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United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee

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Middle District of Tennessee
Sixth Circuit
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Judges: 4
Posts: 4
Vacancies: 0
Active judges
Chief: Todd Campbell
Senior Judges
Magistrate Judges
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 Middle District of Tennessee is one of ninety-four United States district courts. Based in Nashville, it was created in 1839 when Congress added a third district to the state. When decisions of the court are appealed, they are appealed to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals based in downtown Cincinnati at the Potter A. Stewart Federal Courthouse and Building. Tennessee -- along with Kentucky, Ohio, and Michigan -- is located within the area covered by the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

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

Vacancy warning level

The United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee's vacancy warning level is currently set at green. The court currently has zero vacancies out of its four posts.

Pending nominations

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


Active judges

Article III judges

JudgeBornHomeAppointed byActiveChiefPreceededBachelorsLaw
Judge Todd Campbell1956Rockford, ILClinton 12/26/1995 - Present 2005 - 8/2/2012Thomas WisemanVanderbilt U., B.A., 1978University of Tennessee College of Law, J.D., 1982
Judge Aleta Trauger1945Denver, COClinton 10/22/1998 - PresentJohn NixonCornell College, B.A., 1968Vanderbilt U., M.A.T., 1972
Chief Judge William Haynes1949Memphis, TennesseeClinton 11/15/1999 - Present8/3/2012 - PresentThomas HigginsCollege of St. Thomas, B.A., 1970Vanderbilt U. School of Law, J.D., 1973
Judge Kevin Hunter Sharp1963Memphis, TNObama 5/3/2011 - PresentRobert EcholsChristian Brothers College, B.S., 1990Vanderbilt University School of Law, J.D., 1993


Senior judges

JudgeAppointed byActiveChiefSeniorBachelorsLaw
Senior Judge John NixonCarter 5/12/1980 - 8/15/19981991 - 19988/15/1998 - PresentHarvard U., A.B., 1955Vanderbilt U. Law School, LL.B., 1960


Magistrate judges

JudgeActiveBachelorsLaw
Magistrate Judge Juliet Griffin
Magistrate Judge Clifton Knowles07/2004 - PresentVanderbilt U., 1973University of Tennessee Law, J.D., 1977
Magistrate Judge (Recalled) Joe Brown08/1998 - 08/2006Vanderbilt U., 1962Vanderbilt U. Law, J.D., 1965
Magistrate Judge John Bryant08/2006 - PresentDavidson College, 1970Vanderbilt U. Law, J.D., 1973


Jurisdiction

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

The Middle 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.

Court locations for the Middle District are located in Nashville, Cookeville, and Columbia, Tennessee.

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

The Columbia Division, covering Giles, Hickman, Lawrence, Lewis, Marshall, Maury, and Wayne Counties.

The Nashville Division, covering Cannon, Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Houston, Humphreys, Montgomery, Robertson, Rutherford, Stewart, Sumner, Trousdale, Williamson, and Wilson Counties.

The Northeastern Division, covering Clay, Cumberland, DeKalb, Fentress, Jackson, Macon, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, Smith, and White 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 2428223046582017 264115.310.5340 (16.6%)033
2012 2500199844982054 244415.99.7369 (19.9%)034
2011 2397211845152002 251314.39.7374 (20.2%)738
2010 2192201542071792 2415118.8283 (15.8%)1224
2009 2111198540961876 222014.29.4139 (8.3%)1230
2008 2025189039151807 210810.99.255 (3.3%)1223
200715821966354816481900109.140 (2.5%)734
*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-Middle 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 the same jurisdiction as the United States circuit courts, excluding in appeals and writs of error which are the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court.

On February 13, 1801, the Judiciary Act of 1801 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 the 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, three additional judicial posts were added to the Middle District of Tennessee for a total of four current posts.[12]

Judicial posts

The following table highlights the development of judicial posts for the Middle District of Tennessee:[12]

Year Statute Total Seats
June 18, 1839 5 Stat. 313 1
June 14, 1878 20 Stat. 132 1
September 14, 1922 42 Stat. 837 2
May 31, 1938 52 Stat. 584 2 (1 temporary)
February 10, 1954 68 Stat. 8, 10 2
May 19, 1961 75 Stat. 80 2
October 20, 1978 92 Stat. 1629 3
December 1, 1990 104 Stat. 5089 4

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.[13][14]

Former judges

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

Federal courthouse

Three separate courthouses serve the Middle District of Tennessee.

See also

External links

References


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