United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee
The United States Attorney of the Western District of Tennessee represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court. 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.
The Western Division's main office is in Memphis, Tennessee.
Vacancy warning level
The United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee's vacancy warning level is currently set at green. The court currently has no vacancies out of their five posts.
There are two court divisions, each covering the following counties:
Court locations for the Western District are located in Memphis, Jackson and Dyersburg, Tennessee.
Tennessee -- along with Kentucky, Ohio, and Michigan -- is located within the area covered by the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. 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.
The Western District of Tennessee 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 Western District of Tennessee has three separate courthouses. The Clerk's office is open Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m, excluding Federal holidays. Please consult the chart below for more information:
|Eastern Divisional Office||111 South Highland Avenue
|Western Divisional Office||167 N. Main Street
The state of Tennessee was organized as a single judicial district with one judgeship on January 31, 1797. This judicial district was not yet assigned to a judicial circuit, and therefore was granted that same jurisdiction as the United States circuit courts, excluding in appeals and writs of error which are the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court.
The Judiciary Act of 1801 on February 13 removed the district court in Tennessee and then authorized the United States Circuit Court for the Sixth Circuit to hold court in the Eastern District of Tennessee and the Western District of Tennessee. The full jurisdiction of the district and circuit courts was applied to these districts.
The Judiciary Act of 1801 was repealed on March 8, 1802, and thus restored the judicial organization that had remained in effect before 1801. This reestablished the U.S. District Court for the District of Tennessee, with circuit court trial jurisdiction.
On April 29, 1802, Statute 2 Stat. 165 divided the state of Tennessee into the Eastern District of Tennessee and the Western District of Tennessee. One judgeship was assigned to each of the districts.
The act on February 24, 1807 repealed the circuit court jurisdiction of the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District of Tennessee and the Western District of Tennessee. The districts were assigned to the Seventh Circuit and a United States Circuit Court of the District of Tennessee was established.
Congress assigned the judicial districts of Tennessee to the Eighth Circuit on March 3, 1837. The Middle District of Tennessee was established on June 18, 1839 and the existing judgeship was made to serve all three judicial districts.
On July 15, 1862, Congress assigned the judicial districts of Tennessee to the Sixth Circuit. Over time 4 additional judicial posts were added to the Western District of Tennessee for a total of 5 current posts.
The following table highlights the development of judicial posts for the Western District of Tennessee:
|April 29, 1802||2 Stat. 165||1|
|June 14, 1878||20 Stat. 132||1|
|May 19, 1961||75 Stat. 80||2|
|June 2, 1970||84 Stat. 294||3|
|July 10, 1984||98 Stat. 333||4|
|December 1, 1990||104 Stat. 5089||5|
This page is missing notable case information.
For a searchable list of opinions, please see Justia.com-Dockets and Filings-Western District of Tennessee.
Two separate courthouses serve the Western District of Tennessee.
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- United States District Court for the District of Western Tenneesee
- United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of Tennessee
- Judges of the Western District of Tennessee
- Opinions of the Western District of Tennessee
|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|
Since the court was established, 22 Article III federal judges have served on it.
Article III judgesSee: Article III federal judge
The United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee has 5 posts and 0 vacancies. The current Chief Judge is Jon McCalla. This is a list of the current judges on the court:
|Chief Judge Jon McCalla||1947||Memphis, TN||H.W. Bush||2/10/1992 - Present||2008 - Present||New Seat|104 Stat. 5089||U. of Tennessee, B.S., 1969||Vanderbilt U. Law School, J.D., 1974|
|Judge Samuel Mays||1948||Memphis, TN||W. Bush||5/10/2002 - Present||Jerome Turner||Amherst College, B.A., 1970||Yale U. School of Law, J.D., 1973|
|Judge Daniel Breen||1950||Jackson, TN||W. Bush||3/14/2003 - Present||Julia Gibbons||Spring Hill College, B.A., 1972||U. of Tennessee, J.D., 1975|
|Judge Stanley Anderson||1953||Lexington, TN||W. Bush||5/21/2008 - Present||James D. Todd||U. of Tennessee, B.S., 1976||U. of Memphis School of Law, J.D., 1980|
|Judge John T. Fowlkes||Obama||7/10/2012 - Present||Bernice Donald||Valparaiso University, 1975||University of Denver, 1977|
There are no current pending appointments for the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee.
Senior judgesSee: Federal judges on senior status
The United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee has 1 judge on senior status currently. This is a list of the current senior judges on the court:
|Senior Judge James D. Todd||Reagan||7/11/1985 - 5/20/2008||2001 - 2007||5/20/2008 - Present||Lambuth College, B.S., 1965||U. of Mississippi, Master of Combined Sciences, 1968|
|Magistrate Judge Diane Vescovo||06/15/1995 - Present||U. of Virginia, B.A., 1977||U. of Memphis Law, J.D., 1980|
|Magistrate Judge Tu Pham||04/21/2003 - Present||Tulane U., B.A., 1993||U. of Illinois Law, J.D., 1996|
|Magistrate Judge Edward Bryant||12/15/2008 - Present||U. of Mississippi||U. of Mississippi|
|Magistrate Judge Charmiane Claxton|
Former Chief judges
|Robert McRae||1979 - 1986|
|Odell Horton||1987 - 1994|
|Bailey Brown||1966 - 1979|
|Marion Boyd||1961 - 1966|
|Julia Gibbons||1994 - 2000|
|James D. Todd||2001 - 2007|
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||Diane Vescovo • Tu Pham • Edward Bryant • Charmiane Claxton •|
|Former Article III judges||
Bernice Donald • John McNairy • Morgan Welles Brown • Julia Gibbons • Harry Wellford • West Hughes Humphreys • Connally Findlay Trigg • Eli Shelby Hammond • John Ethridge McCall • John William Ross • Harry Bennett Anderson • John Donelson Martin • Marion Boyd • Bailey Brown • Odell Horton • Robert McRae • Jerome Turner •
|Former Chief judges|