United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi
- 1 Vacancy warning level
- 2 Active judges
- 3 Jurisdiction
- 4 Caseloads
- 5 Notable cases
- 6 History
- 7 Federal courthouse
- 8 See also
- 9 External links
- 10 References
The United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippiis one of ninety-four United States district courts. When decisions of the court are appealed, they are appealed to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals based in downtown New Orleans at the John Minor Wisdom Federal Courthouse.
Vacancy warning level
There are no pending nominations for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi.
Article III judges
|Chief Judge Michael Mills (Mississippi)||1956||Charleston, SC||W. Bush||10/11/2001 - Present||2007 - Present||Neal Biggers||University of Mississippi, B.A., 1978||University of Mississippi Law, J.D., 1980|
|Judge Sharion Aycock||1955||Tupelo, MS||W. Bush||10/22/2007 - Present||Glen Davidson||Mississippi State U., B.A., 1977||Mississippi College Law, J.D., 1980|
|Judge Debra M. Brown||1963||Mississippi||Obama||11/4/2013 - Present||Allen Pepper||Mississippi State U., B.Arch., 1987||University of Mississippi Law, J.D., 1997|
Active Article III judges by appointing political party
This graph displays the percent of active judges by the party of the appointing president and does not reflect how a judge may rule on specific cases or their own political preferences.
|Senior Judge Neal Biggers||Reagan||03/28/1984 - 09/30/2000||1998 - 2000||10/01/2000 - Present||Millsaps College, B.A., 1956||University of Mississippi Law School, J.D., 1963|
|Senior Judge Glen Davidson||Reagan||10/17/1985 - 05/31/2007||2000 - 2007||06/01/2007 - Present||University of Mississippi, B.A., 1962||University of Mississippi Law, J.D., 1965|
Senior judges by appointing political party
This graph displays the percent of senior judges by the party of the appointing president and does not reflect how a judge may rule on specific cases or their own political preferences.
|Magistrate Judge Allan Alexander|
|Magistrate Judge David A. Sanders|
|Magistrate Judge Jane Virden||06/13/2011 - Present|
The Northern District of Mississippi has original jurisdiction over cases filed within its jurisdiction. These cases can include civil and criminal matters that fall under federal law.
- Alcorn County
- Attala County
- Benton County
- Bolivar County
- Calhoun County
- Carroll County
- Chickasaw County
- Choctaw County
- Clay County
- Coahoma County
- DeSoto County
- Grenada County
- Humphreys County
- Itawamba County
- Lafayette County
- Lee County
- LeFlore County
- Lowndes County
- Marshall County
- Monroe County
- Montgomery County
- Oktibbeha County
- Panola County
- Pontotoc County
- Prentiss County
- Quitman County
- Sunflower County
- Tallahatchie County
- Tate County
- Tippah County
- Tishomingo County
- Tunica County
- Union County
- Washington County
- Webster County
- Winston County
- Yalobusha County
|Federal Court Caseload Statistics*|
|Year||Starting case load:||Cases filed:||Total cases:||Cases terminated:||Remaining cases:||Median time(Criminal)**:||Median time(Civil)**:||3 Year Civil cases#:||Vacant posts:##||Trials/Post|
|*All statistics are taken from the Official Federal Courts' Website and reflect the calendar year through September. **Time in months from filing to completion.|
#This statistic includes cases which have been appealed in higher courts. ##This is the total number of months that any judicial posts had spent vacant that year.
For a searchable list of opinions, please see Opinions of the Southern District of Mississippi.
Federal courts in Mississippi were established by Congress on April 3, 1818, with one post to cover the entire state. On June 18, 1838, Congress divided the district into the Northern District of Mississippi and the Southern District of Mississippi. Over time, two additional judicial posts were added to the Northern District for the current total of three.
The following table highlights the development of judicial posts for the Northern District of Mississippi:
|April 3, 1818||3 Stat. 413||1(Whole State)|
|June 18, 1838||5 Stat. 247||1(Shared)|
|March 1, 1929||45 Stat. 1422||1|
|March 18, 1966||80 Stat. 75||2|
|July 10, 1984||98 Stat. 333||3|
Former chief judges
In order to qualify for the office of chief judge in one of the federal courts, 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 in the office of chief judge 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. Unlike the Chief Justice of the United States, a chief judge returns to active service after the expiration of his or her term and does not create a vacancy on the bench by the fact of his or her promotion.
For more information on the judges of the Northern District of Mississippi, see former federal judges of the Northern District of Mississippi.
The Northern District of Mississippi has three federal courthouse.
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi
- Judges of the Northern District of Mississippi
- Opinions of the Southern District of Mississippi
|Magistrate judges||Allan Alexander • David A. Sanders • Jane Virden •|
|Former Article III judges||
George Adams • Samuel Jameson Gholson • Robert Andrews Hill • Henry Clay Niles • Edwin Ruthven Holmes • Lyonel Senter • Allen Pepper • Orma Rinehart Smith • William Colbert Keady • Claude Feemster Clayton • Elijah Allen Cox •
|Former Chief judges|