United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama
The United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama is the United States district court.
Vacancy warning level
The United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama's vacancy warning level is currently set at green. The court currently has no vacancies, with all of the posts currently filled.
There are two court divisions, each covering the following counties:
The Southern District of Alabama has original jurisdiction over cases filed within its jurisdiction. These cases can include civil and criminal matters that fall under federal law.
|Federal Court Case Load 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.
The Southern District of Alabama has two separate courthouses. The Mobile courthouse is the official contact for the court. Charles R. Diard, Jr. is the official clerk of court. Please consult the chart below for more information:
|Mobile Division||United States District Court
Southern District of Alabama
|Selma Division||908 Alabama Avenue
Selma, AL 36701
|United States District Court
Southern District of Alabama
The District of Alabama was established by Congress on April 21, 1820 with one post to cover the entire state. On March 10, 1824 Congress divided the district into the Northern District of Alabama and the Southern District of Alabama with one judicial post for each district. Over time 2 additional judicial posts were added for a total of 3 current posts.
The following table highlights the development of judicial posts for the Southern District of Alabama:
|April 21, 1820||3 Stat. 564||1(District of Alabama)|
|March 10, 1824||4 Stat. 9||1|
|March 18, 1966||80 Stat. 75||2|
|July 10, 1984||98 Stat. 333||3|
For a searchable list of opinions, please see Opinions of the Southern District of Alabama.
| • Steroid case (2009) Judge(s):Callie Granade|
*USA v. Tucker 1:08-cr-00160-CG
|Judge Granade sentenced a Colorado doctor to 21 months (1 year, 7 months) in federal prison for dispensing anabolic steroids outside his professional practice. Dr. Kelly Wade Tucker of Colorado signed a plea agreement which resulted in the sentence. The case was a probe into a Mobile-area pharmacy that shipped steroids illegally to hundreds of people.  An affidavit said that Brett Branch, a business associate sent Tucker order forms for patients seeking steroids and human growth hormone.|
For new stories and other related material see Alabama judicial news.
- United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama Official Website
- US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Alabama
- Judges of the Southern District of Alabama
- Opinions of the Southern District of Alabama
|2.1 Active Judges|
|2.1.1 Article III judges|
|2.1.2 Pending appointments|
|2.1.3 Senior judges|
|2.2 Past judges|
|2.2.1 Former Chief judges|
|2.2.2 Former judges|
Article III judgesThe United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama has 3 posts. This is a list of the current judges on the court:
|Judge Callie Granade||1950||Lexington, VA||W. Bush||2/12/2002 - Present||2003 - 2010||Alex Howard||Hollins College, B.A., 1972||U. of Texas Law, J.D., 1975|
|Chief Judge William Steele||1951||Tuscumbia, AL||W. Bush||3/14/2003 - Present||2010-Present||Richard Vollmer||U. of Southern Mississippi, B.A., 1972||U. of Alabama Law, J.D., 1980|
|Judge Kristi DuBose||1964||Brewton, AL||W. Bush||12/27/2005 - Present||Charles Butler, Jr.||Huntington College, B.A., 1986||Emory U. Law, J.D., 1989|
There are no current pending appointments for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama.
Senior judgesSee: Federal judges on senior status
The United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama has 1 judge on senior status currently. This is a list of the current senior judges on the court:
|Senior Judge Charles Butler||Reagan||10/17/1988 - 3/28/2005||1994 - 2003||3/28/2005 - Present||Washington and Lee University, B.A., 1962||University of Alabama School of Law, LL.B., 1966|
|Magistrate Judge William Cassady|
|Magistrate Judge Bert Milling|
|Magistrate Judge Katherine Nelson|
|Magistrate Judge Sonja Bivins||10/2003 - Present||Spring Hill College||U. of Alabama Law, J.D.|
Former Chief judges
|Alex Howard||1989 - 1994|
|Daniel Thomas||1966 - 1971|
|William Hand||1981 - 1989|
|Thomas Pittman||1971 - 1981|
|Charles Butler||1994 - 2003|
|Callie Granade||2003 - 2010|
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. See 28 U.S.C. § 45.
These rules for Chief Judges in the federal judiciary have been in effect since October 1, 1982. The office of Chief Judge was created in 1948. Until August 6, 1959, the position was filled in each federal court by 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. From then until 1982 it was filled by the senior such judge who had not turned 70.
|Magistrate judges||William Cassady • Bert Milling • Katherine Nelson • Sonja Bivins •|
|Former Article III judges||
William Crawford • Charles Tait • John Gayle • William Giles Jones • Richard Busteed • George Washington Lane • John Bruce • Emmett Cox • Harry Theophilus Toulmin • Robert Tait Ervin • John McDuffie • Thomas Pittman • William Hand • Daniel Thomas • Richard Vollmer • Alex Howard •
|Former Chief judges|