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United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama

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Southern District of Alabama
Eleventh Circuit
AL-SD.gif
Chief:William SteeleJudges:3
Posts:3Vacancies:0
Active judges
DuBoseGranade
Senior Judges
Butler
Magistrate Judges
CassadyMillingBivinsNelson
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 Southern District of Alabama is a United States district court.

The United States Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court. The current district attorney is Kenyen Ray Brown .[1]

Vacancy warning level

The United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama's vacancy warning level is currently set at green. The court currently has no vacancies, with all of the posts currently filled.

Jurisdiction

The Counties of the Southern District of Alabama (click for larger map)

The jurisdiction of the Southern District of Alabama consists of all the counties in the southern part of the state of Alabama.

There are two court divisions, each covering the following counties:

The Mobile Division, covering Baldwin, Choctaw, Clarke, Conecuh, Escambia, Mobile, Monroe, and Washington Counties

The Selma Division, covering Dallas, Hale, Perry, Marengo, and Wilcox Counties

When decisions of the court are appealed, they are appealed to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals based in Downtown Atlanta at the Elbert P. Tuttle Federal Courthouse.

Cases heard

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.

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 1122133424561413 10436.87.826 (3.9%)030
2011 1077136324401317 11236.98.426 (3.8%)028
2010 1055126623211232 10897.96.619 (3%)032
2009 1161129724581389 10697.57.923 (3.4%)036
2008 1335145627911609 11826.97.723 (3.6%)032
2007107516102685146012257.27.316 (2.1%)039
*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 Southern District of Alabama has two separate courthouses. The Mobile courthouse is the official contact for the court. Charles R. Diard, Jr. is the official clerk of court. Please consult the chart below for more information:

Branch Address Mailing Address Phone
Mobile Division United States District Court

Southern District of Alabama
113 St. Joseph Street
Mobile, AL 36602

(251) 690-2371
Selma Division 908 Alabama Avenue

Selma, AL 36701

United States District Court

Southern District of Alabama
113 St. Joseph Street
Mobile, AL 36602

(334) 872-1856

History

Court history

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.[2]

Judicial posts

The following table highlights the development of judicial posts for the Southern District of Alabama:

Year Statute Total Seats
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
[2]

Notable cases

For a searchable list of opinions, please see Opinions of the Southern District of Alabama.


Federal courthouse

Major news

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

See also

External links

References

Southern District of Alabama
Eleventh Circuit
AL-SD.gif
Chief:William SteeleJudges:3
Posts:3Vacancies:0
Active judges
DuBoseGranade
Senior Judges
Butler
Magistrate Judges
CassadyMillingBivinsNelson
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

Since the court was established, 20 Article III federal judges have served on it.[1]

Active judges

Article III judges

JudgeBornHomeAppointed byActiveChiefPreceededBachelorsLaw
Judge Callie Granade1950Lexington, VAW. Bush 2/12/2002 - Present2003 - 2010Alex HowardHollins College, B.A., 1972U. of Texas Law, J.D., 1975
Chief Judge William Steele1951Tuscumbia, ALW. Bush 3/14/2003 - Present2010-PresentRichard VollmerU. of Southern Mississippi, B.A., 1972U. of Alabama Law, J.D., 1980
Judge Kristi DuBose1964Brewton, ALW. Bush 12/27/2005 - PresentCharles Butler, Jr.Huntington College, B.A., 1986Emory U. Law, J.D., 1989


Pending appointments

There are no current pending appointments for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama.


Senior judges

JudgeAppointed byActiveChiefSeniorBachelorsLaw
Senior Judge Charles ButlerReagan 10/17/1988 - 3/28/20051994 - 20033/28/2005 - PresentWashington and Lee University, B.A., 1962University of Alabama School of Law, LL.B., 1966


Magistrate judges

JudgeActiveBachelorsLaw
Magistrate Judge William Cassady
Magistrate Judge Bert Milling
Magistrate Judge Katherine Nelson
Magistrate Judge Sonja Bivins10/2003 - PresentSpring Hill CollegeU. of Alabama Law, J.D.


Past judges

Former Chief judges

Former Chief JudgesTerm
Alex Howard1989 - 1994
Daniel Thomas1966 - 1971
William Hand1981 - 1989
Thomas Pittman1971 - 1981
Charles Butler1994 - 2003
Callie Granade2003 - 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.[2][3]



Former judges


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