United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia

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Western District of Virginia
Fourth Circuit
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Judges: 3
Posts: 4
Vacancies: 1
Active judges
Chief: Glen Conrad
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 Western District of 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 Western District of Virginia represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court. The current district attorney is Timothy J. Heaphy.[1]

Vacancy warning level

The United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia's vacancy warning level is yellow. The court currently has one vacancy.

Pending nominations

JudgeConfirmationBachelorsLaw
Elizabeth K. DillonLenoir-Rhyne College, 1983Wake Forest University


Active judges

Article III judges

JudgeBornHomeAppointed byActiveChiefPreceededBachelorsLaw
Judge James Jones1940Tampa, FLClinton 08/01/1996 - Present2004 - 2010James MichaelDuke, A.B., 1962University of Virginia School of Law, LL.B., 1965
Chief Judge Glen Conrad1949Radford, VAW. Bush 09/24/2003 - Present2010 - PresentJames TurkThe College of William and Mary, B.A., 1971The College of William and Mary, Marshall Wythe Law, J.D., 1974
Judge Michael Urbanski1956Livorno, ItalyObama 05/11/2011 - PresentNorman MoonCollege of William and Mary 1978University of Virginia Law, J.D., 1981


Senior judges

JudgeAppointed byActiveChiefSeniorBachelorsLaw
Senior Judge Jackson KiserReagan 12/03/1981 - 04/29/19971993 - 199704/30/1997 - PresentConcord College, B.A., 1951Washington and Lee U. Law, LL.B., 1952
Senior Judge Norman MoonClinton 11/12/1997 - 05/31/201006/01/2010 - PresentUniversity of Virginia, B.A., 1959University of Virginia Law, J.D., 1962


Magistrate judges

JudgeActiveBachelorsLaw
Magistrate Judge Pamela Sargent12/15/1997 - Present
Magistrate Judge James Welsh
Magistrate Judge Robert Ballou
Magistrate Judge Joel C. Hoppe11/6/2013 - PresentUniversity of Richmond Law, J.D., 2002


Jurisdiction

The Counties and Independent Cities of the Western District of Virginia (click for larger map)

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

There are seven court divisions, each covering the following counties and cities:

The Abingdon Division, covering Buchanan, Russell, Smyth, Tazewell and Washington Counties, in addition to the cities of Bristol.

The Big Stone Gap Division, covering Dickenson, Lee, Scott and Wise Counties, in addition to the cities of Norton.

The Charlottesville Division, covering Albemarle, Culpeper, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Madison, Nelson, Orange and Rappahannock Counties, in addition to the cities of Charlottesville.

The Danville Division, covering Charlotte, Halifax, Henry, Patrick and Pittsylvania Counties, in addition to the cities of Danville, Martinsville and South Boston.

The Harrisonburg Division, covering Augusta, Bath, Clarke, Frederick, Highland, Page, Rockingham and Shenandoah and Warren Counties, in addition to the cities of Harrisonburg, Staunton, Waynesboro and Winchester.

The Lynchburg Division, covering Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, Buckingham, Campbell, Cumberland and Rockbridge Counties, in addition to the cities of Bedford, Buena Vista, Lexington and Lynchburg.

The Roanoke Division, covering Alleghany, Bland, Botetourt, Carroll, Craig, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Grayson, Montgomery, Pulaski, Roanoke, and Wythe Counties, in addition to the cities of Clifton Forge, Covington, Galax, Radford, Roanoke and Salem.

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 1312187131831870 13137.87.818 (2.5%)045
2012 1245188431291734 13957.98.513 (1.8%)040
2011 1248166829161686 12306.88.814 (2.1%)7.347
2010 1221164628671628 12397.5811 (1.6%)345
2009 1331157929101674 12368.68.913 (2.1%)050
2008 1317173430511740 13117.78.727 (4.2%)054
2007127217523024201510098.18.630 (4.5%)055
*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 Western District of Virginia.

History

The District of Virginia was established by Congress on September 24, 1789, with one post to cover the entire state. On February 4, 1819, Congress divided the district into the Eastern District of Virginia and the Western District of Virginia with one post each. In June 11, 1864, Congress again redefined the boundaries of the district, transitioning a portion of the Western District of Virginia to the newly formed District of West Virginia and consolidating the entire state of Virginia into one district. On February 3, 1871, Congress again divided the district into its current state, with the Eastern District of Virginia and the Western District of Virginia each holding one post to begin. Over time three additional judicial posts were added to the Western District of Virginia for a total of four current posts.[2]

Judicial posts

The following table highlights the development of judicial posts for the Western District of Virginia:[2]

Year Statute Total Seats
September 24, 1789 1 Stat. 73 1 (Whole state)
February 4, 1819 3 Stat. 478 1
June 11, 1864 13 Stat. 124 (Consolidation due to creation of West Virginia) 1(Whole state)
February 3, 1871 16 Stat. 403 1
May 31, 1938 52 Stat. 584 2
October 20, 1978 92 Stat. 1629 4

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 on the judges of the Western District of Virginia, see former federal judges of the Western District of Virginia.

Federal courthouse

There are seven federal courthouses that serve the Western District of Virginia.

See also

External links

References


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