United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas

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United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas
(E.D. Ark.)
Location Richard Sheppard Arnold U.S. Post Office and Courthouse
Appeals to Eighth Circuit
Established March 3, 1851
Judges assigned 5
Chief Judge Brian Stacy Miller
Officers of the court
U.S. Attorney J. Cody Hiland

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 J. Cody Hiland.

Organization of the court[edit]

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[edit]

# 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
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
27 District Judge vacant
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
22 Senior Judge James Leon Holmes Little Rock 1951 2004–2018 2005–2012 2018–present G.W. Bush

Vacancies and pending nominations[edit]

Seat Seat last held by Vacancy reason Date of vacancy Nominee Date of nomination
4 James Leon Holmes Senior Status March 31, 2018

Former judges[edit]

# Judge State Born–died Active service Chief Judge Senior status Appointed by Reason for
1 Daniel Ringo AR 1803–1873 1851[4]–1861 Taylor resignation
2 Henry Clay Caldwell AR 1832–1915 1864–1890 Lincoln appointment to 8th Cir.
3 John A. Williams AR 1835–1900 1890–1900 B. Harrison death
4 Jacob Trieber AR 1853–1927 1900[5]–1927 McKinley death
5 John Ellis Martineau AR 1873–1937 1928–1937 Coolidge death
6 Thomas Clark Trimble III AR 1878–1965 1937–1957 1948–1957 1957–1965 F. Roosevelt death
7 Harry Jacob Lemley AR 1883–1965 1939–1958 1958–1965 F. Roosevelt death
8 Jesse Smith Henley AR 1917–1997 1958[6]–1975 1959–1975 Eisenhower appointment to 8th Cir.
9 Gordon Elmo Young AR 1907–1969 1959–1969 Eisenhower death
10 Oren Harris AR 1903–1997 1965–1976 1976–1997 L. Johnson death
11 Garnett Thomas Eisele AR 1923–2017 1970–1991 1975–1991 1991–2017 Nixon death
12 Terry Lee Shell AR 1922–1978 1975–1978 Ford death
13 Elsijane Trimble Roy AR 1916–2007 1977–1989 1989–2007 Carter death
14 Richard S. Arnold AR 1936–2004 1978–1980 Carter appointment to 8th Cir.
15 William Overton AR 1939–1987 1979–1987 Carter death
16 Henry Woods AR 1918–2002 1980–1995 1995–2002 Carter death
17 George Howard, Jr. AR 1924–2007 1980–2007 Carter death
18 Stephen M. Reasoner AR 1944–2004 1988–2002 1991–1998 2002–2004 Reagan death
21 James Maxwell Moody AR 1940–present 1995–2008 2008–2014 Clinton retirement

Chief judges[edit]

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[edit]

United States Attorneys[edit]

Recent former US Attorneys for the district

See also[edit]


  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 - U.S. Code Title 28. Judiciary and Judicial Procedure § 83 - FindLaw". findlaw.com. 
  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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