United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia
- 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 Southern District of Georgia is one of ninety-four United States district courts. The district operates out of courthouses in Augusta, Brunswick, Dublin, Savannah, Waycross and Statesboro, Ga. When decisions of the court are appealed, they are appealed to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals based in downtown Atlanta at the Elbert P. Tuttle Federal Courthouse.
Vacancy warning level
There are no pending nominations for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia.
Article III judges
|Judge William Moore (Georgia)||1940||Bainbridge, GA||Clinton||10/11/1994 - Present||2004 - 2010||Anthony Alaimo||University of Georgia Law, 1964|
|Judge James Randal Hall||1958||Augusta, GA||W. Bush||4/23/2008 - Present||Berry Edenfield||Augusta State U., 1979||University of Georgia School of Law, 1982|
|Chief Judge Lisa Wood||1963||Lexington, KY||W. Bush||2/8/2007 - Present||2010-Present||Dudley Bowen||University of Georgia, B.A., 1985||University of Georgia Law, J.D., 1990|
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 Berry Edenfield||Carter||10/11/1978 - 8/2/2009||1990 - 1997||8/2/2009 - Present||University of Georgia, bachelor's Business Administration, 1956||University of Georgia, LL.B., 1958|
|Senior Judge Dudley Bowen||Carter||11/27/1979 - 6/25/2006||1997 - 2004||6/25/2006 - Present||University of Georgia, 1964||University of Georgia, 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 James E. Graham|
|Magistrate Judge G.R. Smith|
|Magistrate Judge Brian K. Epps||6/6/2013-Present||University of Georgia||University of Georgia Law School|
|Magistrate judge Stan Baker||2/2015-Present|
The Southern District of Georgia has original jurisdiction over cases filed within its jurisdiction. These cases can include civil and criminal matters that fall under federal law.
There are six court divisions, each covering the following counties:
|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.
| • Troy Davis execution appeal (2010)|
Judge(s):William Moore (In Re: Troy Anthony Davis, 4:09-cv-00130-WTM)
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|In August 2010, Judge Moore rejected claims of innocence by Troy Davis, convicted of killing a police officer, in an unusual hearing ordered by the Supreme Court of the United States. By that time, Davis had spent 19 years in prison and was scheduled to be executed, though many believed him not to be guilty. Due to new evidence against his conviction as well as several key witnesses recanting their testimony, the Supreme Court ordered a hearing by a federal judge on Davis' claims of innocence. It was the first time in 50 years such a hearing was ordered. Judge Moore finally rejected the claims saying, "Ultimately, while Mr. Davis' new evidence casts some additional, minimal doubt on his conviction, it is largely smoke and mirrors. The vast majority of the evidence at trial remains largely intact, and the new evidence is largely not credible or [is] lacking in probative value." Judge Moore suggested that Davis appeal directly to the U.S. Supreme Court. Ultimately, Davis did appeal to the Supreme Court of the United States. A stay of execution was denied, and Davis was put to death in September 2011.|
The District of Georgia was established by the Judiciary Act of 1789 and established the entire state as one district with one post. On August 11, 1848, Congress reorganized the District of Georgia into the Northern District of Georgia and the Southern District of Georgia with one post split between the two districts. On April 25, 1882, Congress assigned a new post to the Northern District of Georgia and permanently assigned the previous post to the Southern District of Georgia. Since then, two additional posts were added to the court for a total of three posts.
The following table highlights the development of judicial posts for the Southern District of Georgia:
|April 25, 1882||22 Stat. 47||1|
|March 3, 1915||38 Stat. 959||2|
|1918||Temporary post expired||1|
|June 2, 1970||84 Stat. 294||2|
|October 20, 1978||92 Stat. 1629||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 about the judges of the Southern District of Georgia, see former federal judges of the Southern District of Georgia.
There are six federal courthouses that serve the Southern District of Georgia.
- United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia
- US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Georgia
- Opinions of the Southern District of Georgia (dead link)
- Offices of the United States Attorneys, Official list
- Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "Judge rejects Troy Davis' innocence claim," August 24, 2010
- ABC News, "Troy Davis Executed After Stay Denied by Supreme Court," September 21, 2011
- History of the Districts of Georgia on the Federal Judicial Center website
- United States Courts, "Frequently Asked Questions"
- United States Courts, "On Being Chief Judge," February 2009
|Magistrate judges||James E. Graham • G.R. Smith • Brian K. Epps • Stan Baker •|
|Former Article III judges|
|Former Chief judges|
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