United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
|United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana|
|Location||Birch Bayh Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse|
|Appeals to||Seventh Circuit|
|Established||April 21, 1928|
|Chief Judge||Tanya Walton Pratt|
|Officers of the court|
|U.S. Attorney||Zachary A. Myers|
|U.S. Marshal||Joseph D. McClain|
The United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana (in case citations, S.D. Ind.) is a federal district court in Indiana. It was created in 1928 by an act of Congress that split Indiana into two separate districts, northern and southern. The Southern District is divided into four divisions, Indianapolis, Terre Haute, Evansville, and New Albany. Appeals from the Southern District of Indiana are taken to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (except for patent claims and claims against the U.S. government under the Tucker Act, which are appealed to the Federal Circuit). The court has five judges, four full-time United States magistrate judges and two part-time magistrate judges.
The courtrooms are located in the Birch Bayh Federal Building in Indianapolis.
The United States District Court for the District of Indiana was established on March 3, 1817, by 3 Stat. 390. The District was subdivided into Northern and Southern Districts on April 21, 1928, by 45 Stat. 437. Of all district courts to be subdivided, Indiana existed for the longest time as a single court, 111 years.
Divisions of the Southern District
Indianapolis: Bartholomew County, Boone County, Brown County, Clinton County, Decatur County, Delaware County, Fayette County, Fountain County, Franklin County, Hamilton County, Hancock County, Hendricks County, Henry County, Howard County, Johnson County, Madison County, Marion County, Monroe County, Montgomery County, Morgan County, Randolph County, Rush County, Shelby County, Tipton County, Union County and Wayne County.
New Albany: Clark County, Crawford County, Dearborn County, Floyd County, Harrison County, Jackson County, Jefferson County, Jennings County, Lawrence County, Ohio County, Orange County, Ripley County, Scott County, Switzerland County and Washington County.
As of March 20, 2021[update]:
|#||Title||Judge||Duty station||Born||Term of service||Appointed by|
|14||Chief Judge||Tanya Walton Pratt||Indianapolis||1959||2010–present||2021–present||—||Obama|
|11||District Judge||Richard L. Young||Evansville
|13||District Judge||Jane Magnus-Stinson||Indianapolis
|15||District Judge||James R. Sweeney II||Indianapolis
|16||District Judge||James Patrick Hanlon||Indianapolis
|7||Senior Judge||Sarah Evans Barker||Indianapolis||1943||1984–2014||1994–2000||2014–present||Reagan|
|12||Senior Judge||William T. Lawrence||inactive||1947||2008–2018||—||2018–present||G.W. Bush|
Vacancies and pending nominations
|Seat||Prior judge's duty station||Seat last held by||Vacancy reason||Date of vacancy||Nominee||Date of nomination|
|5||Evansville/Indianapolis||Richard L. Young||Senior status||TBD||–||–|
|#||Judge||State||Born–died||Active service||Chief Judge||Senior status||Appointed by||Reason for|
|1||Robert C. Baltzell||IN||1879–1950||1928–1950[Note 1]||—||1950||Coolidge/Operation of law||death|
|2||William Elwood Steckler||IN||1913–1995||1950–1986||1954–1982||1986–1995||Truman||death|
|3||Cale James Holder||IN||1912–1983||1954–1983||—||—||Eisenhower||death|
|4||Samuel Hugh Dillin||IN||1914–2006||1961–1993||1982–1984||1993–2006||Kennedy||death|
|5||James Ellsworth Noland||IN||1920–1992||1966–1986||1984–1986||1986–1992||L. Johnson||death|
|6||Gene Edward Brooks||IN||1931–2004||1979–1996||1987–1994||—||Carter||retirement|
|8||Larry J. McKinney||IN||1944–2017||1987–2009||2001–2007||2009–2017||Reagan||death|
|9||John Daniel Tinder||IN||1950–present||1987–2007||—||—||Reagan||elevation to 7th Cir.|
|10||David Hamilton||IN||1957–present||1994–2009||2008–2009||—||Clinton||elevation to 7th Cir.|
- Reassigned from the District of Indiana.
Chief judges have administrative responsibilities with respect to their district court. Unlike the Supreme Court, where one justice is specifically nominated to be chief, the office of chief judge rotates among the district court judges. To be chief, a judge must have been in active service on the court for at least one year, be under the age of 65, and have not previously served as chief judge. A vacancy is filled by the judge highest in seniority among the group of qualified judges. The chief judge serves for a term of seven years or until age 70, whichever occurs first. The age restrictions are waived if no members of the court would otherwise be qualified for the position.
When the office was created in 1948, the chief judge was the longest-serving judge who had not elected to retire on what has since 1958 been known as senior status or declined to serve as chief judge. After August 6, 1959, judges could not become or remain chief after turning 70 years old. The current rules have been in operation since October 1, 1982.
Succession of seats
List of U.S. Attorneys since 1929
|Name||Term Started||Term Ended||Presidents served under|
|George Jeffrey||1929||1933||Herbert Hoover|
|Val Nolan||1933||1940||Franklin D. Roosevelt|
|B. Howard Caughran||1940||1950||Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman|
|Matthew E. Welsh||1950||1952||Harry S. Truman|
|Marshall Hanley||1952||1953||Harry S. Truman|
|Jack Brown||1953||1956||Dwight D. Eisenhower|
|Don Tabbert||1957||1961||Dwight D. Eisenhower|
|Richard P. Stein||1961||1967||John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson|
|K. Edwin Applegate||1967||1969||Lyndon B. Johnson and Richard M. Nixon|
|Stanley B. Miller||1970||1974||Richard M. Nixon|
|John E. Hirschman||1974||1975||Richard M. Nixon and Gerald Ford|
|James B. Young||1975||1977||Gerald Ford|
|Virginia Dill McCarty||1977||1981||Jimmy Carter|
|Sarah Evans Barker||1981||1984||Ronald Reagan|
|Richard L. Darst||1984||1984||Ronald Reagan|
|John Daniel Tinder||1984||1987||Ronald Reagan|
|Bradley L. Williams||1987||1988||Ronald Reagan|
|Deborah J. Daniels||1988||1993||Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush|
|John J. Thar||1993||1993||George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton|
|Judith A. Stewart||1993||2000||Bill Clinton|
|Timothy M. Morrison||2000||2001||Bill Clinton and George W. Bush|
|Susan Brooks||2001||2007||George W. Bush|
|Timothy M. Morrison||2007||2010||George W. Bush and Barack Obama|
|Joe Hogsett||2010||2014||Barack Obama|
|Joshua Minkler||2015||2021||Barack Obama and Donald Trump|
|Zachary A. Myers||2021||present||Joe Biden|
- Courts of Indiana
- List of current United States district judges
- List of United States federal courthouses in Indiana
- Asbury Dickens, A Synoptical Index to the Laws and Treaties of the United States of America (1852), p. 392.
- U.S. District Courts of Indiana, Legislative history, Federal Judicial Center.
- Future Judicial Vacancies
- "The Political Graveyard: U.S. District Attorneys in Indiana". politicalgraveyard.com.
- "4 Feb 2000, Page 38 - The Indianapolis Star at Newspapers.com". Indianapolis Star.
- "22 May 2000, Page 13 - The Indianapolis Star at Newspapers.com". Indianapolis Star.
- "Respected leaders in U.S. Attorney's Office for Southern District retire". www.theindianalawyer.com.
- United States District Court, Southern District of Indiana
- United States Attorney, Southern District of Indiana