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|Current Court Information:|
|United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia|
|Appointed by:||George W. Bush|
|Active:||12/21/2001 - Present|
|Preceded by:||Duross Fitzpatrick|
|Home State:||Augusta GA|
|Bachelors:||U. of Georgia, B.A., 1971|
|Law School:||U. of Georgia Law, J.D., 1974|
|Grad. School:||U. of Georgia, M.A., 1975|
Early life and education
Royal became an Assistant district attorney for the Augusta Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office from 1974 to 1975 before becoming a private practice attorney in Georgia in 1976 before later that year served as a Public defender for Glynn County from 1976 to 1977 before resuming private practice work in the State of Georgia from 1977 to 2001.
Middle District of Georgia
On the recommendation of US Congressman Saxby Chambliss, Royal was nominated to the United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia by President George W. Bush on September 9, 2001 to a seat vacated by Duross Fitzpatrick which assumed senior status. Royal was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on December 20, 2001 on a majority voice vote and received commission on December 21, 2001.  He has served as the chief judge of the court since 2008.
A notable case on this page needs to be updated.
Nuwaubian leader case
| United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia|
*York v. USA 5:2007cv90001
|Judge Royal on July 31, 2009, denied a request by the founder of the Nuwaubian religion to have his prison sentence thrown out. 
Dwight York filed a motion on July 7, 2009 claiming that federal agents threatened witnesses unless they testifed against the leader. The judge issued a order denying an appeal; there has been no announcement if York will file an appeal with the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
|Federal judicial offices|
|Middle District of Georgia
|Magistrate judges||Charles Weigle • Thomas Langstaff • M. Stephen Hyles •|
|Former Article III judges|
|Former Chief judges|