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%

The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina is one of ninety-four United States district courts. It consists of five divisions with a headquarters in Greensboro, North Carolina. When decisions of the court are appealed, they are appealed to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals based in downtown Richmond, Virginia at the Lewis F. Powell Federal Courthouse.

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]

Vacancy warning level

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

Pending nominations

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


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


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


Jurisdiction

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

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.

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

Caseloads

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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.


Notable cases



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.[7]

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
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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.[8][9]

Former judges

For more information on judges of the Middle District of North Carolina, see former federal judges of the Middle District of North Carolina.

Federal courthouse

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

See also

External links

References


North CarolinaSupreme Court of North CarolinaNorth Carolina Court of AppealsNorth Carolina Superior CourtsNorth Carolina District CourtsUnited States District Court for the Eastern District of North CarolinaUnited States District Court for the Middle District of North CarolinaUnited States District Court for the Western District of North CarolinaUnited States Court of Appeals for the Fourth CircuitNorth Carolina countiesNorth Carolina judicial newsNorth Carolina judicial electionsJudicial selection in North CarolinaNorthCarolinaTemplatewithoutBankruptcy.jpg