United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina

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Middle District of North Carolina
Fourth Circuit
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Chief:William OsteenJudges:4
Posts:4Vacancies:0
Active judges
EaglesJames BeatySchroeder
Senior Judges
Tilley
Magistrate Judges
AuldPeakeWebster
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 U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina is a United States district court. It consists of five divisions with a headquarters in Greensboro.

The United States Attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court. The current district attorney is Ripley Rand .[1]

When decisions of the court are appealed, they are appealed to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals based in Downtown Richmond, VA at the Lewis F. Powell Federal Courthouse.

Vacancy warning level

The United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina's vacancy warning level is currently set at Green. The court currently has no vacancies.

Jurisdiction

The Counties of the Middle District of North Carolina (click for larger map)

The geographic jurisdiction of the Middle District of North Carolina consists of all the following counties in the middle part of the state of North Carolina.

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

The Durham Division, covering Chatham, Durham, Lee, Orange, and Person Counties

The Greensboro Division, covering Alamance, Caswell, Guilford, Randolph, and Rockingham Counties

The Rockingham Division, covering Hoke, Montgomery, Moore, Richmond, and Scotland Counties

The Salisbury Division, covering Cabarrus, Davidson, Davie, Rowan, and Stanly Counties

The Winston-Salem Division, covering Forsyth, Stokes, Surry, and Yadkin Counties

When decisions of the court are appealed, they are appealed to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals based in Downtown Richmond, VA at the Lewis F. Powell Federal Courthouse.

Cases heard

The Middle 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.

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 1583199035731390 21836.98.960 (3.6%)016
2011 1597165332501651 15998.19.835 (3.2%)2.520
2010 1547167332201585 163510.68.329(2.9%)1223
2009 1479160030791504 157510.89.433 (3.9%)9.427
2008 1296179430901580 15107.98.555 (6.6%)2.420
2007129515952890167712136.19.348 (5.5%)23.322
*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 Middle District of North Carolina has three courthouses. Offices are open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., excluding holidays. The only office with clerk's staff is the L. Richardson Preyer Federal Courthouse at the Greensboro Division. The official Clerk of Court is John S. Brubaker and can be contacted at 336 332-6000. Please consult the chart below for courthouse locations:

Location Address Phone number
Greensboro Division United States District Court

Middle District of North Carolina John S. Brubaker, Clerk of Court 324 West Market Street, Suite 401 Greensboro, NC 27401

336 332-6000
Winston-Salem Division United States District Court

Middle District of North Carolina 251 N. Main St Winston-Salem, NC 27101

336-734-2516
Durham Division United States District Court

323 East Chapel Hill Street Durham, NC 27702

919-425-8883

History

Court history

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 Western District of North Carolina to reach the current total of four posts.[2]

Judicial posts

The following table highlights the development of judicial posts for the Western District of North Carolina:

Year Statute Total Seats
June 4, 1790 1 Stat. 126 1 (Whole state)
March 2, 1927 44 Stat. 1339 1
May 19, 1961 75 Stat. 80 2
October 20, 1978 92 Stat. 1629 3
December 1, 1990 104 Stat. 5089 4
[2]

Notable cases



Federal courthouse

There are three federal courthouses that serve the Middle District of North Carolina.

Major news

For new stories and other related material see North Carolina judicial news.

See also

External link

References

Middle District of North Carolina
Fourth Circuit
Fedbadgesmall.png
Chief:William OsteenJudges:4
Posts:4Vacancies:0
Active judges
EaglesJames BeatySchroeder
Senior Judges
Tilley
Magistrate Judges
AuldPeakeWebster
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

Active judges

Article III judges

JudgeBornHomeAppointed byActiveChiefPreceededBachelorsLaw
Judge James Beaty1949Whitmire, SCClinton 10/11/1994 - Present2006 - 10/31/2012Richard ErwinWestern Carolina U., B.A., 1971U. of North Carolina Law, J.D., 1974
Judge Thomas Schroeder1959Atlanta, GAW. Bush 01/08/2008 - PresentFrank BullockKansas U., B.S., 1981Notre Dame Law , J.D., 1984
Chief Judge William Osteen1960Greensboro, NCW. Bush 09/19/2007 - Present11/1/2012-PresentWilliam Osteen, Sr.U. of North Carolina, B.S., 1983U. of North Carolina Law, J.D., 1987
Judge Catherine Eagles1958Memphis, TNObama 12/16/2010 - PresentNorwood TilleySouthwestern at Memphis (now Rhodes College), 1979National Law Center, George Washington University, 1982


Pending appointments

There are no current pending appointments for the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina.


Senior judges

JudgeAppointed byActiveChiefSeniorBachelorsLaw
Senior Judge Norwood TilleyReagan 10/17/1988 - 12/15/20081999 - 200612/16/2008 - PresentWake Forest, B.S., 1966Wake Forest Law, J.D., 1969


Magistrate judges

JudgeActiveBachelorsLaw
Magistrate Judge L. Patrick Auld
Magistrate Judge Joi Elizabeth Peake2/5/2012-PresentFurman University, 1994UNC Chapel Hill, 1998
Magistrate Judge Joe L. Webster2012-PresentHoward University, 1976Howard University School of Law, 1979


Past judges

Former Chief judges

Former Chief JudgesTerm
Hiram Ward1982 - 1988
Edwin Stanley1961 - 1971
Eugene Gordon1971 - 1982
Richard Erwin1988 - 1992
Frank Bullock1992 - 1999
Norwood Tilley1999 - 2006

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.[1][2]



Former judges


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