United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia

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United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia
(S.D. Ga.)
Seal of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia
Appeals to Eleventh Circuit
Established August 11, 1848
Judges assigned 3
Chief judge Lisa Godbey Wood
U.S. Attorney Edward J. Tarver
Official site

The United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia (in case citations, S.D. Ga.) is a federal court in 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 United States Attorney for the District is Edward J. Tarver.

History[edit]

The United States District Court for the District of Georgia was one of the original thirteen courts established by the Judiciary Act of 1789, 1 Stat. 73, on September 24, 1789. The District was further subdivided into Northern and Southern Districts on August 11, 1848, by 9 Stat. 280. The Middle District was formed from portions of both the Northern and Southern Districts on May 28, 1926, by 44 Stat. 670.[1]

Jurisdiction[edit]

The Augusta Division comprises the following counties: Burke, Columbia, Glascock, Jefferson, Lincoln, McDuffie, Richmond, Taliaferro, and Wilkes.

The Brunswick Division comprises the following counties: Appling, Camden, Glynn, Long, McIntosh, and Wayne.

The Dublin Division comprises the following counties: Dodge, Jeff Davis, Johnson, Laurens, Montgomery, Telfair, Treutlen, and Wheeler.

The Savannah Division comprises the following counties: Bryan, Chatham, Effingham, and Liberty.

The Statesboro Division comprises the following counties: Bulloch, Candler, Emanuel, Evans, Jenkins, Screven, Tattnall, and Toombs.

The Waycross Division comprises the following counties: Atkinson, Bacon, Brantley, Charlton, Coffee, Pierce, and Ware.

Current judges[edit]

# Title Judge Duty station Born Term of service Appointed by
Active Chief Senior
14 Chief Judge Lisa Godbey Wood Brunswick 1963 2007–present 2010–present G.W. Bush
13 District Judge William Theodore Moore, Jr. Savannah 1940 1994–present 2004–2010 Clinton
15 District Judge James Randal Hall Augusta 1958 2008–present G.W. Bush
11 Senior District Judge Berry Avant Edenfield Savannah 1934 1978–2006 1990–1997 2006–present Carter
12 Senior District Judge Dudley Hollingsworth Bowen, Jr. Augusta 1941 1979–2006 1997–2004 2006–present Carter

Former judges[edit]

# Judge State Born/Died Active service Chief Judge Senior status Appointed by Reason for
termination
1 Nicoll, John CochranJohn Cochran Nicoll GA 1793–1863 1839–1861[2] Van Buren, Van Buren resignation
2 Erskine, JohnJohn Erskine GA 1813–1895 1865–1883[3] Johnson, A.A. Johnson retirement
3 Speer, EmoryEmory Speer GA 1848–1918 1885–1918 Arthur, Arthur death
4 Lambdin, William WallaceWilliam Wallace Lambdin GA 1861–1916 1915–1916 Wilson, Wilson death
5 Evans, Jr., Beverly DanielBeverly Daniel Evans, Jr. GA 1865–1922 1917–1922 Wilson, Wilson death
6 Barrett, William HaleWilliam Hale Barrett GA 1866–1941 1922–1941 Harding, Harding death
7 Lovett, Archibald BattleArchibald Battle Lovett GA 1884–1945 1941–1945 Roosevelt, F.F. Roosevelt death
8 Scarlett, Francis MuirFrancis Muir Scarlett GA 1891–1971 1946–1968 1968–1971 Roosevelt, F.F. Roosevelt death
9 Lawrence, Jr., Alexander AtkinsonAlexander Atkinson Lawrence, Jr. GA 1906–1979 1968–1978 1970–1976 1978–1979 Johnson, L.L. Johnson death
10 Alaimo, Anthony A.Anthony A. Alaimo GA 1920–2009 1971–1991 1976–1990 1991–2009 Nixon, Nixon death

Succession of seats[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ U.S. District Courts of Georgia, Legislative history, Federal Judicial Center
  2. ^ Recess appointment; formally nominated on January 23, 1840, confirmed by the United States Senate on February 17, 1840, and received commission on February 17, 1840. Nicoll was initially appointed to the United States District Court for the District of Georgia; he was reassigned to the Northern and Southern Districts by operation of law on August 11, 1848.
  3. ^ Recess appointment; formally nominated on December 20, 1865, confirmed by the United States Senate on January 22, 1866, and received commission on January 22, 1866.

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