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United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi

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Northern District of Mississippi
Fifth Circuit
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Judges: 3
Posts: 3
Vacancies: 0
Active judges
Chief: Michael Mills
Senior Judges
Magistrate Judges
Former Judges
(Numbers indicate % of seats vacant.)
More than 40%

The United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippiis one of ninety-four United States district courts. 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 Northern District of Mississippi represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court. The current district attorney is Felicia Adams.[1]

Vacancy warning level

The United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi's vacancy warning level is green. The court currently has no vacancies of the three posts.

Pending nominations

There are no pending nominations for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi.

Active judges

Article III judges

JudgeBornHomeAppointed byActiveChiefPreceededBachelorsLaw
Chief Judge Michael Mills1956Charleston, SCW. Bush 10/11/2001 - Present2007 - PresentNeal BiggersUniversity of Mississippi, B.A., 1978University of Mississippi Law, J.D., 1980
Judge Sharion Aycock1955Tupelo, MSW. Bush 10/22/2007 - PresentGlen DavidsonMississippi State U., B.A., 1977Mississippi College Law, J.D., 1980
Judge Debra M. Brown1963MississippiObama 11/4/2013 - PresentAllen PepperMississippi State U., B.Arch., 1987University of Mississippi Law, J.D., 1997

Senior judges

JudgeAppointed byActiveChiefSeniorBachelorsLaw
Senior Judge Neal BiggersReagan 03/28/1984 - 09/30/20001998 - 200010/01/2000 - PresentMillsaps College, B.A., 1956University of Mississippi Law School, J.D., 1963
Senior Judge Glen DavidsonReagan 10/17/1985 - 05/31/20072000 - 200706/01/2007 - PresentUniversity of Mississippi, B.A., 1962University of Mississippi Law, J.D., 1965

Magistrate judges

Magistrate Judge Allan Alexander
Magistrate Judge David Sanders
Magistrate Judge Jane Virden06/13/2011 - Present


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

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

The jurisdiction of the court includes facilities in Aberdeen, Ackerman, Clarksdale, Cleveland, Corinth and Greenville.

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




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 1086104321291089 104012.210.813 (1.7%)1222
2012 113298721191034 108511.810.527 (3.4%)8.226
2011 1220112323431202 11411312.525 (2.9%)026
2010 1280108823681130 123812.110.9121 (13.2%)026
2009 1326108624121102 131011.312.4117 (11.8%)028
2008 1580120127811438 13439.316.630 (2.8%)0.125
2007151912462765126115048.912.4280 (21.3%)420
*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 Opinions of the Southern District of Mississippi.


Federal courts in Mississippi were established by Congress on April 3, 1818, with one post to cover the entire state. On June 18, 1838, Congress divided the district into the Northern District of Mississippi and the Southern District of Mississippi. Over time, two additional judicial posts were added to the Northern District for the current total of three.[2]

Judicial posts

The following table highlights the development of judicial posts for the Northern District of Mississippi:[2]

Year Statute Total Seats
April 3, 1818 3 Stat. 413 1(Whole State)
June 18, 1838 5 Stat. 247 1(Shared)
March 1, 1929 45 Stat. 1422 1
March 18, 1966 80 Stat. 75 2
July 10, 1984 98 Stat. 333 3

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.[3][4]

Former judges

For more information on the judges of the Northern District of Mississippi, see former federal judges of the Northern District of Mississippi.

Federal courthouse

The Northern District of Mississippi has three federal courthouse.

See also

External links


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