United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio

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Southern District of Ohio
Sixth Circuit
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Chief:Susan DlottJudges:8
Posts:8Vacancies:0
Active judges
BarrettBlackFrostMarbleyRoseSargusWatson
Senior Judges
BeckwithGrahamRiceSmithSpiegelWeber
Magistrate Judges
Chief Magistrate:Sharon Ovington
AbelBowmanDeaversKempKingLitkovitzMerzNewman
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 United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio is one of two United States district courts in Ohio and includes forty-eight of the state's eighty-eight counties.

The court is divided into two divisions. The Eastern Division, which sits in the Joseph P. Kinneary United States Courthouse at Columbus, serves the counties of Athens, Belmont, Coshocton, Delaware, Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin, Gallia, Guernsey, Harrison, Hocking, Jackson, Jefferson, Knox, Licking, Logan, Madison, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Morrow, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Pickaway, Pike, Ross, Union, Vinton, and Washington

The Western Division sits at both Cincinnati and Dayton. Cases from the counties of Adams, Brown, Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton, Highland, Lawrence, Scioto, and Warren are heard at Cincinnati in the Potter Stewart United States Courthouse. Cases from the counties of Champaign, Clark, Darke, Greene, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, and Shelby are heard at Dayton.

The court, as of 2006, has eight active judges (the maximum authorized by law), six senior judges and seven magistrates. The chief judge is Susan Dlott.

The United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court. The current district attorney is Carter M. Stewart .[1]

When decisions of the court are appealed, they are appealed to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals based at the same building the Southern District of Ohio is located in Downtown Cincinnati at the Potter A. Stewart Federal Courthouse and Building.

Vacancy warning level

The United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio's vacancy warning level is currently set at green. The court currently has zero vacancies out of their eight posts. There are no pending appointments for the district.

Jurisdiction

The Counties of the Southern District of Ohio (click for larger map)

The geographic jurisdiction of the Southern District of Ohio consists of all the following counties in the southern part of the state of Ohio.

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

The Eastern Division, covering Athens, Belmont, Coshocton, Delaware, Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin, Gallia, Guernsey, Harrison, Hocking, Jackson, Jefferson, Knox, Licking, Logan, Madison, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Morrow, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Pickaway, Pike, Ross, Union, Vinton and Washington Counties.

The Western Division, covering Adams, Brown, Butler, Champaign, Clark, Clermont, Clinton, Darke, Greene, Hamilton, Highland, Lawrence, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, Scioto, Shelby and Warren Counties.

The main courthouse is located in Cleveland (where the chief judge and most of the Northern District's judges have chambers), along with other offices in Toledo, Akron, and Youngstown.

When decisions of the court are appealed, they are appealed to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals based in Downtown Cincinnati at the Potter A. Stewart Federal Courthouse and Building.

Cases heard

The Southern District of Ohio 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 3521354970703684 33868.39.8149 (5.7%)026
2011 3645357072153677 35388.510.3163 (6.1%)026
2010 3708356072683609 36597.910.4192 (6.9%)7.320
2009 3523361171343427 37079.110.6187 (6.7%)8.921
2008 3789354973383853 34858.610.3196 (7.2%)022
2007342237197141353036118.610.6197 (6.5%)024
*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.
OHS Terminations Filed.jpg OHS Median Times.jpg

Clerk's office

The Northern District of Ohio has three separate courthouses. The Clerk's office is open Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m, excluding Federal holidays. Please consult the chart below for more information:

Branch Address Phone number
Cincinnati Division Office of the Clerk

Potter Stewart U.S. Courthouse, Room 103
100 East Fifth Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

513-564-7500
Columbus Division Office of the Clerk

Joseph P. Kinneary U.S. Courthouse, Room 121
85 Marconi Boulevard
Columbus, Ohio 43215

614-719-3000
Dayton Division Office of the Clerk

Federal Building, Room 712
200 West Second Street
Dayton, Ohio 45402

937-512-1400
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History

Court history

On February 19, 1803 the state of Ohio was organized as a judicial district with one judgeship authorized for this U.S. district court. This district court was not yet assigned to a judicial circuit and was therefore granted the same jurisdiction as the United States circuit courts, excluding appeals and writs of error, which are the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court.

On February 24, 1807, Statute 2 Stat. 420 repealed the authority of the district court in Ohio to exercise the jurisdiction of the U.S. circuit courts. The district of Ohio was reassigned to the newly organized Seventh Circuit and provided for a United States circuit court for the District of Ohio.

The state of Ohio divided into two judicial districts on February 10, 1855. These judicial districts were known as the Northern District of Ohio and the Southern District of Ohio. One judgeship was assigned to each of these districts, with the district judge serving the District of Ohio being reassigned to serve the Southern District of Ohio.

Congress went on to reorganize the circuits on July 23, 1866 and assigned the state of Ohio to the Sixth Circuit. Over time 7 additional judicial posts were added for a total of 8 current posts.[3]

Judicial posts

The following table highlights the development of judicial posts for the Southern District of Ohio:

Year Statute Total Seats
February 10, 1855 10 Stat. 604 1
February 25, 1907 34 Stat. 928 2(1 temporary)
February 24, 1910 36 Stat. 202 2
August 25, 1937 50 Stat. 805 3
May 19, 1961 75 Stat. 80 4
March 18, 1966 80 Stat. 75 4
June 2, 1970 84 Stat. 294 5
October 20, 1978 92 Stat. 1629 6
July 10, 1984 98 Stat. 347 7
December 1, 1990 104 Stat. 5089 8
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Notable cases

For a searchable list of opinions, please see Justia.com-Dockets and Filings-Southern District of Ohio.



Federal courthouse

Three separate courthouses serve the Southern District of Ohio.

Major news

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

See also

External links

References

Southern District of Ohio
Sixth Circuit
Ohio-SD.gif
Chief:Susan DlottJudges:8
Posts:8Vacancies:0
Active judges
BarrettBlackFrostMarbleyRoseSargusWatson
Senior Judges
BeckwithGrahamRiceSmithSpiegelWeber
Magistrate Judges
Chief Magistrate:Sharon Ovington
AbelBowmanDeaversKempKingLitkovitzMerzNewman
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

Article III judges

JudgeBornHomeAppointed byActiveChiefPreceededBachelorsLaw
Chief Judge Susan Dlott1949Dayton, OHClinton 12/26/1995 - Present2009 - PresentArthur SpiegelU. of Pennsylvania, B.A., 1970Boston U. School of Law, J.D., 1973
Judge Edmund Sargus1953Wheeling, WVClinton 8/1/1996 - PresentCarl RubinBrown U., A.B., 1975Case Western Reserve U. School of Law, J.D., 1978
Judge Algenon Marbley1954Morehead City, NCClinton 11/7/1997 - PresentJohn HolschuhU. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, B.A., 1976Northwestern U. School of Law, J.D., 1979
Judge Thomas Rose1948Circleville, OHW. Bush 5/10/2002 - PresentHerman WeberOhio U., B.S., 1970U. of Cincinnati College of Law, J.D., 1973
Judge Gregory Frost1949Newark, OHW. Bush 3/11/2003 - PresentGeorge SmithWittenberg U., B.A., 1971Ohio Northern U. Law School, J.D., 1974
Judge Michael Watson1956Akron, OHW. Bush 9/10/2004 - PresentJames GrahamOhio State U., B.A., 1983Capital U. School of Law, J.D., 1987
Judge Michael Barrett1951Cincinnati, OHW. Bush 5/5/2006 - PresentWalter RiceU. of Cincinnati, B.A., 1974U. of Cincinnati College of Law, J.D., 1977
Judge Timothy S. Black1953Brookline, MAObama 5/13/2010 - PresentSandra BeckwithHarvard U., A.B., 1975Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Northern Kentucky U., J.D., 1983


Pending appointments

There are no current pending appointments for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.


Senior judges

JudgeAppointed byActiveChiefSeniorBachelorsLaw
Senior Judge Sandra BeckwithH.W. Bush 2/10/1992 - 1/1/20092004 - 20091/1/2009 - PresentU. of Cincinnati, B.A., 1965U. of Cincinnati College of Law, J.D., 1968
Senior Judge S. Arthur SpiegelCarter 5/23/1980 - 6/5/19956/5/1995 - PresentU. of Cincinnati, B.A., 1942Harvard Law School, LL.B., 1948
Senior Judge Herman WeberReagan 4/4/1985 - 1/1/20021/1/2002 - PresentOtterbein College, B.A., 1949Ohio State U. College of Law, J.D., 1952
Senior Judge George SmithReagan 11/9/1987 - 1/1/20021/1/2002 - PresentOhio State U., B.A., 1957Ohio State U. College of Law, J.D., 1959
Senior Judge James GrahamReagan 9/26/1986 - 8/31/2004 2003 - 20048/31/2004 - PresentOhio State U., B.A., 1962Ohio State U. College of Law, J.D., 1962
Senior Judge Walter RiceCarter 5/23/1980 - 11/30/20041996-200311/30/2004 - PresentNorthwestern U., B.A., 1958Columbia Law School, J.D., 1962


Magistrate judges

JudgeActiveBachelorsLaw
Magistrate Judge (Recalled) Michael Merz1984 - 03/29/2011Harvard, A.B., 1967Harvard Law, J.D., 1970
Magistrate Judge (Recalled) Mark Abel05/01/1971 - PresentOhio U., B.A., 1966Ohio State U. Law, J.D., 1969
Magistrate Judge Norah King06/1992 - PresentRosary College, B.A., 1971Ohio State U. Law, J.D., 1975
Chief Magistrate Judge Terence Kemp09/1987 - PresentBrown U. A.B., 1974U. of Virginia Law, J.D., 1977
Magistrate Judge Sharon Ovington10/28/2002 - PresentU. of Cincinnati, B.A., 1978U. of Dayton Law, J.D., 1981
Magistrate Judge Karen L. Litkovitz12/20/2010 - PresentBowling Green State U., B.S.U. of Cincinnati Law, J.D., 1984
Magistrate Judge Elizabeth Preston Deavers
Magistrate Judge Stephanie Bowman
Magistrate Judge Michael J. Newman


Past judges

Former Chief judges

Former Chief JudgesTerm
Carl Weinman1962 - 1973
Carl Rubin1979 - 1990
David Porter1977 - 1979
Joseph Kinneary1973 - 1975
Timothy Hogan1975 - 1977
Mell Underwood1953 - 1962
Robert Reasoner Nevin1948 - 1952
Walter Rice1996-2003
James Graham 2003 - 2004
John Holschuh1990 - 1996
Sandra Beckwith2004 - 2009

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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