United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington

The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington (in case citations, E.D. Wash.) is the Federal district court whose jurisdiction comprises the following counties of the state of Washington: Adams, Asotin, Benton, Chelan, Columbia, Douglas, Ferry, Franklin, Garfield, Grant, Kittitas, Klickitat, Lincoln, Okanogan, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens, Walla Walla, Whitman, and Yakima.

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington
(E.D. Wash.)
LocationThomas S. Foley Courthouse
More locations
Appeals toNinth Circuit
EstablishedMarch 2, 1905
Chief JudgeThomas O. Rice
Officers of the court
U.S. AttorneyWilliam D. Hyslop
Richland Courthouse in 1965

As of the 2000 census, 1.3 million people resided in the Eastern District, representing 22% of the state's population. The district includes the cities of Richland, Spokane, and Yakima, among others. The Federal Court in Yakima is located in the William O. Douglas Federal Building.

Cases from the Eastern District of Washington are appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, except for patent claims and claims against the U.S. government under the Tucker Act, which are appealed to the Federal Circuit.

The United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Washington represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court.

The current United States Attorney is William D. Hyslop.

Current judgesEdit

As of January 27, 2016:

# Title Judge Duty station Born Term of service Appointed by
Active Chief Senior
21 Chief Judge Thomas O. Rice Spokane 1960 2012–present 2016–present Obama
20 District Judge Rosanna M. Peterson Spokane 1951 2010–present 2011–2016 Obama
22 District Judge Stanley Allen Bastian Yakima 1958 2014–present Obama
23 District Judge Salvador Mendoza Jr. Richland 1971 2014–present Obama
13 Senior Judge Justin Lowe Quackenbush Spokane 1929 1980–1995 1989–1995 1995–present Carter
15 Senior Judge William Fremming Nielsen Spokane 1934 1991–2003 1995–2000 2003–present G.H.W. Bush
16 Senior Judge Frederick L. Van Sickle Spokane 1943 1991–2008 2000–2005 2008–present G.H.W. Bush
17 Senior Judge Robert H. Whaley Spokane 1943 1995–2009 2005–2009 2009–present Clinton
18 Senior Judge Edward F. Shea Richland 1942 1998–2012 2012–present Clinton
19 Senior Judge Lonny R. Suko Yakima 1943 2003–2013 2009–2011 2013–present G.W. Bush

Former judgesEdit

# Judge State Born–died Active service Chief Judge Senior status Appointed by Reason for
1 Edward Whitson WA 1852–1910 1905–1910 T. Roosevelt death
2 Frank H. Rudkin WA 1864–1931 1911–1923 Taft elevation to 9th Cir.
3 J. Stanley Webster WA 1877–1962 1923–1939[Note 1] 1939–1962 Harding[Note 2] death
4 Lloyd Llewellyn Black WA 1889–1950 1940–1950[Note 3] F. Roosevelt death
5 Lewis B. Schwellenbach WA 1894–1948 1940–1945 F. Roosevelt resignation
6 Samuel Marion Driver WA 1892–1958 1946–1958 1948–1958 Truman death
7 William James Lindberg WA 1904–1981 1951–1961 Truman seat abolished
8 Charles Lawrence Powell WA 1902–1975 1959–1972 1959–1972 1972–1975 Eisenhower death
9 William Nelson Goodwin WA 1909–1975 1966–1975 1972–1973 L. Johnson death
10 Marshall Allen Neill WA 1914–1979 1972–1979 1973–1979 Nixon death
11 Jack Edward Tanner WA 1919–2006 1978 Carter seat abolished
12 Robert James McNichols WA 1922–1992 1979–1991 1980–1989 1991–1992 Carter death
14 Alan Angus McDonald WA 1927–2007 1985–1996 1996–2007 Reagan death
  1. ^ Recess appointment; formally nominated on December 15, 1923, confirmed by the United States Senate on January 16, 1924, and received commission the same day.
  2. ^ Initially appointed via recess appointment by Harding; formally nominated by and received commission from Coolidge
  3. ^ Black was initially appointed to the Western District of Washington in 1939; he was reassigned by operation of law to serve in both districts

Chief judgesEdit

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 seatsEdit

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