United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
The United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina is a United States district court
Vacancy warning level
The United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina's vacancy warning level is currently set at yellow. The court currently has one vacancy and no pending appointments.
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 all judicial posts had spent vacant that year.
The Eastern District of North Carolina has six divisions. Offices are open Monday-Friday excluding holidays. The official Clerk of Court is Dennis P. Iavarone and can be contacted at 919-645-1700. Please consult the chart below for more information on courthouse locations:
|Elizabeth City Division||United States Courthouse
306 East Main Street Elizabeth City, NC 27909
|Fayetteville Division||United States Courthouse
3rd Floor 301 Green Street Fayetteville, NC 28302
|Greenville Division||United States Courthouse
201 South Evans St., Rm 209 Greenville, NC 27858
|252.830.6009 (8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.)|
|New Bern Division||United States Courthouse
413 Middle Street New Bern, NC 28560
|252.638.8534 (8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.)|
|Raleigh Division||Clerk of Court
PO Box 25670 Raleigh, NC 27611
|919.645.1700(8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.)|
|Wilmington Division||United States Courthouse
2 Princess Street Wilmington, NC 28401
|910.815.4663(8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.)|
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 three posts to the Eastern District of North Carolina to reach the current total of 4 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|
|June 2, 1970||84 Stat. 294||3 (1 Temporary)|
|October 20, 1978||92 Stat. 1629||3|
|July 10, 1984||98 Stat. 333||4(1 Temporary)|
|December 1, 1990||104 Stat. 5089||4|
For a searchable list of opinions, please see Opinions of the Eastern District of North Carolina.
| • Ruffin Poole case Judge(s):Terrence Boyle|
*USA v. Poole 5:10-cr-00021-BO
|From 2010 to 2011, Judge Boyle presided in the corruption trial of Ruffin Poole, a former aide to then-North Carolina Governor Mike Easley.
During a plea hearing on April 5, 2010, Poole entered pleas of not guilty on 57 different counts ranging from bribery and money laundering. In a plea agreement in April 2010, Poole plead guilty to tax evasion in order to have 50-odd corruption charges dropped. Judge Boyle sentenced him to one year and one day in prison and a $30,000 fine. 
There are six federal courthouses that serve the Eastern District of North Carolina.
For new stories and other related material see North Carolina judicial news.
- Official website
- Judges of the Eastern District of North Carolina
- US Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina
- Opinions of the Eastern 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 judgesSee: Article III federal judge
The United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina has 4 posts and 1 vacancy. The current Chief Judge is James Dever. This is a list of the current judges on the court:
|Judge Louise Flanagan||1962||Richmond, VA||W. Bush||07/18/2003 - Present||2004 - 2011||James Fox||Wake Forest U., B.A., 1984||U. of Virginia Law, J.D., 1988|
|Judge Terrence Boyle||1945||Passaic, NJ||Reagan||05/03/1984 - Present||1997 - 2004||Franklin Dupree||Brown, B.A., 1967||American U. Law, J.D., 1970|
|Chief Judge James Dever||1962||Lake Charles, LA||W. Bush||05/02/2005 - Present||2011 - Present||Earl Britt||Notre Dame, B.B.A., 1984||Duke U. Law, J.D., 1987|
There are no current pending appointments for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.
Senior judgesSee: Federal judges on senior status
The United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina has 3 judges on senior status currently. This is a list of the current senior judges on the court:
|Senior Judge Earl Britt||Carter||05/23/1980 - 12/06/1997||1983 - 1990||12/07/1997 - Present||Wake Forest U., B.S., 1956||Wake Forest Law, LL.B., 1958|
|Senior Judge James Fox||Reagan||09/30/1982 - 01/30/2001||1990 - 1997||01/31/2001 - Present||U. of North Carolina, B.S., 1950||U. of North Carolina Law, J.D., 1957|
|Senior Judge Malcolm Howard||Reagan||02/26/1998 - 12/30/2005||12/31/2005 - Present||U.S. Military Academy, West Point, B.S., 1962||Wake Forest Law, J.D., 1970|
|Magistrate Judge James Gates||01/27/2006 - Present|
|Magistrate Judge William Webb||10/18/1999 - Present|
|Magistrate Judge Robert Jones, Jr.||10/12/2007 - Present|
Former Chief judges
|John Larkins||1975 - 1979|
|Franklin Dupree||1979 - 1983|
|Algernon Butler||1961 - 1975|
|Terrence Boyle||1997 - 2004|
|James Fox||1990 - 1997|
|Earl Britt||1983 - 1990|
|Louise Flanagan||2004 - 2011|
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||James Gates • William Webb • Robert Jones, Jr. •|
|Former Article III judges|
|Former Chief judges|