United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana

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Middle District of Louisiana
Fifth Circuit
LA-MD Seal.gif
Chief:Brian JacksonJudges:2
Posts:3Vacancies:1
Active judges
Dick
Senior Judges
BradyParker
Magistrate Judges
BourgeoisRiedlinger
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 Court for the Middle District of Louisiana is a United States district court. When decisions of the court are appealed, they are appealed to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals based in Downtown New Orleans at the John Minor Wisdom Federal Courthouse.

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

Vacancy warning level

The United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana's vacancy warning level is currently set at orange with one vacancy.

Jurisdiction

The Parishes of the Middle District of Louisiana (click for larger map)

The geographic jurisdiction of the Middle District of Louisiana consists of all the following parishes in the middle part of the state of Louisiana.[2].


Court is held at the United States Courthouse in Baton Rouge.

Cases heard

The Middle District of Louisiana 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 1227115023771191 11868.211.469 (7.8%)1230
2011 1258111823761143 123311.911.686 (9.3%)2.435
2010 1236119724331167 126612.98.199 (10.4%)8.426
2009 1217127824951237 1258135.372 (7.9%)1219
2008 2955114741022663 143914166.477(9.0%)1218
20079211126710478755629229.4127.61561 (65.7%)8.525
*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.
LAM Terminations Filed.jpg LAM Median Times.jpg

Clerk's office

The Middle District of Louisiana has only one courthouse. Nick J. Lorio is the official clerk of court and can be reached at (225) 389-3500. Clerks' offices are open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. until noon and 1:00 p.m. until 4:30 p.m, excluding federal holidays. The contact information for the court is below:

U.S. District Court

777 Florida Street
Suite 139

Baton Rouge, LA 70801[3]

History

Court history

See also, History of the Middle District of Louisiana

Federal courts in Lousiana were established by Congress on March 26, 1804 with one post to cover the territory of Orleans. This was the one and only time that Congress granted a district court with the same jurisdiction as the state courts to a territory. On March 3, 1823 Congress divided the district into the Eastern District of Louisiana and the Western District of Louisiana. On February 13, 1845, Congress consolidated the districts into one district, with one post over the entire state. On March 3, 1849 Congress again divided the district into the Eastern District of Louisiana and the Western District of Louisiana only to reunite it into one district again on July 27, 1866. Finally, congress divided the district for the last time on March 3, 1881. Then on December 18, 1971 Congress split the Middle District of Louisiana from the two existing districts, resulting in the current jurisdictions. Over time 2 additional judicial posts were added to the Middle District of Louisiana for a total of 3 current posts.[4]

Judicial posts

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

Year Statute Total Seats
March 26, 1804 2 Stat. 283 1(Whole State)
December 18, 1971 85 Stat. 741 1
October 20, 1978 92 Stat. 1629 2
October 6, 1997 111 Stat. 1173 3
[4]

Notable cases

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



Federal courthouse

The Middle District of Louisiana has only one federal courthouse.

Major news

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

See also

External link

References

Middle District of Louisiana
Fifth Circuit
LA-MD Seal.gif
Chief:Brian JacksonJudges:2
Posts:3Vacancies:1
Active judges
Dick
Senior Judges
BradyParker
Magistrate Judges
BourgeoisRiedlinger
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
Chief Judge Brian Jackson1960New Orleans, LAObama 06/15/2010 - Present2011 - PresentFrank PolozolaXavier U., 1982Southern U. Law, 1985
Judge Shelly Deckert Dick1960El Paso, TXObama 5/9/2013 - PresentRalph TysonU. of Texas, B.S., 1981Louisiana State U. Law, J.D., 1988


Pending appointments

JudgeConfirmationBachelorsLaw
John W. deGravellesLSU, B.A., 1971LSU Law, J.D., 1974


Senior judges

JudgeAppointed byActiveChiefSeniorBachelorsLaw
Senior Judge James J. BradyClinton 05/25/2000 - 12/30/201312/31/2013 - PresentSoutheastern Louisiana College, B.A., 1966Louisiana State U. Law, J.D., 1969
Senior Judge John ParkerCarter 09/26/1979 - 10/30/19981979 - 199810/31/1998 - PresentLouisiana State U., B.A., 1949Louisiana State U. Law, J.D., 1952


Magistrate judges

JudgeActiveBachelorsLaw
Magistrate Judge Stephen Riedlinger05/29/1986 - PresentLouisiana State U., 1971Louisiana State U. Law, J.D., 1977
Magistrate Judge Richard L. Bourgeois, Jr.2/20/2013-PresentLouisiana State UniversityGeorgetown University Law Center


Past judges

Former Chief judges

Former Chief JudgesTerm
Elmer West1978 - 1979
Frank Polozola1998 - 2005
John Parker1979 - 1998
Ralph Tyson2005 - 2011

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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