United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia
The United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia is a United States district court
The current U.S. Marshal for the Western District of Virginia is Wayne Pike.
Vacancy warning level
The United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia's vacancy warning level is currently set at green. The court currently has no vacancies.
There are seven court divisions, each covering the following counties and cities:
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 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.
Court locations for the Western District of Virginia are located in Abingdon, Big Stone Gap, Charlottesville, Danville, Harrisonburg, Lynchburg, and Roanoke.
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.
|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 Virginia has seven separate courthouses. The official clerk of court is Julia Dudley. Offices are open 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday - Friday excluding holidays. Please consult the chart below for more information:
|Branch||Mailing Address||Shipping Address||Phone number|
|Roanoke Division||P.O. Box 1234
Roanoke, VA 24006
|210 Franklin Road
Room 540 Roanoke, VA 24011
|Abingdon Division||180 W. Main Street
Room 104 Abingdon, VA 24210
|Big Stone Gap Division||P.O. Box 490
Big Stone Gap, VA 24219
|322 E. Wood Ave.
Room 204 Big Stone Gap, VA 24219
|Charlottesville Division||255 W. Main Street
Room 304 Charlottesville, VA 22902
|Danville Division||P.O. Box 1400
Danville, VA 24543
|700 Main Street
Room 202 Danville, VA 24541
|Harrisonburg Division||116 N. Main Street
Room 314 Harrisonburg, VA 22802
|Lynchburg Division||1101 Court Street
Suite A66 Lynchburg, VA 24504
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 3 additional judicial posts were added to the Western District of Virginia for a total of 4 current posts.
The following table highlights the development of judicial posts for the Western District of Virginia:
|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|
This page is missing notable case information.
For a searchable list of opinions, please see Opinions of the Western District of Virginia.
There are seven federal courthouses that serve the Western District of Virginia.
For new stories and other related material see Virginia judicial news.
- United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia Official Website
- United States Attorney for the Western District of Virginia Official Website
- History of Marshals for the Western District of Virginia
- Opinions of the Western District of Virginia
- Article III Judges of the Western District of Virginia
|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 Virginia has 4 posts. This is a list of the current judges on the court:
|Judge James Jones||1940||Tampa, FL||Clinton||08/01/1996 - Present||2004 - 2010||James Michael||Duke, A.B., 1962||U. of Virginia School of Law, LL.B., 1965|
|Judge Samuel Wilson||1949||Norfolk, VA||H.W. Bush||05/14/1990 - Present||1997 - 2004||Glen Williams||U. of Richmond, B.A., 1971||Wake Forest Law, J.D., 1974|
|Chief Judge Glen Conrad||1949||Radford, VA||W. Bush||09/24/2003 - Present||2010 - Present||James Turk||The College of William and Mary, B.A., 1971||The College of William and Mary, Marshall Wythe Law, J.D., 1974|
|Judge Michael Urbanski||1956||Livorno, Italy||Obama||05/11/2011 - Present||Norman Moon||College of William and Mary 1978||U. of Virginia Law, J.D., 1981|
There are no current pending appointments for the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia.
Senior judgesSee: Federal judges on senior status
The United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia has 3 judges on senior status currently. This is a list of the current senior judges on the court:
|Senior Judge James Turk||Nixon||10/17/1972 - 10/31/2002||1973 - 1993||11/01/2002 - Present||Roanoke College, A.B., 1949||Washington and Lee U. Law, LL.B., 1952|
|Senior Judge Jackson Kiser||Reagan||12/03/1981 - 04/29/1997||1993 - 1997||04/30/1997 - Present||Concord College, B.A., 1951||Washington and Lee U. Law, LL.B., 1952|
|Senior Judge Norman Moon||Clinton||11/12/1997 - 05/31/2010||06/01/2010 - Present||U. of Virginia, B.A., 1959||U. of Virginia Law, J.D., 1962|
|Magistrate Judge Pamela Sargent||12/15/1997 - Present|
|Magistrate Judge James Welsh|
|Magistrate Judge Robert Ballou|
|Magistrate Judge Joel C. Hoppe||11/6/2013 - Present||University of Richmond Law, J.D., 2002|
Former Chief judges
|Hiram Widener||1971 - 1972|
|Roby Thompson||1958 - 1960|
|Ted Dalton||1960 - 1971|
|John Paul, Jr.||1948 - 1958|
|Samuel Wilson||1997 - 2004|
|Jackson Kiser||1993 - 1997|
|James Turk||1973 - 1993|
|James Jones||2004 - 2010|
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.
- John George Jackson
- Alexander Caldwell
- Philip Clayton Pendleton
- Isaac Samuels Pennybacker
- John White Brockenbrough
- John Jay Jackson
- Alexander Rives
- John Paul
- Henry Clay McDowell
- Glen Williams
- John Paul, Jr.
- Armistead Dobie
- Floyd Roberts
- Alfred Barksdale
- Ted Dalton
- James Michael
- Thomas Michie
- Roby Thompson
- Hiram Widener
|Magistrate judges||Pamela Sargent • James Welsh • Robert Ballou • Joel C. Hoppe •|
|Former Article III judges||
John George Jackson • Alexander Caldwell • Philip Clayton Pendleton • Isaac Samuels Pennybacker • John White Brockenbrough • John Jay Jackson • Alexander Rives • John Paul • Henry Clay McDowell • Glen Williams • John Paul, Jr. • Armistead Dobie • Floyd Roberts • Alfred Barksdale • Ted Dalton • James Michael • Thomas Michie • Roby Thompson • Hiram Widener •
|Former Chief judges|