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United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia

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Western District of Virginia
Fourth Circuit
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Chief:Glen ConradJudges:4
Posts:4Vacancies:0
Active judges
JonesUrbanskiWilson
Senior Judges
KiserMoonTurk
Magistrate Judges
BallouHoppeSargentWelsh
Former Judges
Key:
(Numbers indicate % of seats vacant.)
0%0%-10%
10%-25%25%-40%
More than 40%
Contents
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 Western District of Virginia is a United States district court in the Fourth Circuit.

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]

The current U.S. Marshal for the Western District of Virginia is Wayne Pike.

When decisions of the court are appealed, they are appealed to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals based in Downtown Richmond, VA at the Lewis F. Powell Federal Courthouse.

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.

Jurisdiction

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

The geographic jurisdiction of the Western District of Virginia consists of all the following counties and independent cities in the western part of the state of Virginia.

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.

Court locations for the Western District of Virginia are located in Abingdon, Big Stone Gap, Charlottesville, Danville, Harrisonburg, Lynchburg, and Roanoke.

When decisions of the court are appealed, they are appealed to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals based in Downtown Richmond, VA at the Lewis F. Powell Federal Courthouse.

Cases heard

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.

Case load

Federal Court Case Load 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
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.
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Clerk's office

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

540-857-5100
Abingdon Division 180 W. Main Street

Room 104 Abingdon, VA 24210

276-628-5116
Big Stone Gap Division P.O. Box 490

Big Stone Gap, VA 24219

322 E. Wood Ave.

Room 204 Big Stone Gap, VA 24219

276-523-3557
Charlottesville Division 255 W. Main Street

Room 304 Charlottesville, VA 22902

434-296-9284
Danville Division P.O. Box 1400

Danville, VA 24543

700 Main Street

Room 202 Danville, VA 24541

434-793-7147
Harrisonburg Division 116 N. Main Street

Room 314 Harrisonburg, VA 22802

540-434-3181
Lynchburg Division 1101 Court Street

Suite A66 Lynchburg, VA 24504

434-847-5722
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History

Court 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 3 additional judicial posts were added to the Western District of Virginia for a total of 4 current posts.[3]

Judicial posts

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

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
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Notable cases

This page is missing notable case information.



For a searchable list of opinions, please see Opinions of the Western District of Virginia.

Federal courthouse

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

Major news

For new stories and other related material see Virginia judicial news.

See also

External links

References

Western District of Virginia
Fourth Circuit
VA-WD.gif
Chief:Glen ConradJudges:4
Posts:4Vacancies:0
Active judges
JonesUrbanskiWilson
Senior Judges
KiserMoonTurk
Magistrate Judges
BallouHoppeSargentWelsh
Former Judges
Key:
(Numbers indicate % of seats vacant.)
0%0%-10%
10%-25%25%-40%
More than 40%
Contents
1 Court
2 Judges
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

Active judges

Article III judges

JudgeBornHomeAppointed byActiveChiefPreceededBachelorsLaw
Judge James Jones1940Tampa, FLClinton 08/01/1996 - Present2004 - 2010James MichaelDuke, A.B., 1962U. of Virginia School of Law, LL.B., 1965
Judge Samuel Wilson1949Norfolk, VAH.W. Bush 05/14/1990 - Present1997 - 2004Glen WilliamsU. of Richmond, B.A., 1971Wake Forest Law, J.D., 1974
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 1978U. of Virginia Law, J.D., 1981


Pending appointments

There are no current pending appointments for the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia.


Senior judges

JudgeAppointed byActiveChiefSeniorBachelorsLaw
Senior Judge James TurkNixon 10/17/1972 - 10/31/20021973 - 199311/01/2002 - PresentRoanoke College, A.B., 1949Washington and Lee U. Law, LL.B., 1952
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 - PresentU. of Virginia, B.A., 1959U. 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


Past judges

Former Chief judges

Former Chief JudgesTerm
Hiram Widener1971 - 1972
Roby Thompson1958 - 1960
Ted Dalton1960 - 1971
John Paul, Jr.1948 - 1958
Samuel Wilson1997 - 2004
Jackson Kiser1993 - 1997
James Turk1973 - 1993
James Jones2004 - 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.[1][2]



Former judges


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