United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
The court is divided into two divisions. The Eastern Division, which sits in the Joseph P. Kinneary United States Courthouse at Columbus, serves the counties of Athens, Belmont, Coshocton, Delaware, Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin, Gallia, Guernsey, Harrison, Hocking, Jackson, Jefferson, Knox, Licking, Logan, Madison, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Morrow, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Pickaway, Pike, Ross, Union, Vinton, and Washington
The Western Division sits at both Cincinnati and Dayton. Cases from the counties of Adams, Brown, Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton, Highland, Lawrence, Scioto, and Warren are heard at Cincinnati in the Potter Stewart United States Courthouse. Cases from the counties of Champaign, Clark, Darke, Greene, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, and Shelby are heard at Dayton.
The United States Attorney's Office of the Southern District of Ohio represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court. As of 2004, the United States Attorney is Gregory G. Lockhart.
When decisions of the court are appealed, they are appealed to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals based at the same building the Southern District of Ohio is located in Downtown Cincinnati at the Potter A. Stewart Federal Courthouse and Building.
Vacancy warning level
The United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio's vacancy warning level is currently set at green. The court currently has zero vacancies out of their eight posts. There are no pending appointments for the district.
There are two court divisions, each covering the following counties:
The Eastern Division, covering Athens, Belmont, Coshocton, Delaware, Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin, Gallia, Guernsey, Harrison, Hocking, Jackson, Jefferson, Knox, Licking, Logan, Madison, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Morrow, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Pickaway, Pike, Ross, Union, Vinton and Washington Counties.
The Southern District of Ohio 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 Northern District of Ohio has three separate courthouses. The Clerk's office is open Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m, excluding Federal holidays. Please consult the chart below for more information:
|Cincinnati Division||Office of the Clerk
Potter Stewart U.S. Courthouse, Room 103
|Columbus Division||Office of the Clerk
Joseph P. Kinneary U.S. Courthouse, Room 121
|Dayton Division||Office of the Clerk
Federal Building, Room 712
On February 19, 1803 the state of Ohio was organized as a judicial district with one judgeship authorized for this U.S. district court. This district court was not yet assigned to a judicial circuit and was therefore granted the same jurisdiction as the United States circuit courts, excluding appeals and writs of error, which are the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court.
On February 24, 1807, Statute 2 Stat. 420 repealed the authority of the district court in Ohio to exercise the jurisdiction of the U.S. circuit courts. The district of Ohio was reassigned to the newly organized Seventh Circuit and provided for a United States circuit court for the District of Ohio.
The state of Ohio divided into two judicial districts on February 10, 1855. These judicial districts were known as the Northern District of Ohio and the Southern District of Ohio. One judgeship was assigned to each of these districts, with the district judge serving the District of Ohio being reassigned to serve the Southern District of Ohio.
The following table highlights the development of judicial posts for the Southern District of Ohio:
|February 10, 1855||10 Stat. 604||1|
|February 25, 1907||34 Stat. 928||2(1 temporary)|
|February 24, 1910||36 Stat. 202||2|
|August 25, 1937||50 Stat. 805||3|
|May 19, 1961||75 Stat. 80||4|
|March 18, 1966||80 Stat. 75||4|
|June 2, 1970||84 Stat. 294||5|
|October 20, 1978||92 Stat. 1629||6|
|July 10, 1984||98 Stat. 347||7|
|December 1, 1990||104 Stat. 5089||8|
This page is missing notable case information.
For a searchable list of opinions, please see Justia.com-Dockets and Filings-Southern District of Ohio.
Three separate courthouses serve the Southern District of Ohio.
For new stories and other related material see Ohio judicial news.
- United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
- United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
- The court's official site
- U.S. Attorney's site, with map of district
- Sixth Circuit blog
- Opinions of the Southern District of Ohio
- Judges of the Southern District of Ohio
|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 Southern District of Ohio has 8 posts and 0 vacancies. The current Chief Judge is Susan Dlott. This is a list of the current judges on the court:
|Chief Judge Susan Dlott||1949||Dayton, OH||Clinton||12/26/1995 - Present||2009 - Present||Arthur Spiegel||U. of Pennsylvania, B.A., 1970||Boston U. School of Law, J.D., 1973|
|Judge Edmund Sargus||1953||Wheeling, WV||Clinton||8/1/1996 - Present||Carl Rubin||Brown U., A.B., 1975||Case Western Reserve U. School of Law, J.D., 1978|
|Judge Algenon Marbley||1954||Morehead City, NC||Clinton||11/7/1997 - Present||John Holschuh||U. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, B.A., 1976||Northwestern U. School of Law, J.D., 1979|
|Judge Thomas Rose||1948||Circleville, OH||W. Bush||5/10/2002 - Present||Herman Weber||Ohio U., B.S., 1970||U. of Cincinnati College of Law, J.D., 1973|
|Judge Gregory Frost||1949||Newark, OH||W. Bush||3/11/2003 - Present||George Smith||Wittenberg U., B.A., 1971||Ohio Northern U. Law School, J.D., 1974|
|Judge Michael Watson||1956||Akron, OH||W. Bush||9/10/2004 - Present||James Graham||Ohio State U., B.A., 1983||Capital U. School of Law, J.D., 1987|
|Judge Michael Barrett||1951||Cincinnati, OH||W. Bush||5/5/2006 - Present||Walter Rice||U. of Cincinnati, B.A., 1974||U. of Cincinnati College of Law, J.D., 1977|
|Judge Timothy S. Black||1953||Brookline, MA||Obama||5/13/2010 - Present||Sandra Beckwith||Harvard U., A.B., 1975||Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Northern Kentucky U., J.D., 1983|
There are no current pending appointments for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.
Senior judgesSee: Federal judges on senior status
The United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio has 6 judges on senior status currently. This is a list of the current senior judges on the court:
|Senior Judge Sandra Beckwith||H.W. Bush||2/10/1992 - 1/1/2009||2004 - 2009||1/1/2009 - Present||U. of Cincinnati, B.A., 1965||U. of Cincinnati College of Law, J.D., 1968|
|Senior Judge S. Arthur Spiegel||Carter||5/23/1980 - 6/5/1995||6/5/1995 - Present||U. of Cincinnati, B.A., 1942||Harvard Law School, LL.B., 1948|
|Senior Judge Herman Weber||Reagan||4/4/1985 - 1/1/2002||1/1/2002 - Present||Otterbein College, B.A., 1949||Ohio State U. College of Law, J.D., 1952|
|Senior Judge George Smith||Reagan||11/9/1987 - 1/1/2002||1/1/2002 - Present||Ohio State U., B.A., 1957||Ohio State U. College of Law, J.D., 1959|
|Senior Judge James Graham||Reagan||9/26/1986 - 8/31/2004||2003 - 2004||8/31/2004 - Present||Ohio State U., B.A., 1962||Ohio State U. College of Law, J.D., 1962|
|Senior Judge Walter Rice||Carter||5/23/1980 - 11/30/2004||1996-2003||11/30/2004 - Present||Northwestern U., B.A., 1958||Columbia Law School, J.D., 1962|
|Magistrate Judge (Recalled) Michael Merz||1984 - 03/29/2011||Harvard, A.B., 1967||Harvard Law, J.D., 1970|
|Magistrate Judge (Recalled) Mark Abel||05/01/1971 - Present||Ohio U., B.A., 1966||Ohio State U. Law, J.D., 1969|
|Magistrate Judge Norah King||06/1992 - Present||Rosary College, B.A., 1971||Ohio State U. Law, J.D., 1975|
|Chief Magistrate Judge Terence Kemp||09/1987 - Present||Brown U. A.B., 1974||U. of Virginia Law, J.D., 1977|
|Magistrate Judge Sharon Ovington||10/28/2002 - Present||U. of Cincinnati, B.A., 1978||U. of Dayton Law, J.D., 1981|
|Magistrate Judge Karen L. Litkovitz||12/20/2010 - Present||Bowling Green State U., B.S.||U. of Cincinnati Law, J.D., 1984|
|Magistrate Judge Elizabeth Preston Deavers|
|Magistrate Judge Stephanie Bowman|
|Magistrate Judge Michael J. Newman|
Former Chief judges
|Carl Weinman||1962 - 1973|
|Carl Rubin||1979 - 1990|
|David Porter||1977 - 1979|
|Joseph Kinneary||1973 - 1975|
|Timothy Hogan||1975 - 1977|
|Mell Underwood||1953 - 1962|
|Robert Reasoner Nevin||1948 - 1952|
|James Graham||2003 - 2004|
|John Holschuh||1990 - 1996|
|Sandra Beckwith||2004 - 2009|
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 Holschuh
- Humphrey Howe Leavitt
- Philip Bergen Swing
- George Read Sage
- Albert Clifton Thompson
- John Elbert Sater
- Howard Clark Hollister
- John Weld Peck
- Smith Hickenlooper
- Benson Hough
- Robert Reasoner Nevin
- Mell Underwood
- John Druffel
- Lester Cecil
- Robert Duncan
- Timothy Hogan
- Joseph Kinneary
- John Peck II
- David Porter
- Carl Rubin
- Carl Weinman
|Magistrate judges||Michael Merz • Mark Abel • Norah King • Terence Kemp • Sharon Ovington • Karen L. Litkovitz • Elizabeth Preston Deavers • Stephanie Bowman • Michael J. Newman •|
|Former Article III judges||
John Holschuh • Humphrey Howe Leavitt • Philip Bergen Swing • George Read Sage • Albert Clifton Thompson • John Elbert Sater • Howard Clark Hollister • John Weld Peck • Smith Hickenlooper • Benson Hough • Robert Reasoner Nevin • Mell Underwood • John Druffel • Lester Cecil • Robert Duncan • Timothy Hogan • Joseph Kinneary • John Peck II • David Porter • Carl Rubin • Carl Weinman •
|Former Chief judges|