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United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia

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Southern District of Georgia
Eleventh Circuit
Seal of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia.gif
Judges: 3
Posts: 3
Vacancies: 0
Active judges
Chief: Lisa Wood
Senior Judges
Magistrate Judges
Former Judges
(Numbers indicate % of seats vacant.)
More than 40%

The United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia 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 downtown Atlanta at the Elbert P. Tuttle Federal Courthouse.

The United States Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court. The current district attorney is Edward J. Tarver.[1]

Vacancy warning level

The United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia's vacancy warning level is currently set at green. There are no vacancies on the court.

Pending nominations

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

Active judges

Article III judges

JudgeBornHomeAppointed byActiveChiefPreceededBachelorsLaw
Judge William Moore1940Bainbridge, GAClinton 10/11/1994 - Present2004 - 2010Anthony AlaimoUniversity of Georgia Law, 1964
Judge James Hall1958Augusta, GAW. Bush 4/23/2008 - PresentBerry EdenfieldAugusta State U., 1979University of Georgia School of Law, 1982
Chief Judge Lisa Wood1963Lexington, KYW. Bush 2/8/2007 - Present2010-PresentDudley BowenUniversity of Georgia, B.A., 1985University of Georgia Law, J.D., 1990

Senior judges

JudgeAppointed byActiveChiefSeniorBachelorsLaw
Senior Judge Berry EdenfieldCarter 10/11/1978 - 8/2/20091990 - 19978/2/2009 - PresentUniversity of Georgia, bachelor's Business Administration, 1956University of Georgia, LL.B., 1958
Senior Judge Dudley BowenCarter 11/27/1979 - 6/25/20061997 - 20046/25/2006 - PresentUniversity of Georgia, 1964University of Georgia, 1965

Magistrate judges

Magistrate Judge James E. Graham
Magistrate Judge G.R. Smith
Magistrate Judge Brian K. Epps6/6/2013-PresentUniversity of GeorgiaUniversity of Georgia Law School


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

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

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

The Augusta Division, covering Burke, Glascock, Lincoln, Richmond, Warren, Columbia, Jefferson, McDuffie, Taliaferro, and Wilkes counties

The Brunswick Division, covering Appling, Glynn, Long, Wayne, Camden, Jeff Davis, and McIntosh counties

The Dublin Division, covering Dodge, Laurens, Telfair, Wheeler, Johnson, Montgomery, and Treutlen counties

The Savannah Division, covering Bryan, Chatham, Effingham, and Liberty counties

The Statesboro Division, covering Bulloch, Emanuel, Screven, Evans, Candler, Jenkins, Tattnall, and Toombs counties

The Waycross Division, covering Atkinson, Brantley, Coffee, Ware, Bacon, Charlton, and Pierce 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 1188168128691588 12819.18.027 (3.3%)041
2012 1196160428001606 119498.121 (2.7%)029
2011 1257159528521658 11949.68.119 (2.4%)020
2010 1268167729451652 12939.17.96 (0.8%)023
2009 1207156127681526 12428.78.59 (1.4%)015
2008 1058156626241417 12077.710.315 (2.1%)6.319
200712231380260316329719.410.110 (1.6%)1624
*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

You can find a list of search-able opinions at: Opinions of the Southern District of Georgia (dead link).


The District of Georgia was established by the Judiciary Act of 1789 and established the entire state as one district with one post. On August 11, 1848, Congress reorganized the District of Georgia into the Northern District of Georgia and the Southern District of Georgia with one post split between the two districts. On April 25, 1882, Congress assigned a new post to the Northern District of Georgia and permanently assigned the previous post to the Southern District of Georgia. Since then, two additional posts were added to the court for a total of three posts.[4]

Judicial posts

The following table highlights the development of judicial posts for the Southern District of Georgia:[4]

Year Statute Total Seats
April 25, 1882 22 Stat. 47 1
March 3, 1915 38 Stat. 959 2
1918 Temporary post expired 1
June 2, 1970 84 Stat. 294 2
October 20, 1978 92 Stat. 1629 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.[5][6]

Former judges

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

Federal courthouse

There are six federal courthouses that serve the Southern District of Georgia.

See also

External links


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