United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia

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United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
(M.D. Ga.)
Appeals to Eleventh Circuit
Established May 28, 1926
Judges assigned 4
Chief Judge Clay D. Land
Official court website

The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia (in case citations, M.D. Ga.) is a United States District Court which serves the residents of sixty-nine counties from seven divisions from its headquarters in Macon, Georgia.

Appeals from cases brought in the Middle District of Georgia are taken 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 is G.F. Peterman.


The United States District Court for the District of Georgia was one of the original 13 courts established by the Judiciary Act of 1789, 1 Stat. 73, on September 24, 1789.[1] The District was subdivided into Northern and Southern Districts on August 11, 1848, by 9 Stat. 280.[1][2][3] The Middle District was formed from portions of those two Districts on May 28, 1926, by 44 Stat. 670.[1]


The Albany division serves: Baker, Ben Hill, Calhoun, Crisp, Decatur, Dougherty, Early, Grady, Lee, Miller, Mitchell, Schley, Seminole, Sumter, Terrell, Turner, Webster, and Worth counties.

The Athens division hears cases from: Clarke, Elbert, Franklin, Greene, Hart, Madison, Morgan, Oconee, Oglethorpe, and Walton counties.

The Columbus division includes: Chattahoochee, Clay, Harris, Marion, Muscogee, Quitman, Randolph, Stewart, Talbot, and Taylor counties.

The Macon division serves: Baldwin, Bibb, Bleckley, Butts, Crawford, Dooly, Hancock, Houston, Jasper, Jones, Lamar, Macon, Monroe, Peach, Pulaski, Putnam, Twiggs, Upson, Washington, Wilcox and Wilkinson counties.

The Valdosta division hears cases for: Berrien, Brooks, Clinch, Colquitt, Cook, Echols, Irwin, Lanier, Lowndes, Thomas, and Tift counties.

Current judges[edit]

# Title Judge Duty station Born Term of service Appointed by
Active Chief Senior
11 Chief Judge Clay D. Land Columbus 1960 2001–present 2014–present G.W. Bush
13 District Judge Marc Thomas Treadwell Macon 1955 2010–present Obama
14 District Judge Leslie Joyce Abrams Albany 1974 2014–present Obama
15 District Judge vacant
9 Senior Judge Willie Louis Sands Albany 1949 1994–2014 2001–2006 2014–present Clinton
10 Senior Judge Hugh Lawson Macon 1941 1995–2008 2006–2008 2008–present Clinton
12 Senior Judge C. Ashley Royal Macon 1949 2001–2016 2008–2014 2016–present G.W. Bush

Vacancies and pending nominations[edit]

Seat Seat last held by Vacancy reason Date of vacancy Nominee Date of nomination
3 C. Ashley Royal Senior Status September 1, 2016 Tripp Self July 13, 2017

Former judges[edit]

# Judge State Born–died Active service Chief Judge Senior status Appointed by Reason for
1 Tilson, William JosiahWilliam Josiah Tilson GA 1871–1949 1926[4]–1927
Coolidge, Coolidge not confirmed
2 Deaver, Bascom SineBascom Sine Deaver GA 1882–1944 1928–1944 Coolidge, Coolidge death
3 Davis, Thomas HoytThomas Hoyt Davis GA 1892–1969 1945–1961 1949–1961 1961–1969 Roosevelt, F.F. Roosevelt death
4 Conger, Abraham BenjaminAbraham Benjamin Conger GA 1887–1953 1949–1953 Truman, Truman death
5 Bootle, William AugustusWilliam Augustus Bootle GA 1902–2005 1954–1972 1961–1972 1972–2005 Eisenhower, Eisenhower death
6 Elliott, J. RobertJ. Robert Elliott GA 1910–2006 1962–2000 1972–1980 Kennedy, Kennedy retirement
7 Owens, Jr., Wilbur DawsonWilbur Dawson Owens, Jr. GA 1930–2010 1972–1995 1980–1995 1995–2010 Nixon, Nixon death
8 Fitzpatrick, DurossDuross Fitzpatrick GA 1934–2008 1985–2001 1995–2001 2001–2008 Reagan, Reagan death

Succession of seats[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c U.S. District Courts of Georgia, Legislative history, Federal Judicial Center.
  2. ^ Asbury Dickens, A Synoptical Index to the Laws and Treaties of the United States of America (1852), p. 390.
  3. ^ Alfred Conkling, A Treatise on the Organization, Jurisdiction and Practice of the Courts of the United States (1864), p. 179.
  4. ^ Recess appointment; the United States Senate later rejected the appointment.
  5. ^ Recess appointment; resigned prior to Senate consideration of the appointment.

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