United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia

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United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia
(N.D. W.Va.)
Seal of the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia
Appeals to Fourth Circuit
Established January 22, 1901
Judges assigned 3
Chief judge John Preston Bailey
Official site

The United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia (in case citations, N.D. W.Va.) is a federal court in the Fourth Circuit (except for patent claims and claims against the U.S. government under the Tucker Act, which are appealed to the Federal Circuit).

The District was established on June 22, 1901.[1]

The United States Attorney for the District is William J. Ihlenfeld, II.

Organization of the court[edit]

The United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia is one of two federal judicial districts in West Virginia.[2] Court for the Northern District is held at Clarksburg, Elkins, Martinsburg, and Wheeling.

Clarksburg Division comprises the following counties: Braxton, Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Harrison, Marion, Monongalia, Pleasants, Preston, Ritchie, and Taylor.

Elkins Division comprises the following counties: Barbour, Grant, Hardy, Lewis, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Randolph, Tucker, Upshur, and Webster.

Martinsburg Division comprises the following counties: Berkeley, Hampshire, Jefferson, Mineral, and Morgan.

Wheeling Division comprises the following counties: Brooke, Hancock, Marshall, Ohio, Tyler, and Wetzel.

Current judges[edit]

# Title Judge Duty station Born Term of service Appointed by
Active Chief Senior
14 Chief Judge John Preston Bailey Wheeling 1951 2007–present 2008–present G.W. Bush
12 District Judge Irene Patricia Murphy Keeley Clarksburg 1944 1992–present 2001–2008 G.H.W. Bush
15 District Judge Gina Marie Groh Martinsburg 1964 2012–present Obama
11 Senior District Judge Frederick Pfarr Stamp, Jr. Wheeling 1934 1990–2006 1994–2001 2006–present G.H.W. Bush

Former judges[edit]

# Judge State Born/Died Active service Chief Judge Senior status Appointed by Reason for
termination
1 Jackson Jr., John JayJohn Jay Jackson Jr. WV 1824–1907 1901[3]–1905 Lincoln, Lincoln retirement
2 Dayton, Alston GordonAlston Gordon Dayton WV 1857–1920 1905–1920 Roosevelt, T.T. Roosevelt death
3 Baker, William EliWilliam Eli Baker WV 1873–1954 1921–1954 1948–1954 1954 Harding, Harding death
4 Watkins, Harry EvansHarry Evans Watkins WV 1898–1963 1937–1963 1954–1963 Roosevelt, F.F. Roosevelt death
5 Boreman, Herbert StephensonHerbert Stephenson Boreman WV 1897–1982 1954–1959 Eisenhower, Eisenhower reappointment
6 Paul, Charles FergusonCharles Ferguson Paul WV 1902–1965 1960–1965 1963–1965 Eisenhower, Eisenhower death
7 Christie, Sidney LeeSidney Lee Christie WV 1903–1974 1964–1974 Johnson, L.L. Johnson death
8 Maxwell, Robert EarlRobert Earl Maxwell WV 1924–2010 1965–1995 1965–1994 1995–2010 Johnson, L.L. Johnson death
9 Haden II, Charles HaroldCharles Harold Haden II WV 1937–2004 1975–1983 Ford, Ford reassignment
10 Kidd, William MatthewWilliam Matthew Kidd WV 1918–1998 1979–1990 1990–1998 Carter, Carter death
13 Broadwater, W. CraigW. Craig Broadwater WV 1950–2006 1996–2006 Clinton, Clinton death

Succession of seats[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.fjc.gov/history/home.nsf/page/courts_district_wv.html U.S. District Courts of West Virginia, Legislative history, Federal Judicial Center
  2. ^ 28 U.S.C. § 129
  3. ^ Early in the course of the American Civil War, the western portion of Virginia rejected Virginia's secession from the United States, and itself seceded from Virginia. This area largely coincided with the existing Western District of Virginia. The portion of Virginia remaining loyal to the Union became the state of West Virginia, which was admitted as a state on June 20, 1863. On June 11, 1864, by 13 Stat. 124, the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia became the United States District Court for the District of West Virginia, and those parts of the Western District that were not part of West Virginia were combined with what had previously been the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia to again form a single United States District Court for the District of Virginia. John Jay Jackson, who had been appointed to the Western District of Virginia, was reassigned by operation of law to the newly formed District of West Virginia. At the same time, John Curtiss Underwood, who had been appointed to the Eastern District of Virginia, was reassigned by operation of law to the newly formed District of Virginia. On February 3, 1871, the District of Virginia was again subdivided into Eastern and Western Districts, and Underwood was reassigned to the Eastern District, until his death. On July 1, 1901, the District of West Virginia was subdivided into the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia and the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia; Jackson was reassigned to the Northern District, until his retirement.

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