C. Ashley Royal

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C. Ashley Royal
Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
Assumed office
September 1, 2016
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
In office
2009–2014
Preceded by Hugh Lawson
Succeeded by Clay D. Land
Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
In office
December 21, 2001 – September 1, 2016
Appointed by George W. Bush
Preceded by Duross Fitzpatrick
Personal details
Born Charles Ashley Royal
1949 (age 67–68)
Augusta, Georgia
Education University of Georgia B.A., M.S.
University of Georgia School of Law J.D.

Charles Ashley Royal, known professionally as C. Ashley Royal, (born 1949) is a Senior United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia.

Education and career[edit]

Born in Augusta, Georgia, Royal received an Artium Baccalaureus degree from the University of Georgia in 1971, a Juris Doctor from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1974, and a Master of Science degree from the University of Georgia in 1976. He was an assistant district attorney in the District Attorney's Office, Augusta Judicial Circuit, Georgia from 1974 to 1975. He was in private practice in Georgia in 1976, and was a public defender in Glynn County, Georgia, from 1976 to 1977, returning to private practice from 1977 to 2001.

District court service[edit]

On October 9, 2001, Royal was nominated by President George W. Bush to a seat on the United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia vacated by Duross Fitzpatrick. Royal was confirmed by the United States Senate on December 20, 2001, and received his commission on December 21, 2001. He served as chief judge from 2009 to 2014. He assumed senior status on September 1, 2016.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Hugh Lawson
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
2009–2014
Succeeded by
Clay D. Land
Preceded by
Duross Fitzpatrick
Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
2001–2016
Vacant