United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi
The United States Attorney for the Northern District of Mississippi represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court.
Vacancy warning level
The United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi's vacancy warning level is currently set at orange. The court currently has one vacancy for its three posts.
The Northern District of Mississippi 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 Northern District of Mississippi has four divisions with three separate courthouses. Please consult the chart below for more information on individual courthouses:
|Courthouse||Counties served||Physical Address||Mailing Address||Phone and Fax number||Office hours|
|Aberdeen||Alcorn, Attala, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Clay, Itawamba, Lee, Lowndes, Monroe, Oktibbeha, Prentiss, Tishomingo, Winston.||Thomas G. Abernathy Federal Building
301 W. Commerce St.
|P.O. Box 704
Aberdeen, MS 39730
|Phone: (662) 369-4952||M-F 8:00 am - 5:00 pm|
Closed 12:00 pm - 1:00pm
|Greenville||Carroll, Humphreys, Leflore, Sunflower, and Washington.||United States District Court
305 Main Street - Room 329
|Phone:(662) 234-1971||Appointment only|
|Oxford||Bolivar, Coahoma, Desoto, Panola, Quitman, Tallahatchie, Tate, and Tunica.||Room 369 Federal Building
911 Jackson Avenue
|Phone: (662) 234-1971||M-F 8:00 am - 5:00 pm|
Federal courts in Mississippi were established by Congress on April 3, 1818 with one post to cover the entire state. On June 18, 1838 Congress divided the district into the Northern District of Mississippi and the Southern District of Mississippi. Over time, two additional judicial posts were added to the Northern District for the current total of three.
The following table highlights the development of judicial posts for the Northern District of Mississippi:
|April 3, 1818||3 Stat. 413||1(Whole State)|
|June 18, 1838||5 Stat. 247||1(Shared)|
|March 1, 1929||45 Stat. 1422||1|
|March 18, 1966||80 Stat. 75||2|
|July 10, 1984||98 Stat. 333||3|
This page is missing notable case information.
For a searchable list of opinions, please see Opinions of the Southern District of Mississippi.
The Northern District of Mississippi has three federal courthouse.
For new stories and other related material see Mississippi judicial news.
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi
- Judges of the Northern District of Mississippi
- Opinions of the Southern District of Mississippi
|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 Northern District of Mississippi has 3 posts and 1 vacancy. The current Chief Judge is Robert James. This is a list of the current judges on the court:
|Chief Judge Michael Mills||1956||Charleston, SC||W. Bush||10/11/2001 - Present||2007 - Present||Neal Biggers||U. of Mississippi, B.A., 1978||U. of Mississippi Law, J.D., 1980|
|Judge Sharion Aycock||1955||Tupelo, MS||W. Bush||10/22/2007 - Present||Glen Davidson||Mississippi State U., B.A., 1977||Mississippi College Law, J.D., 1980|
There are no current pending appointments for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi.
Senior judgesSee: Federal judges on senior status
The United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi has 2 judges on senior status currently. This is a list of the current senior judges on the court:
|Senior Judge Neal Biggers||Reagan||03/28/1984 - 09/30/2000||1998 - 2000||10/01/2000 - Present||Millsaps College, B.A., 1956||U. of Mississippi Law School, J.D., 1963|
|Senior Judge Glen Davidson||Reagan||10/17/1985 - 05/31/2007||2000 - 2007||06/01/2007 - Present||U. of Mississippi, B.A., 1962||U. of Mississippi Law, J.D., 1965|
|Magistrate Judge Allan Alexander|
|Magistrate Judge David Sanders|
|Magistrate Judge Jane Virden||06/13/2011 - Present|
Former Chief judges
|Claude Feemster Clayton||1966 - 1967|
|William Colbert Keady||1968 - 1982|
|Glen Davidson||2000 - 2007|
|Neal Biggers||1998 - 2000|
|Lyonel Senter||1982 - 1998|
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||Allan Alexander • David Sanders • Jane Virden •|
|Former Article III judges||
George Adams • Samuel Jameson Gholson • Robert Andrews Hill • Henry Clay Niles • Edwin Ruthven Holmes • Lyonel Senter • Allen Pepper • Orma Rinehart Smith • William Colbert Keady • Claude Feemster Clayton • Elijah Allen Cox •
|Former Chief judges|