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United States District Court for the District of Arizona

The United States District Court for the District of Arizona (in case citations, D. Ariz.) is a federal court in the Ninth Circuit.

United States District Court for the District of Arizona
(D. Ariz.)
US DC AZ.svg
Appeals to Ninth Circuit
Established June 20, 1910
Judges assigned 13
Chief Judge Raner C. Collins

The District was established on June 20, 1910, pending Arizona statehood on February 14, 1912. [1]

The United States Attorney's Office for the District of Arizona represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court. The current Acting United States Attorney is Elizabeth A. Strange, who was appointed on January 21, 2017.


Organization of the courtEdit

Map of the United States District Court for the District of Arizona with its subdivisions:
     Prescott Division
     Phoenix Division
     Tucson Division

The United States District Court for the District of Arizona is the sole federal judicial district in Arizona.[2] Court for the District is held at Flagstaff, Phoenix, Prescott, Tucson, and Yuma. Magistrate courts, established to hear violations on federal lands, are additionally located in Grand Canyon National Park, Kingman, and Page.

The District is further divided into three "divisions," with each of these having a central office. [3] The divisions are as follow:

Current judgesEdit

# Title Judge Duty station Born Term of service Appointed by
Active Chief Senior
27 Chief Judge Raner C. Collins Tucson 1952 1998–present 2013–present Clinton
34 District Judge David G. Campbell Phoenix 1952 2003–present G.W. Bush
36 District Judge G. Murray Snow Phoenix 1959 2008–present G.W. Bush
37 District Judge Jennifer Guerin Zipps Tucson 1964 2011–present Obama
38 District Judge John Joseph Tuchi Phoenix 1964 2014–present Obama
39 District Judge Diane Humetewa Phoenix 1964 2014–present Obama
40 District Judge Steven Logan Phoenix 1965 2014–present Obama
41 District Judge Rosemary Márquez Tucson 1968 2014–present Obama
42 District Judge Douglas L. Rayes Phoenix 1952 2014–present Obama
43 District Judge James Alan Soto Tucson 1950 2014–present Obama
44 District Judge vacant
45 District Judge vacant
46 District Judge vacant
20 Senior Judge Paul Gerhardt Rosenblatt Phoenix 1928 1984–2003 2003–present Reagan
23 Senior Judge Stephen M. McNamee Phoenix 1942 1990–2007 1999–2006 2007–present G.H.W. Bush
25 Senior Judge Roslyn O. Silver Phoenix 1946 1994–2013 2011–2013 2013–present Clinton
26 Senior Judge Frank R. Zapata Tucson 1944 1996–2010 2010–present Clinton
28 Senior Judge Susan Ritchie Bolton Phoenix 1951 2000–2016 2016–present Clinton
30 Senior Judge James A. Teilborg Phoenix 1942 2000–2013 2013–present Clinton
31 Senior Judge Frederick J. Martone Phoenix 1943 2001–2013 2013–present G.W. Bush
32 Senior Judge Cindy K. Jorgenson Tucson 1953 2002–2018 2018–present G.W. Bush
33 Senior Judge David C. Bury Tucson 1942 2002–2012 2012–present G.W. Bush
35 Senior Judge Neil Vincent Wake Phoenix 1948 2004–2016 2016–present G.W. Bush

Vacancies and pending nominationsEdit

Seat Seat last held by Vacancy reason Date of vacancy Nominee Date of nomination
4 Neil Vincent Wake Senior Status July 5, 2016 Susan Brnovich January 24, 2018
9 Susan Ritchie Bolton September 1, 2016 Dominic W. Lanza January 24, 2018
12 Cindy K. Jorgenson April 6, 2018
14 David G. Campbell July 31, 2018[4]

Former judgesEdit

# Judge State Born–died Active service Chief Judge Senior status Appointed by Reason for
1 Sloan, Richard ElihuRichard Elihu Sloan AZ 1857–1933 1912–1913 Taft, Taft not confirmed [5]
2 Sawtelle, William HenryWilliam Henry Sawtelle AZ 1868–1934 1913–1931 Wilson, Wilson appointment to 9th Cir.
3 Jacobs, Fred ClintonFred Clinton Jacobs AZ 1865–1958 1923–1936 1936–1958 Harding, Harding death
4 Sames, Albert MorrisAlbert Morris Sames AZ 1873–1958 1931–1946 1946–1958 Hoover, Hoover death
5 Ling, David W.David W. Ling AZ 1890–1965 1936–1964 1964–1965 Roosevelt, F.F. Roosevelt death
6 Speakman, Howard C.Howard C. Speakman AZ 1892–1952 1946–1952 Truman, Truman death
7 Walsh, James AugustineJames Augustine Walsh AZ 1906–1991 1952–1976 1961–1972 1976–1991 Truman, Truman death
8 Davis, Arthur MarshallArthur Marshall Davis AZ 1907–1963 1961–1963 Kennedy, Kennedy death
9 Craig, Walter EarlyWalter Early Craig AZ 1909–1986 1963–1979 1973–1979 1979–1986 Kennedy, Kennedy death
10 Muecke, Charles AndrewCharles Andrew Muecke AZ 1918–2007 1964–1984 1979–1984 1984–2007 Johnson, L.L. Johnson death
11 Copple, William PerryWilliam Perry Copple AZ 1916–2000 1966–1983 1983–2000 Johnson, L.L. Johnson death
12 Frey, William C.William C. Frey AZ 1919–1979 1970–1979 Nixon, Nixon death
13 Richey, Mary AnneMary Anne Richey AZ 1917–1983 1976–1983 Ford, Ford death
14 Cordova, Valdemar AguirreValdemar Aguirre Cordova AZ 1922–1988 1979–1984 1984–1988 Carter, Carter death
15 Bilby, RichardRichard Bilby AZ 1931–1998 1979–1996 1984–1990 1996–1998 Carter, Carter death
16 Hardy, Charles LeachCharles Leach Hardy AZ 1919–2010 1980–1990 1990–2010 Carter, Carter death
17 Carroll, Earl H.Earl H. Carroll AZ 1925–2017 1980–1994 1994–2017 Carter, Carter death
18 Marquez, Alfredo ChavezAlfredo Chavez Marquez AZ 1922–2014 1980–1991 1991–2014 Carter, Carter death
19 Browning, William DockerWilliam Docker Browning AZ 1931–2008 1984–1998 1990–1994 1998–2008 Reagan, Reagan death
21 Broomfield, Robert C.Robert C. Broomfield AZ 1933–2014 1985–1999 1994–1999 1999–2014 Reagan death
22 Strand, Roger GordonRoger Gordon Strand AZ 1934–2017 1985–2000 2000–2017 Reagan death
24 Roll, JohnJohn Roll AZ 1947–2011 1991–2011 2006–2011 G.H.W. Bush, G.H.W. Bush death
29 Murguia, Mary H.Mary H. Murguia AZ 1960–present 2000–2010 Clinton, Clinton appointment to 9th Cir.

Chief judgesEdit

Chief judges have administrative responsibilities with respect to their district court, and preside over any panel on which they serve unless circuit judges are also on the panel. 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

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ U.S. District Courts of Arizona, Legislative history, Federal Judicial Center
  2. ^ 28 U.S.C. § 82
  3. ^ "Clerk's Office". United States District Court District of Arizona. United States District Court District of Arizona. Retrieved May 22, 2018. 
  4. ^ Future Judicial Vacancies
  5. ^ Recess appointment; the United States Senate later rejected the appointment.

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