United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia
- 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 Western District of Virginia is one of ninety-four United States district courts. When decisions of the court are appealed, they are appealed to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals based in downtown Richmond, Virginia at the Lewis F. Powell Federal Courthouse.
Vacancy warning level
There are no pending nominations for the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia.
Article III judges
|Judge James Jones||1940||Tampa, FL||Clinton||08/01/1996 - Present||2004 - 2010||James Michael||Duke, A.B., 1962||University of Virginia School of Law, LL.B., 1965|
|Chief Judge Glen Conrad||1949||Radford, VA||W. Bush||09/24/2003 - Present||2010 - Present||James Turk||The College of William and Mary, B.A., 1971||The College of William and Mary, Marshall Wythe Law, J.D., 1974|
|Judge Michael Urbanski||1956||Livorno, Italy||Obama||05/11/2011 - Present||Norman Moon||College of William and Mary 1978||University of Virginia Law, J.D., 1981|
|Judge Elizabeth K. Dillon||1960||Omaha, NE||Obama||12/16/2014-Present||Samuel Wilson||Lenoir-Rhyne College, 1983||Wake Forest University|
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 Jackson Kiser||Reagan||12/03/1981 - 04/29/1997||1993 - 1997||04/30/1997 - Present||Concord College, B.A., 1951||Washington and Lee U. Law, LL.B., 1952|
|Senior Judge Norman Moon||Clinton||11/12/1997 - 05/31/2010||06/01/2010 - Present||University of Virginia, B.A., 1959||University of Virginia Law, J.D., 1962|
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 Pamela Sargent||12/15/1997 - Present|
|Magistrate Judge James Welsh|
|Magistrate Judge Robert Ballou|
|Magistrate Judge Joel C. Hoppe||11/6/2013 - Present||University of Richmond Law, J.D., 2002|
The Western District of Virginia has original jurisdiction over cases filed within its jurisdiction. These cases can include civil and criminal matters that fall under federal law.
There are seven court divisions, each covering the following counties and cities:
The Harrisonburg Division, covering Augusta, Bath, Clarke, Frederick, Highland, Page, Rockingham and Shenandoah and Warren counties, in addition to the cities of Harrisonburg, Staunton, Waynesboro and Winchester.
The Roanoke Division, covering Alleghany, Bland, Botetourt, Carroll, Craig, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Grayson, Montgomery, Pulaski, Roanoke, and Wythe counties, in addition to the cities of Clifton Forge, Covington, Galax, Radford, Roanoke and Salem.
|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 Western District of Virginia.
The District of Virginia was established by Congress on September 24, 1789, with one post to cover the entire state. On February 4, 1819, Congress divided the district into the Eastern District of Virginia and the Western District of Virginia with one post each. In June 11, 1864, Congress again redefined the boundaries of the district, transitioning a portion of the Western District of Virginia to the newly formed District of West Virginia and consolidating the entire state of Virginia into one district. On February 3, 1871, Congress again divided the district into its current state, with the Eastern District of Virginia and the Western District of Virginia each holding one post to begin. Over time three additional judicial posts were added to the Western District of Virginia for a total of four current posts.
The following table highlights the development of judicial posts for the Western District of Virginia:
|September 24, 1789||1 Stat. 73||1 (Whole state)|
|February 4, 1819||3 Stat. 478||1|
|June 11, 1864||13 Stat. 124 (Consolidation due to creation of West Virginia)||1(Whole state)|
|February 3, 1871||16 Stat. 403||1|
|May 31, 1938||52 Stat. 584||2|
|October 20, 1978||92 Stat. 1629||4|
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 Western District of Virginia, see former federal judges of the Western District of Virginia.
There are seven federal courthouses that serve the Western District of Virginia.
- United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia Official Website
- United States Attorney for the Western District of Virginia Official Website
- History of Marshals for the Western District of Virginia (timed out)
- Opinions of the Western District of Virginia
- Article III Judges of the Western District of Virginia
|Magistrate judges||Pamela Sargent • James Welsh • Robert Ballou • Joel C. Hoppe •|
|Former Article III judges||
John George Jackson • Alexander Caldwell • Philip Clayton Pendleton • Isaac Samuels Pennybacker • John White Brockenbrough • John Jay Jackson • Alexander Rives • John Paul • Henry Clay McDowell • James Turk • Glen M. Williams • Samuel Wilson • John Paul, Jr. • Armistead Dobie • Floyd Roberts • Alfred Barksdale • Ted Dalton • James Michael • Thomas Michie • Roby Thompson • Hiram Widener •
|Former Chief judges|
State of Virginia
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