United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida

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Northern District of Florida
Eleventh Circuit
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Chief:Margaret RodgersJudges:4
Posts:4Vacancies:0
Active judges
HinkleSmoakWalker
Senior Judges
CollierMicklePaulStaffordVinson
Magistrate Judges
BodifordDavisKahnJonesTimothy
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 Northern District of Florida is a United States district court.

The United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court. The current district attorney is Pamela C. Marsh .[1]

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.

Jurisdiction

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

The geographic jurisdiction of the Northern District of Florida consists of all the following counties in the northern part of the state of Florida.

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

The Gainesville Division, covering Alachua, Dixie, Gilchrist, Lafayette, and Levy Counties

The Panama City Division, covering Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, and Washington Counties

The Pensacola Division, covering Escambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, and Walton Counties

The Tallahassee Division, covering Franklin, Gadsden, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Taylor, and Wakulla Counties

The four courthouses in which it hears cases are Gainesville, Panama City, Pensacola, and Tallahassee.

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 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.

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 2136236845042439 20656.57.661 (3.6%)1229
2011 1927237142982185 21135.8760 (3.4%)3.332
2010 1901215140522137 19155.8857 (3.8%)039
2009 1913218540982210 18885.8841 (2.8%)039
2008 1737226139982097 19015.57.745 (3.1%)044
2007166921563825220116245.17.538 (2.8%)049
*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 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:

Branch Address Mailing Address Phone Hours
Gainesville Division United States Courthouse

401 SE First Ave. Rm 243
Gainesville, FL 32601

(352) 380-2400 8:30a.m. - 5p.m. et
Panama City Division United States Courthouse

30 W. Government St.
Panama City, Florida 32401

(850) 769-4556 8a.m. - 4:30p.m.
Pensacola Division United States Courthouse

1 North Palafox St.
Pensacola, Florida 32502

(850) 435-8440 8a.m. - 4:30p.m.
Tallahassee Division United States Courthouse

111 N. Adams St.
Tallahassee, Florida 32301-7730

(850) 521-3501 8:30a.m - 5:00p.m.

History

Court history

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.[2]

Judicial posts

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

Year Statute Total Seats
March 3, 1845 5 Stat. 788 1
May 24, 1940 54 Stat. 219 2(Temporary)
1947 Temporary expired 1
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
[2]

Notable cases

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


Federal courthouse

Major news

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

See also

External links

References

Northern District of Florida
Eleventh Circuit
Fedbadgesmall.png
Chief:Margaret RodgersJudges:4
Posts:4Vacancies:0
Active judges
HinkleSmoakWalker
Senior Judges
CollierMicklePaulStaffordVinson
Magistrate Judges
BodifordDavisKahnJonesTimothy
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 Robert Hinkle1951Apalachicola, FLClinton 8/1/1996 - Present2004 - 2009William StaffordFlorida State U., B.A., 1972Harvard School of Law, J.D., 1976
Judge John Smoak1943Columbus, GAW. Bush 11/3/2005 - PresentClyde VinsonWest Point, B.A., 1965U. of Florida Law, J.D., 1972
Chief Judge Margaret Rodgers1964Pensacola, FLW. Bush 11/21/2003 - Present2011 - PresentLacey CollierU. of West Florida, B.A., 1989California Western Law, J.D., 1992
Judge Mark E. WalkerObama 12/6/2012 - PresentStephan MickleU. of Florida, B.A., 1989U. of Florida Law, J.D., 1992


Pending appointments

There are no current pending appointments for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida.


Senior judges

JudgeAppointed byActiveChiefSeniorBachelorsLaw
Senior Judge Maurice PaulReagan 6/21/1982 - 7/31/19971993 - 19977/31/1997 - PresentUniversity of Florida, B.A., 1954University of Florida College of Law, LL.B., 1960
Senior Judge Clyde Roger VinsonReagan 10/5/1983 - 3/31/20051997 - 20043/31/2005 - PresentNaval Academy, B.A., 1962Vanderbilt University Law School, J.D., 1971
Senior Judge Lacey CollierH.W. Bush 11/18/1991 - 11/20/200311/20/2003 - PresentU.S. Naval Academy Post-Graduate School, B.A., 1970, University of West Florida, B.A., 1975Florida State College of Law, J.D., 1977
Senior Judge William StaffordFord 5/14/1975 - 5/31/19961981 - 19935/31/1996 - PresentTemple University, B.A., 1953Temple University, J.D., 1956
Senior judge Stephan MickleClinton 5/22/1998 - 6/22/20112009-20116/22/2011 - PresentU. of Florida, B.A., 1965U. of Florida, J.D., 1970


Magistrate judges

JudgeActiveBachelorsLaw
Magistrate Judge Charles Kahn03/04/2011 - PresentVanderbilt U., 1973U. of Florida, J.D., 1977
Magistrate Judge Gary Jones09/01/2010 - PresentBoston U., B.A., 1975U. of Miami Law, J.D., 1981
Magistrate Judge Larry Bodiford
Magistrate Judge Gordon M. Davis
Magistrate Judge Elizabeth Timothy


Past judges

Former Chief judges

Former Chief JudgesTerm
George Carswell1958-1969
Winston Arnow1969 - 1981
Stephan Mickle2009-2011
William Stafford1981 - 1993
Clyde Roger Vinson1997 - 2004
Maurice Paul1993 - 1997
Robert Hinkle2004 - 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.[1][2]



Former judges


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