United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee

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Eastern District of Tennessee
Sixth Circuit
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Judges: 4
Posts: 5
Vacancies: 1
Active judges
Chief: Thomas Varlan
Senior Judges
Magistrate Judges
Chief Magistrate: Dennis Inman
Former Judges
Key:
(Numbers indicate % of seats vacant.)
0%0%-10%
10%-25%25%-40%
More than 40%

The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee is one of ninety-four United States district courts.

The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court. The current district attorney is William C. Killian.[1]

Vacancy warning level

The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee's vacancy warning level is yellow. The court currently has one vacancy of its five posts.

Pending nominations

There are no pending nominations for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee.


Active judges

Article III judges

JudgeBornHomeAppointed byActiveChiefPreceededBachelorsLaw
Judge Harry Mattice1954Chattanooga, TNW. Bush 11/18/2005 - PresentAllan EdgarUniversity of Tennessee, B.S., 1976University of Tennessee College of Law, J.D., 1981
Judge Ronnie Greer1952Mountain City, TNW. Bush 6/12/2003 - PresentThomas HullEast Tennessee State U., B.S., 1974University of Tennessee College of Law, J.D., 1980
Chief Judge Thomas Varlan1956Oak Ridge, TNW. Bush 3/14/2003 - Present10/8/2012 - PresentRobert Leon JordanUniversity of Tennessee, B.A., 1978Vanderbilt U. School of Law, J.D., 1981
Judge Pamela L. Reeves1954Marion, VirginiaObama 3/5/3014-PresentThomas W. PhillipsUniversity of Tennessee, 1976University of Tennessee Law, 1979


Senior judges

JudgeAppointed byActiveChiefSeniorBachelorsLaw
Judge Curtis CollierClinton 5/10/1995-10/31/20142005-10/7/201210/31/2014-PresentTennessee State University, 1971Duke University School of Law, 1974
Senior Judge Allan EdgarReagan 4/16/1985 - 10/7/20051998 - 200510/7/2005 - PresentDavidson College, B.A., 1962Duke U. School of Law, LL.B., 1965
Senior Judge Robert Leon JordanReagan 10/17/1988 - 11/30/200111/30/2001 - PresentUniversity of Tennessee, B.S., 1958University of Tennessee College of Law, J.D., 1960
Senior Judge Thomas W. PhillipsW. Bush 11/15/2002-7/31/20137/31/2013 - PresentBerea College, B.A., 1965Vanderbilt U. Law School, J.D., 1969


Magistrate judges

JudgeActiveBachelorsLaw
Magistrate Judge Susan K. Lee
Magistrate Judge William Carter
Magistrate Judge Dennis Inman
Magistrate Judge Bruce Guyton06/2003 - PresentRhodes College, B.A., 1978University of Virginia Law, J.D., 1981
Magistrate Judge Clifford Shirley02/13/2002 - PresentLipscomb U., B.A., 1974University of Tennessee Law, J.D., 1977


Jurisdiction

The Counties of the Eastern District of Tennessee (click for larger map)

The Eastern District of Tennessee has original jurisdiction over cases filed within its jurisdiction. These cases can include civil and criminal matters that fall under federal law.

Based in Knoxville, the Eastern District of Tennessee maintains branch facilities in Chattanooga, Greenville, and Winchester.

There are four court divisions, each covering the following counties:

The Northeastern Division, covering Carter, Cocke, Greene, Hamblen, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi and Washington Counties.

The Northern Division, covering Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Claiborne, Grainger, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, Monroe, Morgan, Roane, Scott, Sevier and Union Counties.

The Southern Division, covering Bledsoe, Bradley, Hamilton, McMinn, Marion, Meigs, Polk, Rhea and Sequatchie Counties.

The Winchester Division, covering Bedford, Coffee, Franklin, Grundy, Lincoln, Moore, Warren and Van Buren Counties.

Caseloads

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Federal Court Caseload Statistics*
YearStarting case load:Cases filed:Total cases:Cases terminated:Remaining cases:Median time(Criminal)**:Median time(Civil)**:3 Year Civil cases#:Vacant posts:## Trials/Post
2013 2720262253422587 27559.610.5104 (5.3%)213
2012 2712258152932586 270710.610.664 (3.4%)018
2011 2635246150962386 271010.812.257 (3.3%)018
2010 2538238549232288 26359.811.165 (4.0%)025
2009 2248238546332088 254510.111.668 (4.5%)023
2008 2124208642101966 22449.211.669 (4.9%)020
2007190820293937201219259.312.463 (4.6%)023
*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.

Notable cases

For a searchable list of opinions, please see Justia.com-Dockets and Filings-Eastern District of Tennessee.

History

The State of Tennessee was organized as a single judicial district with one judgeship on January 31, 1797. This judicial district was not yet assigned to a judicial circuit, and therefore was granted that same jurisdiction as the United States circuit courts, excluding in appeals and writs of error which are the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court.

The Judiciary Act of 1801 on February 13 removed the district court in Tennessee and then authorized the United States Circuit Court for the Sixth Circuit to hold court in the Eastern District of Tennessee and the Western District of Tennessee. The full jurisdiction of the district and circuit courts was applied to these districts.

The Judiciary Act of 1801 was repealed on March 8, 1802, and thus restored the judicial organization that had remained in effect before 1801. This reestablished the U.S. District Court for the District of Tennessee, with circuit court trial jurisdiction.

On April 29, 1802, Statute 2 Stat. 165 divided the state of Tennessee into the Eastern District of Tennessee and the Western District of Tennessee. One judgeship was assigned to each of the districts.

The act on February 24, 1807 repealed the circuit court jurisdiction of the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District of Tennessee and the Western District of Tennessee. The districts were assigned to the Seventh Circuit and a United States Circuit Court of the District of Tennessee was established.

Congress assigned the judicial districts of Tennessee to the Eighth Circuit on March 3, 1837. The Middle District of Tennessee was established on June 18, 1839 and the existing judgeship was made to serve all three judicial districts.

On July 15, 1862, Congress assigned the judicial districts of Tennessee to the Sixth Circuit. Over time four additional judicial posts were added to the Eastern District of Tennessee for a total of five current posts.[4]

Judicial posts

The following table highlights the development of judicial posts for the Eastern District of Tennessee:[4]

Year Statute Total Seats
April 29, 1802 2 Stat. 165 1
May 31, 1938 52 Stat. 584 2(1 temporary)
November 27, 1940 54 Stat. 1216 2
May 19, 1961 75 Stat. 80 3
July 10, 1984 98 Stat. 333 4
December 1, 1990 104 Stat. 5089 5


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.[5][6]

Former judges

For more information the judges of the Eastern District of Tennessee, see former federal judges of the Eastern District of Tennessee.

Federal courthouse

Four separate courthouses serve the Eastern District of Tennessee.

See also

External links

References


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