United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida

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Middle District of Florida
Eleventh Circuit
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Chief:Anne ConwayJudges:13
Posts:15Vacancies:2
Active judges
ChappellCorriganCovingtonDaltonDavisHoneywellHowardKovachevichMerrydayScrivenSteeleWhittemore
Senior Judges
AntoonAdamsBucklewCastagnaFawsettHodgesLazzaraMeltonMoodyMoorePresnellSchlesingerSharpYoung
Magistrate Judges
BakerFrazierJenkinsKelleyKlindtLammensMcCounMorrisPizzoPorcelliRichardsonSpauldingToomeyWilson
Former Judges
Key:
(Numbers indicate % of seats vacant.)
0%0%-10%
10%-25%25%-40%
More than 40%
Contents
1 Court
1.1 Vacancy warning level
1.2 Jurisdiction
1.2.1 Cases heard
1.2.2 Case load
1.3 Clerk's office
1.4 History
1.4.1 Court history
1.4.2 Judicial posts
1.4.3 Notable decisions
1.4.4 Federal courthouse
1.5 Major news
1.6 See also
1.7 External links
1.8 References
2 Judges
The United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida is a United States district court.

The United States Attorney for the Middle District of Florida represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court. The current district attorney is Lee Bentley .[1]

Vacancy warning level

The United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida's vacancy warning level is currently set at yellow. The court currently has two vacancies of its fifteen posts.

Jurisdiction

The Counties of the Middle District of Florida (click for larger map)

The geographic jurisdiction of the Middle District of Florida consists of all the following counties in the middle part of the state of Florida.

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

The Fort Myers Division, covering Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hendry, and Lee Counties

The Jacksonville Division, covering Baker, Bradford, Clay, Columbia, Duval, Flagler, Hamilton, Nassau, Putnam, St. Johns, Suwannee, and Union Counties

The Ocala Division, covering Citrus, Lake, Marion, and Sumter Counties

The Orlando Division, covering Brevard, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, and Volusia Counties

The Tampa Division, covering Hardee, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, and Sarasota Counties

It holds court in Fernandina, Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Live Oak, Ocala, Orlando, St. Petersburg, and Tampa Bay.

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.

Cases heard

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

Case load

Federal Court Case Load 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
2012 1753495262706016800 102607.838.42571 (29.8%)15.424
2011 17997100602805710535 175226.99.58971 (57.5%)721
2010 1392597662369110208 134837.17.46164 (37.8%)725
2009 13853101332398610076 139107.28.21067 (8.8%)1220
2008 136169918235349788 137466.88.7220 (1.8%)3.122
2007663114593212249440117847.36.8107 (.9%)4.521
*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.
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Clerk's office

The Middle District of Florida has four separate courthouses with clerical contacts and directions for each. The official clerk of court is Sheryl L. Loesch. Courts are open five days a week excluding federal holidays. Please consult the chart below for more information:

Branch Address Mailing Address Phone Hours
Jacksonville Division Bryan Simpson United States Courthouse

300 North Hogan Street
Jacksonville, FL 32202

904-549-1900 8:30a.m. - 4p.m.
Ocala Division Golden-Collum Memorial Federal Building & U.S.Courthouse

207 N. W. Second Street
Ocala, Florida 34475

352-369-4860 8:30a.m. - 4p.m.
Orlando Division U.S. Courthouse

401 West Central Boulevard
Suite 1200
Orlando, Florida 32801-0120

407-835-4200 8:30a.m. - 4p.m.
Tampa Division Sam M. Gibbons U.S. Courthouse

801 North Florida Avenue
Tampa, Florida 33602

813-301-5400 8:30a.m. - 4:30p.m.
West Palm Beach Division Paul G. Rogers Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse

701 Clematis Street Room 202
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

(561) 803-3400 8:30a.m. - 4:30p.m. (Office)
7:30a.m. - 5p.m. (courts)

History

Court history

The District of Florida was established by Congress on March 3, 1845, with one post to cover the entire state. On July 30, 1962, Congress established the Middle District of Florida with four seats, transferring posts from the then Southern District of Florida and assigning the judges of the Northern and Southern districts to help cover the Middle District of Florida. Over time, 11 additional judicial posts were added for a total of 15 current posts.[2]

Judicial posts

The following table highlights the development of judicial posts for the Middle District of Florida:

Year Statute Total Seats
March 3, 1845 5 Stat. 788 1(District of Florida)
July 30, 1962 76 Stat. 247 4
March 18, 1966 80 Stat. 75 5
June 2, 1970 84 Stat. 294 6
October 20, 1978 92 Stat. 1629 9
December 1, 1990 104 Stat. 5089 11
November 29, 1999 113 Stat. 1501 15
[2]

Notable cases

For a searchable list of opinions, please see Opinions of the Middle District of Florida.



Federal courthouse

Major news

For new stories and other related material see Florida judicial news.

See also

External links

References

Middle District of Florida
Eleventh Circuit
Fl-MD.gif
Chief:Anne ConwayJudges:13
Posts:15Vacancies:2
Active judges
ChappellCorriganCovingtonDaltonDavisHoneywellHowardKovachevichMerrydayScrivenSteeleWhittemore
Senior Judges
AntoonAdamsBucklewCastagnaFawsettHodgesLazzaraMeltonMoodyMoorePresnellSchlesingerSharpYoung
Magistrate Judges
BakerFrazierJenkinsKelleyKlindtLammensMcCounMorrisPizzoPorcelliRichardsonSpauldingToomeyWilson
Former Judges
Key:
(Numbers indicate % of seats vacant.)
0%0%-10%
10%-25%25%-40%
More than 40%
Contents
1 Court
2 Judges
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

Active judges

Article III judges

JudgeBornHomeAppointed byActiveChiefPreceededBachelorsLaw
Judge Elizabeth Kovachevich1936Canton, ILReagan 3/9/1982 - Present1996 - 2002George YoungU. of Miami, B.A., 1958Stetson U. Law, J.D., 1961
Chief Judge Anne Conway1950Cleveland, OHH.W. Bush 11/25/1991 - Present2008 - PresentGeorge CarrJohn Carroll U., B.A., 1972U. of Florida Law, J.D., 1975
Judge Steven Merryday1950Palatka, FLH.W. Bush 2/10/1992 - PresentNew Seat|104 Stat. 5089U. of Florida, B.A., 1972U. of Florida Law, J.D., 1975
Judge James Whittemore1952Walterboro, SCClinton 5/25/2000-PresentNew Seat|113 Stat. 1501U. of Florida, B.S.B.A., 1974Stetson U. Law, J.D., 1977
Judge John Steele1949Detroit, MIClinton 7/26/2000 - PresentNew Seat|113 Stat. 1501U. of Detroit, B.A., 1971U. of Detroit Law, J.D., 1973
Judge Tim Corrigan1956Jacksonville, FLW. Bush 9/13/2002 - PresentNew Seat|113 Stat. 1501Notre Dame, B.A., 1978Duke Law, J.D., 1981
Judge Virginia Covington1955Tampa, FLW. Bush 9/10/2004 - PresentRalph NimmonsU. of Tampa, B.A., 1976Georgetown U. Law, 1980
Judge Marcia Howard1965Jacksonville, FLW. Bush 2/20/2007 - PresentHarvey SchlesingerVanderbilt U., B.A., 1987U. of Florida Law, B.A., 1990
Judge Mary Scriven1962Atlanta, GAW. Bush 09/30/2008 - PresentPatricia FawsettDuke U., B.A., 1983Florida State U. Law, J.D., 1987
Judge Sheri Chappell1962Sheboygan, WIObama 5/20/2013 - PresentU. of Wisconsin, B.A., 1984Nova Southeastern U., J.D., 1987
Judge Charlene Honeywell1957Deerfield Beach, FLObama 11/12/2009 - PresentSusan BucklewHoward U., B.A., 1979U. of Florida Law, J.D., 1981
Judge Roy Bale Dalton, Jr.1952Jacksonville, FLObama 5/2/2011 - PresentHenry AdamsU. of Florida, B.A., 1974U. of Florida Law, J.D., 1976
Judge Brian J. DavisJanuary 28, 1953Jacksonville, FLObama 12/20/2013 - PresentRichard LazzaraPrinceton, 1974U. of Florida Law, 1980

Pending appointments

JudgeConfirmationBachelorsLaw
Carlos E. MendozaWest Virginia University, B.A., 1993West Virginia University, J.D., 1997
Paul G. ByronU. of Michigan, A.B., 1983LSU Law, J.D., 1986


Senior judges

JudgeAppointed byActiveChiefSeniorBachelorsLaw
Senior Judge Patricia FawsettReagan 6/9/1986 - 8/25/20082003 - 20088/25/2008 - PresentUniversity of Florida, B.A., 1965Florida Law School, J.D., 1973
Senior Judge George YoungKennedy 10/29/1962 - 10/19/19811973 - 198110/19/1981 - PresentUniversity of Florida, A.B., 1938University of Florida College of Law, LL.B., 1940
Senior Judge Howell MeltonCarter 4/26/1977 - 2/1/19912/1/1991 - PresentUniversity of Florida College of Law, J.D., 1948
Senior Judge William CastagnaCarter 7/24/1979 - 6/29/19926/29/1992 - PresentUniversity of Florida, B.A., 1949University of Florida, J.D., 1967
Senior Judge John MooreReagan 12/1/1981 - 12/31/19951992 - 199512/31/1995 - PresentSyracuse University, B.S., 1952University of Florida College of Law, J.D., 1961
Senior Judge William HodgesNixon 12/15/1971 - 5/2/19991982 - 19895/2/1999 - PresentUniversity of Florida, B.S.B.A., 1956University of Florida College of Law, J.D., 1958
Senior Judge George SharpReagan 11/16/1983 - 1/1/20001/1/2000 - PresentYale University, B.A., 1957University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1963
Senior Judge Harvey SchlesingerH.W. Bush 7/2/1991 - 6/5/20066/5/2006 - PresentThe Citadel, B.A., 1962T.C. Williams School of Law, J.D., 1965
Senior Judge Susan BucklewClinton 11/24/1993 - 8/1/20088/1/2008 - PresentFlorida State University, B.A., 1964Stetson University College of Law, J.D., 1977
Senior Judge Henry AdamsClinton 11/24/1993 - 4/8/20104/8/2010 - PresentFlorida Agricultural and Mechanical University, B.A., 1966Howard University School of Law, J.D., 1969
Senior Judge Richard LazzaraClinton 9/27/1997 - 12/17/201112/17/2011 - PresentLoyola U.-New Orleans, B.A., 1967U. of Florida Law, J.D., 1970
Senior Judge John AntoonClinton 5/31/2000 - 6/3/20136/3/2013 - PresentFlorida Southern College, B.A., 1968Florida State U. Law, J.D., 1971
Senior Judge James S. MoodyClinton 7/28/2000 - 3/31/2014U. of Florida, B.A., 1969U. of Florida Law, J.D., 1972
Senior Judge Gregory PresnellClinton 7/31/2000 - 4/1/20124/1/2012 - PresentCollege of William and Mary, 1964U. of Florida Law, 1966


Magistrate judges

JudgeActiveBachelorsLaw
Magistrate Judge Thomas G. Wilson04/1979 - PresentMichigan State U., B.A., 1961Duke U. Law, L.L.B., 1964
Magistrate Judge Thomas McCoun, III02/01/1994 - PresentGeorgia Tech U., B.S., 1973Stetson U. Law, J.D., 1977
Magistrate Judge David A. Baker1991 - PresentU. of North Carolina, B.A., 1973U. of Virginia Law, J.D., 1976
Magistrate Judge Elizabeth Jenkins1985 - PresentVanderbilt U., B.A., 1971U. of Florida Law, J.D., 1976
Magistrate Judge Mark Pizzo05/1995 - PresentLoyola U., B.A., 1974Loyola U. Law, JD., 1977
Magistrate Judge Karla Spaulding12/1997 - PresentWestern Michigan U., B.A., 1975Northwestern U. Law, J.D., 1980
Magistrate Judge Doug Frazier01/08/2000 - PresentU.S. Naval Academy, B.A., 1972U. of Mississippi Law, J.D., 1979
Magistrate Judge Thomas Morris03/08/2001 - Present
Magistrate Judge Greg Kelley01/14/2008 - PresentSUNY at Buffalo, B.S., 1984U. of Toledo Law, J.D., 1988
Magistrate Judge James Klindt10/31/2007 - Present
Magistrate Judge Monte Richardson06/02/2003 - Present
Magistrate Judge Anthony E. Porcelli08/08/2009 - Present
Magistrate Judge Joel Toomey7/6/2010 - PresentDuke Law School, 1982
Magistrate Judge Philip Lammens07/02/2012 - PresentUniversity of FloridaUniversity of Florida


Past judges

Former Chief judges

Former Chief JudgesTerm
John Bryan Simpson1962-1966
William McRae1971 - 1973
Joseph Lieb1966 - 1971
Isaac Krentzman1981 - 1982
George Carr1989 - 1990
Susan Black1990-1992
Elizabeth Kovachevich1996 - 2002
William Hodges1982 - 1989
John Moore1992 - 1995
George Young1973 - 1981
Patricia Fawsett2003 - 2008

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.[1][2]



Former judges


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