United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama
The United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama is one of ninety-four United States district courts. When decisions of the court are appealed, they are appealed to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals based in Atlanta at the Elbert P. Tuttle Federal Courthouse.
Vacancy warning level
There are no pending nominations for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama.
Article III judges
|Judge Callie Granade||1950||Lexington, VA||W. Bush||2/12/2002 - Present||2003 - 2010||Alex Howard||Hollins College, B.A., 1972||University of Texas Law, J.D., 1975|
|Chief Judge William Steele||1951||Tuscumbia, AL||W. Bush||3/14/2003-Present||2010-Present||Richard Vollmer||University of Southern Mississippi, 1972||University of Alabama Law, 1980|
|Judge Kristi DuBose||1964||Brewton, AL||W. Bush||12/27/2005-Present||Charles Butler, Jr.||Huntington College, 1986||Emory University Law School, 1989|
|Senior Judge Charles Butler||Reagan||10/17/1988 - 3/28/2005||1994 - 2003||3/28/2005 - Present||Washington and Lee University, B.A., 1962||University of Alabama School of Law, LL.B., 1966|
|Magistrate Judge William Cassady|
|Magistrate Judge Bert Milling|
|Magistrate Judge Katherine Nelson|
|Magistrate Judge Sonja Bivins||10/2003 - Present||Spring Hill College||University of Alabama Law, J.D.|
The Southern District of Alabama has original jurisdiction over cases filed within its jurisdiction. These cases can include civil and criminal matters that fall under federal law.
There are two court divisions, each covering the following counties:
|Federal Court Caseload 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.
For a searchable list of opinions, please see Opinions of the Southern District of Alabama.
| • Steroid case (2009)|
Judge(s):Callie Granade (USA v. Tucker, 1:08-cr-00160-CG)
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|Judge Granade sentenced a Colorado doctor to 21 months (1 year, 7 months) in federal prison for dispensing anabolic steroids outside his professional practice. Dr. Kelly Wade Tucker of Colorado signed a plea agreement which resulted in the sentence. The case was a probe into a Mobile-area pharmacy that shipped steroids illegally to hundreds of people. An affidavit said that Brett Branch, a business associate, sent Tucker order forms for patients seeking steroids and human growth hormone.|
The District of Alabama was established by Congress on April 21, 1820, with one post to cover the entire state. On March 10, 1824, Congress divided the district into the Northern District of Alabama and the Southern District of Alabama with one judicial post for each district. Over time, two additional judicial posts were added for a total of three current posts.
The following table highlights the development of judicial posts for the Southern District of Alabama:
|April 21, 1820||3 Stat. 564||1(District of Alabama)|
|March 10, 1824||4 Stat. 9||1|
|March 18, 1966||80 Stat. 75||2|
|July 10, 1984||98 Stat. 333||3|
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.
For more information about the judges of the Southern District of Alabama, see former federal judges of the Southern District of Alabama.
- United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama Official Website
- US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Alabama
- Judges of the Southern District of Alabama
- Opinions of the Southern District of Alabama
- Offices of the United States Attorneys, Official list
- WAAY, "Judge sentences doctor to federal prison," July 14, 2009
- History of the Districts of Alabama on the Federal Judicial Center website
- United States Courts, Frequently Asked Questions
- United States Courts, "On Being Chief Judge," February 2009
|Magistrate judges||William Cassady • Bert Milling • Katherine Nelson • Sonja Bivins •|
|Former Article III judges||
William Crawford • Charles Tait • John Gayle • William Giles Jones • Richard Busteed • George Washington Lane • John Bruce • Emmett Cox • Harry Theophilus Toulmin • Robert Tait Ervin • John McDuffie • Thomas Pittman • William Hand • Daniel Thomas • Richard Vollmer • Alex Howard •
|Former Chief judges|