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||Jane Magnus-Stinson|
|Officers of the court|
|U.S. Attorney||Joshua Minkler|
|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.
|#||Title||Judge||Duty station||Born||Term of service||Appointed by|
|13||Chief Judge||Jane Magnus-Stinson||Indianapolis||1958||2010–present||2016–present||—||Obama|
|11||District Judge||Richard L. Young||Evansville||1953||1998–present||2009–2016||—||Clinton|
|14||District Judge||Tanya Walton Pratt||Indianapolis||1959||2010–present||—||—||Obama|
|15||District Judge||James R. Sweeney II||Indianapolis||1961||2018–present||—||—||Trump|
|16||District Judge||James Patrick Hanlon||Indianapolis||1970||2018–present||—||—||Trump|
|7||Senior Judge||Sarah Evans Barker||Indianapolis||1943||1984–2014||1994–2000||2014–present||Reagan|
|12||Senior Judge||William T. Lawrence||Indianapolis||1947||2008–2018||—||2018–present||G.W. Bush|
|#||Judge||State||Born–died||Active service||Chief Judge||Senior status||Appointed by||Reason for|
|1||Robert C. Baltzell||IN||1879–1950||1928–1950||—||1950||Coolidge||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||appointment to 7th Cir.|
|10||David F. Hamilton||IN||1957–present||1994–2009||2008–2009||—||Clinton||appointment to 7th Cir.|
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
- George Jeffrey 1929–1933
- Val Nolan 1933–1940
- B. Howard Caughran 1940–1950
- Matthew E. Welsh 1950–1952
- Marshall Hanley 1952–1953
- Jack Brown 1953–1956
- Don Tabbert 1957–1961
- Richard P. Stein 1961–1967
- K. Edwin Applegate 1967–1969
- Stanley B. Miller 1970–1974
- John E. Hirschman 1974–1975
- James B. Young 1975–1977
- Virginia Dill McCarty 1977–1981
- Sarah Evans Barker 1981–1984
- Richard L. Darst 1984
- John Daniel Tinder 1984–1987
- Bradley L. Williams 1987
- Deborah J. Daniels 1988–1993
- John J. Thar 1993
- Judith A. Stewart 1993–2000
- Timothy M. Morrison 2000–2001
- Susan Brooks 2001–2007
- Timothy M. Morrison 2007–2010
- Joe Hogsett 2010–2014
- Joshua Minkler 2015–present
- 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.
- Initially appointed to the District of Indiana in 1925 by Calvin Coolidge; reassigned to the Southern District of Indiana in 1928.
- United States District Court, Southern District of Indiana
- United States Attorney, Southern District of Indiana