WilkinsDC1963–present2010–2014
Obamareappointment

Succession of seats[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Appointed Director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts on June 11, 2013, by Chief Justice of the Supreme Court John Roberts. He retains his commission as a United States District Court Judge. The appointment takes effect July 1, 2013. Kathleen Arberg (11 June 2013). "Press Releases - 06/11/13 - Supreme Court of the United States". The Supreme Court of the United States. Retrieved 11 June 2013. 
  2. ^ Recess appointment; Wylie was formally nominated January 5, 1864 and was confirmed January 20, receiving his commission the same day.
  3. ^ Recess appointment; James was formally nominated on December 1, 1879, confirmed by the Senate December 10, 1879 and received his commission the same day.
  4. ^ Recess appointment; Merrick was formally nominated on December 14, 1885, confirmed by the Senate March 15, 1856 and received his commission the same day.
  5. ^ Recess appointment; Montgomery was formally nominated on December 20, 1887, confirmed by the Senate January 26, 1888 and received his commission the same day.
  6. ^ Recess appointment; Montgomery was formally nominated on December 20, 1887, confirmed by the Senate January 23, 1888 and received his commission the same day.
  7. ^ Recess appointment;McComas was formally nominated on December 6, 1892, confirmed by the Senate January 25, 1893 and received his commission the same day.
  8. ^ Recess appointment;Clabaugh was formally nominated on November 10, 1903, confirmed by the Senate November 16, 1903 and received his commission the same day.
  9. ^ Recess appointment; Barnard was formally nominated December 11, 1899, confirmed by the Senate December 19 and received his commission the same day
  10. ^ Recess appointment; Anderson was formally nominated December 5, 1901, confirmed by the Senate February 4, 1902 and received his commission February 6, 1902
  11. ^ Recess appointment; Stafford was formally nominated December 6, 1904, confirmed by the Senate December 13 and received his commission the same day
  12. ^ Recess appointment; Hitz was formally nominated December 15, 1916, confirmed by the Senate January 2, 1917 and received his commission the same day.
  13. ^ Recess appointment; Letts was formally nominated December 15, 1931, confirmed by the Senate February 17, 1932 and received his commission February 20, 1932.
  14. ^ Recess appointment; O'Donoghue was formally nominated December 15, 1931, confirmed by the Senate January 26, 1932 and received his commission February 23, 1932.
  15. ^ Recess appointment; Keech was formally nominated January 8, 1947, confirmed by the Senate January 22 and received his commission January 24.
  16. ^ Recess appointment; Curran was formally nominated January 8, 1947, confirmed by the Senate February 3 and received his commission February 5.
  17. ^ Recess appointment; Tamm was formally nominated January 13, 1949, confirmed by the Senate March 29 and received his commission April 1.
  18. ^ Recess appointment; Kirkland was formally nominated January 5, 1950, confirmed by the Senate March 8 and received his commission March 9.
  19. ^ Recess appointment; Matthews was formally nominated January 5, 1950, confirmed by the Senate April 4, 1950 and received his commission April 7, 1950.
  20. ^ Recess appointment; McLaughlin was formally nominated January 5, 1950, confirmed by the Senate February 27, 1950 and received his commission March 1, 1950.
  21. ^ Recess appointment; Bastian was formally nominated November 27, 1950, confirmed by the Senate December 14, 1950 and received his commission December 22, 1950.
  22. ^ Recess appointment; Hart was formally nominated January 17, 1959, confirmed by the Senate September 9 and received his commission September 10.
  23. ^ Recess appointment; Robinson was formally nominated February 3, 1964 confirmed by the Senate July 1, 1964 and received his commission July 2, 1964.

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