United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina
The United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina is a federal district court.
Vacancy warning level
The United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina's vacancy warning level is currently set at Green. The court currently has no vacancies.
There are four court divisions, each covering the following counties:
The Western District of North Carolina has original jurisdiction over cases filed within its jurisdiction. These cases can include civil and criminal matters that fall under federal law.
|Federal Court Case Load Statistics*|
|Year||Starting case load:||Cases filed:||Total cases:||Cases terminated:||Remaining cases:||Median time(Criminal)**:||Median time(Civil)**:||3 Year Civil cases#:||Vacant posts:##||Trials/Post|
|*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.
The Western District of North Carolina has four divisions. Offices are open Monday-Friday, 8:30am-12:30pm & 1:30pm-4:00pm excluding holidays and the Bryson City Division which is only manned on court days. The official Clerk of Court is Frank Johns and can be contacted at 704-350-7413. Please consult the chart below for more information on courthouse locations:
|Charlotte Division||Anson, Gaston, Mecklenburg & Union||Charlotte Division
Room 212 401 W. Trade St. Charlotte, NC 28202
|Asheville Division||Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Cleveland, Haywood, Henderson, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Transylvania & Yancey||Asheville Division
100 Otis St. Asheville, NC 28801
|Statesville Division||Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Caldwell, Catawba, Iredell, Lincoln, Watauga & Wilkes||Statesville Division
200 W. Broad St. Statesville, NC 28677
|Bryson City Division||Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Jackson, Macon & Swain||Bryson City Division
Federal Building 50 Main St., Room 306 Bryson City, NC 28713
The District of North Carolina was established by Congress on June 4, 1790 with one post to cover the entire state. On June 4, 1872, Congress divided the district into the Eastern District of North Carolina and the Western District of North Carolina with one post for each district. On March 2, 1927 Congress split the Middle District of North Carolina off from the existing districts. Over time congress added four posts to the Western District of North Carolina to reach the current total of 5 posts.
The following table highlights the development of judicial posts for the Western District of North Carolina:
|June 4, 1790||1 Stat. 126||1 (Whole state)|
|June 4, 1872||17 Stat. 215||1|
|May 19, 1961||75 Stat. 80||2|
|October 20, 1978||92 Stat. 1629||3|
|November 2, 2002||116 Stat. 1758||5(1 Temporary)|
This page is missing notable case information.
There are four federal courthouses that serve the Western District of North Carolina.
For new stories and other related material see North Carolina judicial news.
- US District Court-Western District of North Carolina
- Judges of the Western District of North Carolina
- US Attorney's Office for the Western District of North Carolina
- Pre-1992 Opinions of the Western District of North Carolina
- Current Opinions of the Western District of North Carolina
|2.1 Active Judges|
|2.1.1 Article III judges|
|2.1.2 Pending appointments|
|2.1.3 Senior judges|
|2.2 Past judges|
|2.2.1 Former Chief judges|
|2.2.2 Former judges|
Article III judgesThe United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina has 5 posts. This is a list of the current judges on the court:
|Chief Judge Robert Conrad||1958||Chicago, IL||W. Bush||06/02/2005 - Present||2006 - 6/2/2013||New Seat|116 Stat. 1758||Clemson U., B.A., 1980||U. of Virginia Law, J.D., 1983|
|Judge Frank Whitney||1959||Charlotte, NC||W. Bush||06/05/2006 - Present||6/2/2013 - Present||Brent McKnight||Wake Forest U., B.A., 1982||U. of North Carolina Law, J.D., 1987|
|Judge Richard Voorhees||1941||Syracuse, NY||Reagan||10/17/1988 - Present||1991 - 1998||David Sentelle||Davidson College, B.A., 1963||U. of North Carolina Law, J.D., 1968|
|Judge Martin Reidinger||1958||New Haven, CT||W. Bush||09/12/2007 - Present||Graham Mullen||U. of North Carolina, B.A., 1981||U. of North Carolina Law, J.D., 1984|
|Judge Max O. Cogburn, Jr.||1951||Cambridge, MA||Obama||3/10/2011-Present||Lacy Thornburg||U. of North Carolina, B.A., 1973||Samford U. Cumberland Law, J.D., 1976|
There are no current pending appointments for the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina.
Senior judgesSee: Federal judges on senior status
The United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina has 1 judge on senior status currently. This is a list of the current senior judges on the court:
|Senior Judge Graham Mullen||H.W. Bush||09/11/1990 - 11/30/2005||1998 - 2005||12/01/2005 - Present||Duke U., B.A., 1962||Duke U. Law, J.D., 1969|
|Magistrate Judge David Kessler||04/30/2004 - Present||U. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1984||U. of Virginia Law, J.D., 1987|
|Magistrate Judge Dennis Howell||10/05/2004 - Present|
|Magistrate Judge David Cayer||04/02/2009 - Present|
Former Chief judges
|Robert Potter||1984 - 1991|
|Wilson Warlick||1961-1962, 1966-1968|
|Woodrow Jones||1968 - 1984|
|James Craven||1962 - 1966|
|Richard Voorhees||1991 - 1998|
|Graham Mullen||1998 - 2005|
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. See 28 U.S.C. § 45.
These rules for Chief Judges in the federal judiciary have been in effect since October 1, 1982. The office of Chief Judge was created in 1948. Until August 6, 1959, the position was filled in each federal court by the longest-serving judge who had not elected to retire on what has since 1958 been known as senior status or declined to serve as Chief Judge. From then until 1982 it was filled by the senior such judge who had not turned 70.
|Magistrate judges||David Kessler • Dennis Howell • David Cayer •|
|Former Article III judges||
Robert Paine Dick • James Edmund Boyd • Hamilton Glover Ewart • Lacy Thornburg • Edwin Yates Webb • James Craven • David Henderson • Woodrow Jones • Harold Brent McKnight • James McMillan • Wilson Warlick • Robert Potter •
|Former Chief judges|