United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia
The United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia is a United States district court.
Vacancy warning level
The United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia's vacancy warning level is currently set at green. The court has all three posts currently filled.
There are six court divisions, each covering the following counties:
The Southern District of Georgia 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 Southern District of Georgia has six separate courthouses with clerical contacts and directions for each. All Clerk's offices are open from 8:30a.m. to 5p.m. five days a week excluding holidays. Please consult the chart below for more information:
|Augusta Division||600 James Brown Blvd.
Augusta, GA 30901
|P. O. Box 1130
Augusta, Ga. 30903
|Brunswick Division||801 Gloucester Street
Brunswick, GA 31520
|P.O. Box 1636
Brunswick, GA 31521
|Dublin Division||100 North Franklin Street
Dublin, GA 31021
|Savannah Division||125 Bull Street
Savannah, GA 31401
|PO Box 8286
Savannah, GA 31412
|Waycross Division||601 Tebeau Street
Waycross, GA 31501
|Statesboro Courthouse||52 North Main Street
Statesboro, GA 30458
The District of Georgia was established by the Judiciary Act of 1789 and established the entire state as one district with one post. On August 11, 1848 Congress reorganized the District of Georgia into the Northern District of Georgia and the Southern District of Georgia with one post split between the two districts. On April 25, 1882 Congress assigned a new post to the Northern District of Georgia and permanently assigned the previous post to the Southern District of Georgia. Since then, two additional posts have been added to the court for a total of three posts. 
The following table highlights the development of judicial posts for the Southern District of Georgia:
|April 25, 1882||22 Stat. 47||1|
|March 3, 1915||38 Stat. 959||2|
|1918||Temporary post expired||1|
|June 2, 1970||84 Stat. 294||2|
|October 20, 1978||92 Stat. 1629||3|
You can find a list of search-able opinions at: Opinions of the Southern District of Georgia.
| • Troy Davis' innocence claim Judge(s):William Moore|
*In Re: Troy Anthony Davis 4:09-cv-00130-WTM
|In August 2010, Judge Moore rejected claims of innocence by Troy Davis, convicted of killing a police officer, in an unusual hearing ordered by the Supreme Court of the United States. By that time, Davis had spent 19 years in prison and was scheduled to be executed, though many believed him to be not guilty. Due to new evidence against his conviction as well as several key witnesses recanting their testimony, the Supreme Court ordered a hearing by a federal judge on Davis' innocence claims. It is the first time in 50 years such a hearing has been ordered. Although Judge Moore finally rejected the claims saying, "Ultimately, while Mr. Davis' new evidence casts some additional, minimal doubt on his conviction, it is largely smoke and mirrors. The vast majority of the evidence at trial remains largely intact, and the new evidence is largely not credible or [is] lacking in probative value," he did suggest that Davis appeal directly to the U.S. Supreme Court. Ultimately, Davis did appeal to the Supreme Court of the United States. A stay of execution was denied; Davis was put to death in September 2011. |
There are six federal courthouses that serve the Southern District of Georgia.
For new stories and other related material see Georgia judicial news.
- United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia
- US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Georgia
- Opinions of the Southern District of Georgia
|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 Georgia has 3 posts and 0 vacancies. The current Chief Judge is Lisa Wood. This is a list of the current judges on the court:
|Judge William Moore||1940||Bainbridge, GA||Clinton||10/11/1994 - Present||2004 - 2010||Anthony Alaimo||U. of Georgia Law, 1964|
|Judge James Hall||1958||Augusta, GA||W. Bush||4/23/2008 - Present||Berry Edenfield||Augusta State U., 1979||University of Georgia School of Law, 1982|
|Chief Judge Lisa Wood||1963||Lexington, KY||W. Bush||2/8/2007 - Present||2010-Current||Dudley Bowen||U. of Georgia, B.A., 1985||U. of Georgia Law, J.D., 1990|
There are no current pending appointments for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia.
Senior judgesSee: Federal judges on senior status
The United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia has 2 judges on senior status currently. This is a list of the current senior judges on the court:
|Senior Judge Berry Edenfield||Carter||10/11/1978 - 8/2/2009||1990 - 1997||8/2/2009 - Present||University of Georgia, Bachelor's Business Administration, 1956||University of Georgia, LL.B., 1958|
|Senior Judge Dudley Bowen||Carter||11/27/1979 - 6/25/2006||1997 - 2004||6/25/2006 - Present||University of Georgia, Bachelor in Business Administration, 1964||University of Georgia, LL.B., 1965|
|Magistrate Judge W. Leon Barfield|
|Magistrate Judge James E. Graham|
|Magistrate Judge G.R. Smith|
Former Chief judges
|Alexander Lawrence||1970 - 1976|
|William Moore||2004 - 2010|
|Dudley Bowen||1997 - 2004|
|Berry Edenfield||1990 - 1997|
|Anthony Alaimo||1976 - 1990|
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||W. Leon Barfield • James E. Graham • G.R. Smith •|
|Former Article III judges|
|Former Chief judges|