United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia

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Northern District of Georgia
Eleventh Circuit
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Chief:Julie CarnesJudges:8
Posts:11Vacancies:3
Active judges
BattenDuffeyJonesMurphyStoryTotenbergThrash
Senior Judges
CooperEvansForresterHuntO'KelleyPannellShoobTidwellVining
Magistrate Judges
Chief Magistrate:Janet F. King
BavermanJohnsonScofieldVineyardWalkerBrillFuller
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 Northern District of Georgia is a United States district court.

The United States Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court. The current district attorney is Sally Quillian Yates .[1]

Vacancy warning level

The United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia's vacancy warning level is currently set at orange. The court currently has three vacancies, constituting 27% of its total posts. There are four pending appointments awaiting action by the Senate.

Jurisdiction

The Counties of the Northern District of Georgia (click for larger map)

The jurisdiction of the Northern District of Georgia consists of all the counties in the northern part of the state of Georgia.

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

The Atlanta Division, covering Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Newton, and Rockdale Counties

The Gainesville Division, covering Banks, Barrow, Dawson, Fannin, Forsyth, Gilmer, Habersham, Hall, Jackson, Lumpkin, Pickens, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union, and White Counties

The Newnan Division, covering Carroll, Coweta, Fayette, Haralson, Heard, Meriwether, Pike, Spalding, and Troup Counties

The Rome Division, covering Bartow, Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Murray, Paulding, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield 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 Northern 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.

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 50096348113576472 488510.25.877 (2%)2420
2011 47706511112816185 50968.66.485 (2.2%)33.821
2010 43665903102695580 468910.86.7106 (2.9%)44.321
2009 4304536396675286 438111.36.763 (1.9%)25.527
2008 4167559397605473 428712.96.797 (3.2%)024
20073574482684004868353211.37.770 (2.5%)023
*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 Northern District of Georgia has four separate courthouses with clerical contacts and directions for each. The official clerk of court is James N. Hatten Please consult the chart below for more information:

Branch Address Mailing Address Phone Hours
Atlanta Division Richard B. Russell Federal Building and Courthouse

75 Spring Street, SW
Atlanta, GA 30303-3361

(404) 215-1660 8a.m. - 4:45p.m.
Gainesville Division Federal Building

121 Spring Street SE Room 201
Gainesville, Georgia 30501

(678) 450-2760 8a.m. - 4:45p.m.
Newnan Division 18 Greenville Street

Newnan, Georgia 30263

(678) 423-3060 8a.m. - 4:30p.m.
Rome Division 600 East First Street

Rome, Georgia 30161

(706) 378-4060 8:30a.m - 5:00p.m.

History

Court history

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, nine additional posts have been added to the court for a total of 11 posts.[2]

Judicial posts

The following table highlights the development of judicial posts for the Northern District of Georgia:

Year Statute Total Seats
April 25, 1882 22 Stat. 47 1
May 24, 1940 54 Stat. 219 2
1948 Temporary post expired 1
August 3, 1949 63 Stat. 493 2
May 19, 1961 75 Stat. 80 3
June 2, 1970 84 Stat. 294 6
October 20, 1978 92 Stat. 1629 11
[3]

Notable cases

You can find links to Searchable lists of decisions at the courts official page.







Federal courthouse

Major news

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

See also

External links

References

Northern District of Georgia
Eleventh Circuit
GA-ND.gif
Chief:Julie CarnesJudges:8
Posts:11Vacancies:3
Active judges
BattenDuffeyJonesMurphyStoryTotenbergThrash
Senior Judges
CooperEvansForresterHuntO'KelleyPannellShoobTidwellVining
Magistrate Judges
Chief Magistrate:Janet F. King
BavermanJohnsonScofieldVineyardWalkerBrillFuller
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
Chief Judge Julie Carnes1950Atlanta, GAH.W. Bush 2/10/1992 - Present2009 - PresentRobert HallU. of Georgia, BA., 1972U. of Georgia Law, J.D., 1975
Judge Richard Story1953Augusta, GAClinton 2/4/1998 - PresentWilliam O'KelleyLaGrange College, B.A., 1975U. of Georgia Law, J.D., 1978
Judge Thomas Thrash1951Birmingham, ALClinton 8/1/1997 - PresentRobert ViningU. of Virginia, B.A., 1973Harvard Law, J.D., 1976
Judge Timothy Batten1960Atlanta, GAW. Bush 3/28/2006 - PresentWillis Hunt, Jr.Georgia Institute of Technology, BA., 1981U. of Georgia Law, J.D., 1984.
Judge William Duffey1952Philadelphia, PAW. Bush 7/1/2004 - PresentOwen ForresterDrake U., BA., 1973U. of South Carolina Law, JD., 1977
Judge Harold Murphy1927Haralson County, GACarter 7/29/1977 - PresentJames HillU. of Georgia Law, LL.B., 1949
Judge Steve C. Jones1957Athens, GAObama 3/3/2011 - PresentOrinda EvansU. of Georgia '78U. of Georgia Law '87
Judge Amy Totenberg1950New York, NYObama 2/28/2011 - PresentJack CampHarvard-Radcliffe '74Harvard Law '77


Pending appointments

JudgeConfirmationBachelorsLaw
Michael P. BoggsGeorgia Southern College, B.A., 1985Mercer University, J.D., 1990
Eleanor L. RossAmerican University, B.A., 1989University of Houston, J.D., 1994
Mark Howard CohenEmory, B.A., 1976Emory Law, J.D., 1979
Leigh Martin MayGeorgia Inst. of Tech, B.S., 1993U. of Georgia Law, J.D., 1998


Senior judges

JudgeAppointed byActiveChiefSeniorBachelorsLaw
Senior Judge Orinda EvansCarter 7/24/1979 - 12/31/20081999 - 200612/31/2008 - PresentDuke University, B.A., 1965Emory University School of Law, J.D., 1968
Senior Judge Marvin ShoobCarter 7/24/1979 - 9/30/19919/30/1991 - PresentUniversity of Georgia School of Law, J.D., 1948
Senior Judge Owen ForresterReagan 12/10/1981 - 4/27/20044/27/2004 - PresentGeorgia Institute of Technology, B.A., 1961Emory University School of Law, J.D., 1966
Senior Judge William O'KelleyNixon 10/16/1970 - 10/1/19961988 - 199410/1/1996 - PresentEmory University, B.A., 1951Emory University School of Law, LL.B., 1953
Senior Judge Ernest TidwellCarter 7/24/1979 - 10/8/19991996 - 199910/8/1999 - PresentEmory University School of Law, LL.B., 1954
Senior Judge Clarence CooperClinton 5/9/1997 - 2/9/20092/9/2009 - PresentClark College, B.A., 1964Emory University School of Law, J.D., 1967
Senior Judge Willis HuntClinton 3/24/1995 - 6/30/20056/30/2005 - PresentEmory University, LL.B., 1954University of Virginia School of Law, LL.M.,1990
Senior Judge Charles PannellClinton 8/3/2000 - 1/31/20131/31/2013 - PresentU. of Georgia, B.A., 1967U. of Georgia Law, J.D., 1970
Senior Judge Robert ViningCarter 7/24/1979 - 3/31/19961995 - 19963/31/1996 - PresentUniversity of Georgia, B.A., 1959University of Georgia School of Law, J.D., 1959


Magistrate judges

JudgeActiveBachelorsLaw
Magistrate Judge Alan Baverman02/01/2001 - Present
Magistrate Judge Gerrilyn G. Brill
Magistrate Judge Walter E. Johnson03/19/2002 - Present
Chief Magistrate Judge Janet F. King10/20/1998 - Present
Magistrate Judge Clayton Scofield III
Magistrate Judge Russell G. Vineyard10/23/2006 - Present
Magistrate Judge Linda T. Walker1999-PresentSouthern U., B.S., 1983U. of Georgia Law, J.D., 1989
Magistrate Judge J. Clay Fuller9/4/2012 - Present


Past judges

Former Chief judges

Former Chief JudgesTerm
Robert Lee Russell1949
Sidney Smith1968-1974
Frank Hooper1950-1965
Newell Edenfield1974-1976
Maurice Andrews1949-1950
Lewis Morgan1965-1968
Albert Henderson1976-1979
Robert Vining1995 - 1996
Ernest Tidwell1996 - 1999
William O'Kelley1988 - 1994
Charles Moye1979-1987
Orinda Evans1999 - 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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