United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama

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Southern District of Alabama
Eleventh Circuit
Judges: 3
Posts: 3
Vacancies: 0
Active judges
Chief: William Steele
Senior Judges
Magistrate Judges
Former Judges
(Numbers indicate % of seats vacant.)
More than 40%

The United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama is one of ninety-four United States district courts. When decisions of the court are appealed, they are appealed to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals based in Atlanta at the Elbert P. Tuttle Federal Courthouse.

The United States Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court. The current district attorney is Kenyen Ray Brown.[1]

Vacancy warning level

The United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama's vacancy warning level is green. The court currently has no vacancies.

Pending nominations

There are no pending nominations for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama.

Active judges

Article III judges

JudgeBornHomeAppointed byActiveChiefPreceededBachelorsLaw
Judge Callie Granade1950Lexington, VAW. Bush 2/12/2002 - Present2003 - 2010Alex HowardHollins College, B.A., 1972University of Texas Law, J.D., 1975
Chief Judge William Steele1951Tuscumbia, ALW. Bush 3/14/2003-Present2010-PresentRichard VollmerUniversity of Southern Mississippi, 1972University of Alabama Law, 1980
Judge Kristi DuBose1964Brewton, ALW. Bush 12/27/2005-PresentCharles Butler, Jr.Huntington College, 1986Emory University Law School, 1989

Senior judges

JudgeAppointed byActiveChiefSeniorBachelorsLaw
Senior Judge Charles ButlerReagan 10/17/1988 - 3/28/20051994 - 20033/28/2005 - PresentWashington and Lee University, B.A., 1962University of Alabama School of Law, LL.B., 1966

Magistrate judges

Magistrate Judge William Cassady
Magistrate Judge Bert Milling
Magistrate Judge Katherine Nelson
Magistrate Judge Sonja Bivins10/2003 - PresentSpring Hill CollegeUniversity of Alabama Law, J.D.


The Counties of the Southern District of Alabama (click for larger map)

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

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

The Mobile Division, covering Baldwin, Choctaw, Clarke, Conecuh, Escambia, Mobile, Monroe, and Washington counties.

The Selma Division, covering Dallas, Hale, Perry, Marengo, and Wilcox counties.




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 1055119022451251 9946.48.029 (5.4%)020
2012 1122133424561413 10436.87.826 (3.9%)030
2011 1077136324401317 11236.98.426 (3.8%)028
2010 1055126623211232 10897.96.619 (3%)032
2009 1161129724581389 10697.57.923 (3.4%)036
2008 1335145627911609 11826.97.723 (3.6%)032
2007107516102685146012257.27.316 (2.1%)039
*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 Alabama.


The District of Alabama was established by Congress on April 21, 1820, with one post to cover the entire state. On March 10, 1824, Congress divided the district into the Northern District of Alabama and the Southern District of Alabama with one judicial post for each district. Over time, two additional judicial posts were added for a total of three current posts.[3]

Judicial posts

The following table highlights the development of judicial posts for the Southern District of Alabama:[3]

Year Statute Total Seats
April 21, 1820 3 Stat. 564 1(District of Alabama)
March 10, 1824 4 Stat. 9 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.[4][5]

Former judges

For more information about the judges of the Southern District of Alabama, see former federal judges of the Southern District of Alabama.

See also

External links


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