United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
|United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
|Appeals to||Sixth Circuit|
|Established||February 12, 1901|
|Chief judge||Karen K. Caldwell|
The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky (in case citations, E.D. Ky.) is the Federal district court whose jurisdiction comprises approximately the Eastern half of the state of Kentucky.
The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Cincinnati, Ohio maintains appellate jurisdiction for the district (except for patent claims and claims against the U.S. government under the Tucker Act, which are appealed to the Federal Circuit).
The Eastern District of Kentucky encompasses the following counties: Anderson, Bath, Bell, Boone, Bourbon, Boyd, Boyle, Bracken, Breathitt, Campbell, Carroll, Carter, Clark, Clay, Elliott, Estill, Fayette, Fleming, Floyd, Franklin, Gallatin, Garrard, Grant, Greenup, Harlan, Harrison, Henry, Jackson, Jessamine, Johnson, Kenton, Knott, Knox, Laurel, Lawrence, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Lewis, Lincoln, McCreary, Madison, Magoffin, Martin, Mason, Menifee, Mercer, Montgomery, Morgan, Nicholas, Owen, Owsley, Pendleton, Perry, Pike, Powell, Pulaski, Robertson, Rockcastle, Rowan, Scott, Shelby, Trimble, Wayne, Whitley, Wolfe, and Woodford.
The United States District Court for the District of Kentucky was one of the original 13 courts established by the Judiciary Act of 1789, 1 Stat. 73, on September 24, 1789. At the time, Kentucky was not yet a state, but was within the territory of the state of Virginia. The District was unchanged when Kentucky became a state on June 1, 1792. On February 13, 1801 the Judiciary Act of 1801, 2 Stat. 89, abolished the U.S. district court in Kentucky, but the repeal of this Act restored the District on March 8, 1802, 2 Stat. 132. The District was subdivided into Eastern and Western Districts on February 12, 1901, by 31 Stat. 781.
 Meeting places
The court is based in Lexington and also holds sessions in Federal Courthouses in Ashland, Covington, Frankfort, London and Pikeville. The court also meets in Richmond and Jackson. In addition, at one time the court also met in Catlettsburg, however the court left Catlettsburg when the Carl D. Perkins Federal Building and United States Courthouse in Ashland was completed.
 U.S. Attorney
The United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Kentucky represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court. The current United States Attorney is Kerry B. Harvey, who was nominated by President Barack Obama in January 2010.
 Current Judges
- A vacancy occurred on January 8, 2013, when Jennifer B. Coffman retired from the court. There is currently no nominee pending for this vacancy.
|#||Title||Judge||Duty station||Born||Term of service||Appointed by|
|14||Chief Judge||Karen K. Caldwell||Lexington||1956||2001–present||2013–present||—||George W. Bush|
|15||District Judge||Danny C. Reeves||Frankfort||1957||2001–present||—||—||George W. Bush|
|16||District Judge||David L. Bunning||Covington||1966||2002–present||—||—||George W. Bush|
|17||District Judge||Gregory Frederick Van Tatenhove||London||1960||2006–present||—||—||George W. Bush|
|18||District Judge||Amul Roger Thapar||London||1969||2008–present||—||—||George W. Bush|
|8||Senior District Judge||William Odis Bertelsman||Covington||1936||1979–2001||1991–1998||2001–present||Jimmy Carter|
|9||Senior District Judge||Green Wix Unthank||inactive||1923||1980–1988||—||1988–present||Jimmy Carter|
|10||Senior District Judge||Henry Rupert Wilhoit, Jr.||Ashland||1935||1981–2000||1998–2000||2000–present||Ronald Reagan|
|11||Senior District Judge||Karl Spillman Forester||Lexington||1940||1988–2005||2001–2005||2005–present||Ronald Reagan|
|12||Senior District Judge||Joseph Martin Hood||Lexington||1942||1990–2007||2005–2007||2007–present||George H. W. Bush|
 Former Judges
|#||Judge||Appointed by||Began active
|1||Andrew McConnell January Cochran||William McKinley||April 24, 1901||June 12, 1934||–||death|
|2||Hiram Church Ford||Franklin D. Roosevelt||March 28, 1935||January 1, 1963||June 8, 1969||death|
|3||Mac Swinford||Franklin D. Roosevelt||August 21, 1937||February 3, 1975||–||death|
|4||Bernard Thomas Moynahan Jr.||John F. Kennedy||November 8, 1963||September 30, 1984||September 30, 1999||death|
|5||Howard David Hermansdorfer||Richard Nixon||March 7, 1972||January 31, 1981||–||resignation|
|6||Eugene Edward Siler, Jr.||Gerald Ford||November 13, 1975||September 20, 1991||–||reappointment|
|7||Scott Elgin Reed||Jimmy Carter||November 2, 1979||August 1, 1988||February 17, 1994||death|
|13||Jennifer B. Coffman||Bill Clinton||October 1, 1993||January 8, 2013||–||retirement|
 See also
- Asbury Dickens, A Synoptical Index to the Laws and Treaties of the United States of America (1852), p. 391.
- U.S. District Courts of Kentucky, Legislative history, Federal Judicial Center.
- Future Judicial Vacancies
- Recess appointment; formally nominated on December 5, 1901, confirmed by the United States Senate on December 17, 1901, and received commission on December 17, 1901.
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky Official Website
- United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky Official Website