District Judge Joseph Bataillon announced he plans to retire from regular active service effective October 3. At that date, Judge Bataillon will take senior status; however, he will maintain a full caseload.
Judge Bataillon was appointed in 2007. He spent seven years as the district's Chief Judge and 12 years in national leadership roles.
His retirement will leave a vacancy on the district court bench, that must be filled with a nomination from President Obama. The President's nominee will have to be confirmed by the United States Senate.
According to District Court statistics, the average Nebraska federal district judge handled 237 criminal cases for the 12-month period that ended June 30. The national caseload average for a federal district judge was 121.