United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia

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Southern District of West Virginia
Fourth Circuit
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Judges: 5
Posts: 5
Vacancies: 0
Active judges
Chief: Robert Chambers
Senior Judges
Magistrate Judges
Former Judges
Key:
(Numbers indicate % of seats vacant.)
0%0%-10%
10%-25%25%-40%
More than 40%

The United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia is one of ninety-four United States district courts. When decisions of the court are appealed, they are appealed to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, based in downtown Richmond, Virginia, at the Lewis F. Powell Federal Courthouse.

The United States Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court. The current district attorney is R. Booth Goodwin, II.[1]

Vacancy warning level

The United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia's vacancy warning level is currently set at green.

Pending nominations

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


Active judges

Article III judges

JudgeBornHomeAppointed byActiveChiefPreceededBachelorsLaw
Judge Joseph Goodwin1942Ripley, WVClinton 05/10/1995 - Present2007 - 2012Robert StakerWest Virginia U., B.S., 1965West Virginia U. Law, J.D., 1970
Judge Thomas Johnston1967Charleston, WVW. Bush 04/17/2006 - PresentCharles Haden IIWest Virginia University, 1989West Virginia University Law, 1992
Judge John Copenhaver1925Charleston, WVFord 09/3/1996 - PresentKenneth HallWest Virginia U., A.B., 1947West Virginia U. Law, LL.B., 1950
Chief Judge Robert Chambers1952Williamson, WVClinton 09/18/1997 - Present2012 - PresentElizabeth HallananMarshall U., 1974West Virginia U. Law, 1977
Judge Irene Berger1954Obama 11/09/2009 - PresentDavid FaberWest Virginia U., B.A., 1976West Virginia U. Law, J.D., 1979


Senior judges

JudgeAppointed byActiveChiefSeniorBachelorsLaw
Senior Judge David FaberH.W. Bush 11/25/1991 - 12/30/20082002 - 200712/31/2008 - PresentWest Virginia U., A.B., 1964Yale Law, J.D., 1967


Magistrate judges

JudgeActiveBachelorsLaw
Magistrate Judge Clarke VanDervort12/20/2002 - PresentOhio U., A.B.West Virginia U. Law, J.D.
Magistrate Judge Cheryl Eifert
Magistrate judge Dwane Tinsley4/8/2013-PresentDavis & Elkins College, 1975West Virginia University College of Law, 1981


Jurisdiction

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

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

The geographic jurisdiction of the Southern District of West Virginia consists of all the following counties in the southern part of the state of West Virginia.

The jurisdiction of the Southern District of West Virginia includes facilities in Charleston, Bluefield, Huntington and Beckley.

Caseloads

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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 670728481351881469 337196.77.1953 (2.8%)0.014
2012 33456832101771400 87777.39.929 (0.4%)014
2011 2225146936942318 13767.5162068 (67.7%)013
2010 1653211537681543 22257.69.434 (1.7%)0.918
2009 1754182935831959 16246.84.635 (2.5%)914
2008 1242191531571410 17476.89.250 (3.3%)015
2007137312592632142912036.910.327 (2.7%)019
*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 Judges of the Southern District of West Virginia.

History of the court

The District of West Virginia was established by Congress on June 11, 1864, out of the Western District of Virginia with one post to cover the entire state. On January 22, 1901, Congress divided the district into the Northern District of West Virginia and Southern District of West Virginia with one post each. Over time, four additional judicial posts were added to the Southern District of West Virginia for a total of five current posts.[9]

Judicial posts

The following table highlights the development of judicial posts for the Southern District of West Virginia:[9]

Year Statute Total Seats
June 11, 1864 13 Stat. 124 1 (Whole state)
January 22, 1901 31 Stat. 736 1
June 25, 1921 42 Stat. 67 2(1 temporary)
August, 1921 Temporary post expired 1
June 22, 1936 49 Stat. 1805 2 (1 temporary shared)
February 10, 1954 68 Stat. 8 2 (1 shared)
June 2, 1970 84 Stat. 294 3 (1 shared)
October 20, 1978 92 Stat. 1629 5 (1 shared, 1 temporary)
January 14, 1983 96 Stat. 2601 (temporary reassigned) 4
December 1, 1990 104 Stat. 5089 5

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.[10][11]

Former judges

For more information on the judges of the Southern District of West Virginia, see former federal judges of the Southern District of West Virginia.

Federal courthouse

There are four federal courthouses that serve the Southern District of West Virginia.[12]

See also

External links

References


West VirginiaSupreme Court of Appeals of West VirginiaWest Virginia Circuit CourtsWest Virginia Family CourtsWest Virginia Magistrate CourtsWest Virginia Municipal CourtsUnited States District Court for the Northern District of West VirginiaUnited States District Court for the Southern District of West VirginiaUnited States bankruptcy court, Northern District of West VirginiaUnited States bankruptcy court, Southern District of West VirginiaUnited States Court of Appeals for the Fourth CircuitWest Virginia countiesWest Virginia judicial newsWest Virginia judicial electionsJudicial selection in West VirginiaWestVirginiaTemplate.jpg