United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida
Vacancy warning level
The United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida's vacancy warning level is currently set at green. There are no vacancies for the court.
There are four court divisions, each covering the following counties:
The Northern 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.
|Federal Court Case Load 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.
The Northern District of Florida has four separate courthouses with clerical contacts and directions for each. The offices are open five days a week, except holidays. The official clerk of court is Jessica J. Lyublanovits. Please consult the chart below for more information:
|Gainesville Division||United States Courthouse
401 SE First Ave. Rm 243
|(352) 380-2400||8:30a.m. - 5p.m. et|
|Panama City Division||United States Courthouse
30 W. Government St.
|(850) 769-4556||8a.m. - 4:30p.m.|
|Pensacola Division||United States Courthouse
1 North Palafox St.
|(850) 435-8440||8a.m. - 4:30p.m.|
|Tallahassee Division||United States Courthouse
111 N. Adams St.
|(850) 521-3501||8:30a.m - 5:00p.m.|
The District of Florida was established by Congress on March 3, 1845, with one post to cover the entire state. On February 23, 1847, Congress divided the district into the Northern District of Florida and the Southern District of Florida with one judicial post for each district. Over time, three additional judicial posts were added for a total of four current posts.
The following table highlights the development of judicial posts for the Northern District of Florida:
|March 3, 1845||5 Stat. 788||1|
|May 24, 1940||54 Stat. 219||2(Temporary)|
|August 3, 1949||63 Stat. 493||2|
|March 18, 1966||80 Stat. 75||2 (1 New post, 1 Reassigned|
to Middle District of Florida)
|October 20, 1978||92 Stat. 1629||3|
|December 1, 1990||104 Stat. 5089||4|
For a searchable list of opinions, please see Opinions of the Northern District of Florida.
| • EPA water rules (2009) Judge(s):Robert Hinkle|
|On November 16, 2009, Judge Hinkle ordered a consent decree on the Environmental Protection Agency to come up with limits for freshwater pollution by October 14, 2010. Environmental advocacy groups in Florida sued the EPA for the standards because of claims that freshwater lakes were being polluted by nitrogen, phosphorus, and oxygen. The judge found the State of Florida failed to enforce major provisions of the Clean Water Act of 1990 as indication of requiring the consent decree.|
For new stories and other related material see Florida judicial news.
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
- US Attorney's Office Northern District of Florida
- Opinions of the Northern District of Florida
- Judges of the Northern District of Florida
|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|
Article III judgesThe United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida has 4 posts. This is a list of the current judges on the court:
|Judge Robert Hinkle||1951||Apalachicola, FL||Clinton||8/1/1996 - Present||2004 - 2009||William Stafford||Florida State U., B.A., 1972||Harvard School of Law, J.D., 1976|
|Judge John Smoak||1943||Columbus, GA||W. Bush||11/3/2005 - Present||Clyde Vinson||West Point, B.A., 1965||U. of Florida Law, J.D., 1972|
|Chief Judge Margaret Rodgers||1964||Pensacola, FL||W. Bush||11/21/2003 - Present||2011 - Present||Lacey Collier||U. of West Florida, B.A., 1989||California Western Law, J.D., 1992|
|Judge Mark E. Walker||Obama||12/6/2012 - Present||Stephan Mickle||U. of Florida, B.A., 1989||U. of Florida Law, J.D., 1992|
There are no current pending appointments for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida.
Senior judgesSee: Federal judges on senior status
The United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida has 5 judges on senior status currently. This is a list of the current senior judges on the court:
|Senior Judge Maurice Paul||Reagan||6/21/1982 - 7/31/1997||1993 - 1997||7/31/1997 - Present||University of Florida, B.A., 1954||University of Florida College of Law, LL.B., 1960|
|Senior Judge Clyde Roger Vinson||Reagan||10/5/1983 - 3/31/2005||1997 - 2004||3/31/2005 - Present||Naval Academy, B.A., 1962||Vanderbilt University Law School, J.D., 1971|
|Senior Judge Lacey Collier||H.W. Bush||11/18/1991 - 11/20/2003||11/20/2003 - Present||U.S. Naval Academy Post-Graduate School, B.A., 1970, University of West Florida, B.A., 1975||Florida State College of Law, J.D., 1977|
|Senior Judge William Stafford||Ford||5/14/1975 - 5/31/1996||1981 - 1993||5/31/1996 - Present||Temple University, B.A., 1953||Temple University, J.D., 1956|
|Senior judge Stephan Mickle||Clinton||5/22/1998 - 6/22/2011||2009-2011||6/22/2011 - Present||U. of Florida, B.A., 1965||U. of Florida, J.D., 1970|
|Magistrate Judge Charles Kahn||03/04/2011 - Present||Vanderbilt U., 1973||U. of Florida, J.D., 1977|
|Magistrate Judge Gary Jones||09/01/2010 - Present||Boston U., B.A., 1975||U. of Miami Law, J.D., 1981|
|Magistrate Judge Larry Bodiford|
|Magistrate Judge Gordon M. Davis|
|Magistrate Judge Elizabeth Timothy|
Former Chief judges
|Winston Arnow||1969 - 1981|
|William Stafford||1981 - 1993|
|Clyde Roger Vinson||1997 - 2004|
|Maurice Paul||1993 - 1997|
|Robert Hinkle||2004 - 2009|
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. See 28 U.S.C. § 45.
These rules for Chief Judges in the federal judiciary have been in effect since October 1, 1982. The office of Chief Judge was created in 1948. Until August 6, 1959, the position was filled in each federal court by the longest-serving judge who had not elected to retire on what has since 1958 been known as senior status or declined to serve as Chief Judge. From then until 1982 it was filled by the senior such judge who had not turned 70.
|Magistrate judges||Charles Kahn • Gary Jones • Larry Bodiford • Gordon M. Davis • Elizabeth Timothy •|
|Former Article III judges||
George Young • Isaac Hopkins Bronson • McQueen McIntosh • Philip Fraser • Thomas Settle • Charles Swayne • William Bostwick Sheppard • Augustus Long • Winston Arnow • George Carswell • Curtis Waller • George Whitehurst • Lynn Higby • David Middlebrooks • Dozier DeVane •
|Former Chief judges|