United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida

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United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
(M.D. Fla.)
Appeals to Eleventh Circuit
Established July 30, 1962
Judges assigned 15
Chief judge Anne C. Conway
Official site

The United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida (in case citations, M.D. Fla. or M.D.Fl.) serves the residents of thirty-five counties from eight courthouses.

Appeals from cases brought in the Middle District of Florida are to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit (except for patent claims and claims against the U.S. government under the Tucker Act, which are appealed to the Federal Circuit).

The current United States Attorney for the Middle District of Florida is Lee Bentley.[1] On June 19, 2014 President Barack Obama nominated Arthur Lee Bentley III to be the next United States Attorney.[2]


On the same day that Florida was admitted as a state, March 3, 1845, Congress enacted legislation creating the United States District Court for the District of Florida, 5 Stat. 788.[3][4] On February 23, 1847, this District was subdivided into Northern and Southern Districts, by 9 Stat. 131.[3][4] The Middle District was not created until July 30, 1962, when it was carved from portions of the other districts by 76 Stat. 247.[4]


The counties served by the Middle District of Florida are: Baker, Bradford, Brevard, Charlotte, Citrus, Clay, Collier, Columbia, DeSoto, Duval, Flagler, Glades, Hamilton, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Hillsborough, Lake, Lee, Manatee, Marion, Nassau, Orange, Osceola, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, St. Johns, Sarasota, Seminole, Sumter, Suwannee, Union, and Volusia counties.

It holds court in the following locations:

Current judges[edit]

A total of 36 judges have sat on the court since its creation. The court currently has 15 authorized judgeships, filled by judges appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate. As of 2009, the Chief Judge of the District is Judge Anne C. Conway, who succeeded Judge Patricia C. Fawsett in the post.

# Title Judge Duty station Born Term of service Appointed by
Active Chief Senior
20 Chief Judge Anne C. Conway Orlando 1950 1991–present 2008–present G. H. W. Bush
15 District Judge Elizabeth A. Kovachevich Tampa 1936 1982–present 1996–2002 Reagan
21 District Judge Steven Douglas Merryday Tampa 1950 1991–present G. H. W. Bush
25 District Judge James D. Whittemore Tampa 1952 2000–present Clinton
27 District Judge John E. Steele Ft. Myers 1949 2000–present Clinton
30 District Judge Timothy J. Corrigan Jacksonville 1956 2002–present G.W. Bush
31 District Judge Virginia M. Hernandez Covington Tampa 1955 2004–present G.W. Bush
32 District Judge Marcia Morales Howard Jacksonville 1965 2007–present G.W. Bush
33 District Judge Mary Stenson Scriven Tampa 1962 2008–present G.W. Bush
34 District Judge Charlene Honeywell Orlando 1957 2009–present Obama
35 District Judge Roy B. Dalton, Jr. Orlando 1952 2011–present Obama
36 District Judge Sheri Polster Chappell Ft. Myers 1962 2013–present Obama
37 District Judge Brian J. Davis Jacksonville 1953 2013–present Obama
38 District Judge Paul G. Byron Orlando 1959 2014–present Obama
39 District Judge Carlos Eduardo Mendoza Orlando 1970 2014–present Obama
4 Senior District Judge George C. Young Orlando 1916 1961–1981 1973–1981 1981–present Kennedy
8 Senior District Judge William Terrell Hodges Ocala 1934 1971–1999 1982–1989 1999–present Nixon
10 Senior District Judge Howell W. Melton Jacksonville 1923 1977–1991 1991–present Carter
13 Senior District Judge William J. Castagna Tampa 1924 1979–1992 1992–present Carter
16 Senior District Judge G. Kendall Sharp Orlando 1934 1983–2000 2000–present Reagan
17 Senior District Judge Patricia C. Fawsett Orlando 1943 1986–2008 2003–2008 2008–present Reagan
19 Senior District Judge Harvey E. Schlesinger Jacksonville 1940 1991–2006 2006–present G.H.W. Bush
22 Senior District Judge Henry Lee Adams, Jr. Jacksonville 1945 1993–2010 2010–present Clinton
23 Senior District Judge Susan C. Bucklew Tampa 1942 1993–2008 2008–present Clinton
24 Senior District Judge Richard A. Lazzara Tampa 1945 1997–2011 2011–present Clinton
26 Senior District Judge John Antoon II Orlando 1946 2000–2013 2013–present Clinton
28 Senior District Judge James S. Moody, Jr. Tampa 1947 2000–2014 2014–present Clinton
29 Senior District Judge Gregory A. Presnell Orlando 1942 2000–2012 2012–present Clinton

Former judges[edit]

# Judge State Born/Died Active service Chief Judge Senior status Appointed by Reason for
1 Simpson, John Milton BryanJohn Milton Bryan Simpson FL 1903–1987 1962–1966 1962–1966 Truman, Truman appointment to 5th Cir.
2 Lieb, Joseph PatrickJoseph Patrick Lieb FL 1901–1971 1962–1971 1966–1971 Eisenhower, Eisenhower death
3 McRae, WilliamWilliam McRae FL 1909–1973 1962–1973 1971–1973 Kennedy, Kennedy death
5 Scott, Charles R.Charles R. Scott FL 1904–1983 1966–1976 1976–1983 L. Johnson, L. Johnson death
6 Krentzman, BenBen Krentzman FL 1914–1998 1967–1982 1981–1982 1982–1998 L. Johnson, L. Johnson death
7 Tjoflat, Gerald BardGerald Bard Tjoflat FL 1929–present 1970–1975 Nixon, Nixon appointment to 5th Cir.
9 Reed, Jr., John A.John A. Reed, Jr. FL 1931–present 1973–1984 Nixon, Nixon resignation
11 Carr, George C.George C. Carr FL 1929–1990 1977–1990 1989–1990 Carter, Carter death
12 Black, Susan H.Susan H. Black FL 1943–present 1979–1992 1990–1992 Carter, Carter appointment to 11th Cir.
14 Moore II, John H.John H. Moore II FL 1929–2013 1981–1995 1992–1995 1995–2013 Reagan, Reagan death
18 Nimmons, Jr., Ralph WilsonRalph Wilson Nimmons, Jr. FL 1938–2003 1991–2003 G.H.W. Bush, G.H.W. Bush death

By seat[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Office of the United States Attorneys". Executive Office for United States Attorneys. United States Department of Justice. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "President Obama Nominates Two to Serve as U.S. Attorneys". whitehouse.gov. Office of the Press Secretary. 19 June 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Asbury Dickens, A Synoptical Index to the Laws and Treaties of the United States of America (1852), p. 393.
  4. ^ a b c U.S. District Courts of Florida, Legislative history, Federal Judicial Center.

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