United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama
The United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama is one of ninety-four United States district courts. 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 Middle District of Alabama.
Article III judges
|Judge Mark Fuller||1958||Enterprise, AL||W. Bush||11/26/2002-Present||2004-2011||Ira DeMent||University of Alabama,1982||University of Alabama Law, 1985|
|Chief Judge William Watkins||1951||Pike County, AL||W. Bush||12/27/2005 - Present||2011 - Present||Harold Albritton||Auburn U., B.S., 1973||University of Alabama Law, J.D., 1976|
|Senior Judge Truman Hobbs||Carter||4/3/1980 - 2/11/1991||1984 - 1991||2/11/1991 - Present||University of North Carolina, 1942||Yale Law School, 1948|
|Senior Judge William Albritton||H.W. Bush||5/14/1991 - 5/17/2004||1998 - 2004||5/17/2004 - Present||University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, B.A., 1959||University of Alabama Law, LL.B., 1960|
|Senior Judge Myron Thompson||Carter||9/29/1980 - 8/22/2013||1991 - 1998||8/22/2013 - Present||Yale, B.A., 1969||Yale Law, J.D., 1972|
|Magistrate Judge Terry F. Moorer|
|Chief Magistrate Judge Susan Walker|
|Magistrate Judge (Recalled) Charles Coody|
|Magistrate Judge Wallace Capel, Jr.||12/13/2006 - Present|
The Middle 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.
Counties that are listed in the Eastern Division have court held in Opelika, the Northern Division counties have court held in Montgomery, while the Southern Division counties have court held in Dothan.
There are three 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.
For a searchable list of opinions, please see Opinions of the Middle District of Alabama.
| • Alabama bingo case (2010)|
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|Judge Thompson ruled on February 1, 2010, that the Alabama Task Force on Illegal Gambling could not be blocked from raiding a bingo resort. The judge found that the matter was not in the jurisdiction of the federal courts. Despite the ruling, the Task Force warned patrons and operators of arrest if they were found to be engaged in bingo activities.|
The District of Alabama was established by Congress on April 21, 1820, with one post to cover the entire state. On February 6, 1839, Congress established the Middle District of Alabama with one judge covering the Middle District and the Northern and Southern Districts as well. On June 5, 1936, Congress assigned an individual judge to cover only the Middle District. Over time, two additional judicial posts were added for a total of three current posts.
The following table highlights the development of judicial posts for the Middle District of Alabama:
|April 21, 1820||3 Stat. 564||1(District of Alabama)|
|February 6, 1839||5 Stat. 315||1(Shared post, 3 Districts)|
|August 2, 1886||24 Stat. 213||1(Shared post, 2 Districts)|
|June 5, 1936||49 Stat. 1476||1|
|March 18, 1966||80 Stat. 75||2(Shared)|
|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 Middle District of Alabama, see former federal judges of the Middle District of Alabama.
- United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama Official Website
- United States Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama Official Website
- District Judges of the Middle District of Alabama
- Magistrate Judges of the Middle District of Alabama
- Opinions of the Middle District of Alabama
- Offices of the United States Attorneys, Official list
- CBS 42, "Judge refuses to block raid on Country Crossings," February 1, 2010
- History of the Districts of Alabama on the Federal Judicial Center website
- United States Courts, Frequently Asked Questions
- United States Courts, "On Being Chief Judge," February 2009
|Magistrate judges||Terry F. Moorer • Susan Walker • Charles Coody • Wallace Capel, Jr. •|
|Former Article III judges||
William Crawford • John Gayle • William Giles Jones • Richard Busteed • George Washington Lane • John Bruce • Joel Dubina • Thomas Goode Jones • Henry De Lamar Clayton • Charles Brents Kennamer • Ira De Ment • Thomas Pittman • Robert Varner • Frank M. Johnson, Jr. •
|Former Chief judges|