United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas
(E.D. Ark.)
Appeals to: Eighth Circuit
Established: March 3, 1851
Judges assigned: 5
Chief Judge: Brian Stacy Miller

The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas (in case citations, E.D. Ark.) is a federal court in the Eighth 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 March 3, 1851 with the division of the state into an Eastern and Western district. [1]

The United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Arkansas represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court. The current United States Attorney is Christopher R. Thyer, who was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on December 22, 2010.

Organization of the court

The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas is one of two federal judicial districts in Arkansas.[2] Court for the District is held at Batesville, Helena, Jonesboro, Little Rock, and Pine Bluff.

Eastern Division comprises the following counties: Cross, Lee, Monroe, Phillips, Saint Francis, and Woodruff.

Jonesboro Division comprises the following counties: Clay, Craighead, Crittenden, Greene, Lawrence, Mississippi, Poinsett, and Randolph.

Northern Division comprises the following counties: Cleburne, Fulton, Independence, Izard, Jackson, Sharp, and Stone.

Pine Bluff Division comprises the following counties: Arkansas, Chicot, Cleveland, Dallas, Desha, Drew, Grant, Jefferson, and Lincoln.

Western Division comprises the following counties: Conway, Faulkner, Lonoke, Perry, Pope, Prairie, Pulaski, Saline, Van Buren, White, and Yell.

Current judges

# Title Judge Duty station Born Term of service Appointed by
Active Chief Senior
23 Chief Judge Brian Stacy Miller Little Rock 1967 2008–present 2012–present G.W. Bush
22 District Judge James Leon Holmes Little Rock 1951 2004–present 2005–2012 G.W. Bush
24 District Judge D. Price Marshall Jr. Little Rock 1963 2010–present Obama
25 District Judge Kristine Gerhard Baker Little Rock 1971 2012–present Obama
26 District Judge James Maxwell Moody, Jr. Little Rock 1964 2014–present Obama
11 Senior Judge Garnett Thomas Eisele Little Rock 1923 1970–1991 1975–1991 1991–present Nixon
19 Senior Judge Susan Webber Wright Little Rock 1948 1990–2013 1998–2005 2013–present G.H.W. Bush
20 Senior Judge Billy Roy Wilson[3] Little Rock 1939 1993–2008 2008–present Clinton

Former judges

# Judge State Born–died Active service Chief Judge Senior status Appointed by Reason for
1 Ringo, DanielDaniel Ringo AR 1803–1873 1851[4]–1861 Taylor, Taylor resignation
2 Caldwell, Henry ClayHenry Clay Caldwell AR 1832–1915 1864–1890 Lincoln, Lincoln reappointment
3 Williams, John A.John A. Williams AR 1835–1900 1890–1900 Harrison, Harrison death
4 Trieber, JacobJacob Trieber AR 1853–1927 1900[5]–1927 McKinley, McKinley death
5 Martineau, John EllisJohn Ellis Martineau AR 1873–1937 1928–1937 Coolidge, Coolidge death
6 Trimble III, Thomas ClarkThomas Clark Trimble III AR 1878–1965 1937–1957 1948–1957 1957–1965 Roosevelt, F.F. Roosevelt death
7 Lemley, Harry JacobHarry Jacob Lemley AR 1883–1965 1939–1958 1958–1965 Roosevelt, F.F. Roosevelt death
8 Henley, Jesse SmithJesse Smith Henley AR 1917–1997 1958[6]–1975 1959–1975 Eisenhower, Eisenhower reappointment
9 Young, Gordon ElmoGordon Elmo Young AR 1907–1969 1959–1969 Eisenhower, Eisenhower death
10 Harris, OrenOren Harris AR 1903–1997 1965–1976 1976–1997 Johnson, L.L. Johnson death
12 Shell, Terry LeeTerry Lee Shell AR 1922–1978 1975–1978 Ford, Ford death
13 Roy, Elsijane TrimbleElsijane Trimble Roy AR 1916–2007 1977–1989 1989–2007 Carter, Carter death
14 Arnold, Richard S.Richard S. Arnold AR 1936–2004 1978–1980 Carter, Carter reappointment
15 Overton, WilliamWilliam Overton AR 1939–1987 1979–1987 Carter, Carter death
16 Woods, HenryHenry Woods AR 1918–2002 1980–1995 1995–2002 Carter, Carter death
17 Howard, Jr., GeorgeGeorge Howard, Jr. AR 1924–2007 1980–2007 Carter, Carter death
18 Reasoner, Stephen M.Stephen M. Reasoner AR 1944–2004 1988–2002 1991–1998 2002–2004 Reagan, Reagan death
21 Moody, James MaxwellJames Maxwell Moody AR 1940-present 1995–2008 2008–2014 Clinton retirement

Succession of seats

Seat 1
Seat reassigned from District of Arkansas on March 3, 1851 by 9 Stat. 594 (concurrent with Western District)
Ringo 1851–1861
Seat reassigned solely to the Eastern District on March 3, 1871 by 16 Stat. 471
Caldwell 1864–1890
Williams 1890–1900
Trieber 1901–1927
Martineau 1928–1937
Trimble III 1937–1957
Henley 1958–1959
Young 1959–1969
Eisele 1970–1991
Wilson 1993–2008
Marshall, Jr. 2010–present

Seat 2
Seat established on May 31, 1938 by 52 Stat. 584 (concurrent with Western District)
Lemley 1939–1958
Henley 1959–1975
Shell 1975–1978
Arnold 1978–1980
Howard, Jr. 1980–2007
Seat reassigned solely to Eastern District on December 1, 1990 by 104 Stat. 5089
Miller 2008–present

Seat 3
Seat established on May 19, 1961 by 75 Stat. 80 (concurrent with Western District)
Harris 1966–1976
Roy 1977–1989
Seat reassigned solely to Eastern District on December 1, 1990 by 104 Stat. 5089
Wright 1990–2013
Moody, Jr. 2014–present

Seat 4
Seat established on October 20, 1978 by 92 Stat. 1629
Overton 1979–1987
Reasoner 1988–2002
Holmes 2004–present

Seat 5
Seat established on October 20, 1978 by 92 Stat. 1629
Woods 1980–1995
Moody 1995–2008
Baker 2012–present

United States Attorneys

Recent former US Attorneys for the district

See also


  1. http://www.fjc.gov/history/home.nsf/page/courts_district_ar.html U.S. District Courts of Arkansas, Legislative history, Federal Judicial Center
  2. 28 U.S.C. § 83
  3. Appointed as William Roy Wilson, Jr.; name changed in 2011.
  4. Initially appointed to the District of Arkansas in 1849 by Zachary Taylor; reassigned to both the Western District of Arkansas and the Eastern District of Arkansas in 1851.
  5. Recess appointment; formally nominated on December 4, 1900, confirmed by the United States Senate on January 9, 1901, and received commission on January 9, 1901.
  6. Recess appointment; not confirmed by the United States Senate, but Eisenhower successfully renominated Henley to a different seat on the same court prior to the expiration of the initial appointment.
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