United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi

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Southern District of Mississippi
Fifth Circuit
Southern District of Mississippi-seal.png
Judges: 6
Posts: 6
Vacancies: 0
Active judges
Chief: Louis Guirola
Senior Judges
Magistrate Judges
Chief Magistrate: John Roper
Former Judges
(Numbers indicate % of seats vacant.)
More than 40%
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 Southern District of Mississippi is 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 Southern District of Mississippi represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court. The current district attorney is Gregory K. Davis.[1]

Vacancy warning level

The United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi'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 Mississippi.

Active judges

Article III judges

JudgeBornHomeAppointed byActiveChiefPreceededBachelorsLaw
Judge Henry Wingate1947Jackson, MSReagan 10/17/1985 - Present2003 - 2010New Seat|98 Stat. 333Grinnell College, B.A., 1969Yale Law, J.D., 1972
Chief Judge Louis Guirola1951Baltimore, MDW. Bush 3/22/2004 - Present2010 - PresentWalter GexWilliam Carey U., B.A., 1973University of Mississippi Law, J.D., 1979
Judge Keith Starrett1951McComb, MSW. Bush 12/13/2004 - PresentCharles PickeringMississippi State U., B.S., 1972University of Mississippi Law, J.D., 1974
Judge Daniel Jordan1964Fort Bragg, NCW. Bush 08/07/2006 - PresentTom LeeUniversity of Mississippi, B.B.A., 1987University of Virginia Law, J.D., 1993
Judge Halil Ozerden1966Hattiesburg, MSW. Bush 05/01/2007 - PresentDavid BramletteGeorgetown U., B.S., 1989Stanford Law, J.D., 1998
Judge Carlton W. Reeves1964Fort Hood, TXObama 12/20/2010 - PresentWilliam BarbourJackson State U., B.A., 1986University of Virginia Law, J.D., 1989

Senior judges

JudgeAppointed byActiveChiefSeniorBachelorsLaw
Senior Judge William BarbourReagan 04/25/1983 - 02/03/20061989 - 199602/04/2006 - PresentPrinceton, B.A., 1963University of Mississippi Law, J.D., 1966
Senior Judge David BramletteH.W. Bush 11/25/1991 - 03/19/200603/20/2006 - PresentPrinceton, B.A., 1962University of Mississippi Law, J.D., 1965
Senior Judge Walter GexReagan 02/26/1986 - 03/23/200403/24/2004 - PresentUniversity of Mississippi, B.A., 1962University of Mississippi Law, LL.B., 1963
Senior Judge Tom LeeReagan 06/11/1984 - 04/07/20061996 - 200304/08/2006 - PresentMississippi College, B.A., 1963University of Mississippi Law, J.D., 1965

Magistrate judges

Magistrate Judge Linda Anderson07/12/2006 - PresentJackson State U.Mississippi College Law, J.D.
Magistrate Judge Michael Parker05/26/2006 - Present
Magistrate Judge Robert Walker11/15/2004 - Present
Chief Magistrate Judge John Roper
Magistrate Judge Keith Ball11/2009 - PresentUniversity of Mississippi Law, J.D., 1990
Judge John C. Gargiulo8/5/2014-8/4/2022University of Southern MississippiUniversity of Mississippi


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

The Southern 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 Biloxi, Hattiesburg, Vicksburg, and Jackson.

The geographic jurisdiction of the Southern District of Mississippi consists of all the following counties in the southern 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 2240255847982663 21357.49.578 (4.1%)026
2012 2194256347572522 22357.59.98.2 (4.3%)025
2011 2307258648932671 22227.69.482 (4.3%)2.624
2010 2613272553383019 23197.68.173 (3.7%)1223
2009 3423301164343753 26816.95.8107 (4.7%)1224
2008 2971363366043301 33036.610.675 (2.5%)1228
2007289733336230354126896.810.864 (2.5%)18.726
*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, five additional judicial posts were added to the Southern District for the current total of six.[2]

Judicial posts

The following table highlights the development of judicial posts for the Southern 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
May 19, 1961 75 Stat. 80 2
March 18, 1966 80 Stat. 75 3
July 10, 1984 98 Stat. 333 5
December 1, 1990 104 Stat. 5089 6

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 about the judges of the Southern District of Mississippi, see former federal judges of the Southern District of Mississippi.

Federal courthouse

The Southern District of Mississippi has three federal courthouse.

See also

External links


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