United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia

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United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
(S.D. W. Va.)
Appeals to: Fourth Circuit
Established: January 22, 1901
Judges assigned: 5
Chief Judge: Robert Charles Chambers
Official court website

The United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia (in case citations, S.D. W. Va.) is a federal court in the Fourth Circuit (except for patent claims and claims against the U.S. government under the Tucker Act, which are appealed to the Federal Circuit).

The District was established on June 22, 1901.[1]

The acting United States Attorney for the District is Carol Casto.

Organization of the court[edit]

The United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia is one of two federal judicial districts in West Virginia.[2] Court for the Southern District is held at Beckley, Bluefield, Charleston, and Huntington.

Beckley Division comprises the following counties: Greenbrier, Raleigh, Summers, and Wyoming.

Bluefield Division comprises the following counties: Mercer, McDowell, and Monroe.

Charleston Division comprises the following counties: Boone, Clay, Fayette, Jackson, Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan, Mingo, Nicholas, Roane, Wirt, and Wood.

Huntington Division comprises the following counties: Cabell, Mason, Putnam, and Wayne.

Current judges[edit]

# Title Judge Duty station Born Term of service Appointed by
Active Chief Senior
16 Chief Judge Robert Charles Chambers Huntington 1952 1997–present 2012–present Clinton
10 District Judge John Thomas Copenhaver Jr. Charleston 1925 1976–present Ford
15 District Judge Joseph Robert Goodwin Charleston 1942 1995–present 2007–2012 Clinton
17 District Judge Thomas E. Johnston Charleston 1967 2006–present G.W. Bush
18 District Judge Irene C. Berger Beckley 1954 2009–present Obama
14 Senior Judge David A. Faber Bluefield 1942 1991–2008 2002–2007 2008–present G.H.W. Bush

Former judges[edit]

# Judge State Born–died Active service Chief Judge Senior status Appointed by Reason for
1 Keller, Benjamin FranklinBenjamin Franklin Keller WV 1857–1921 1901–1921 McKinley, McKinley death
2 McClintic, George WarwickGeorge Warwick McClintic WV 1866–1942 1921–1941 1941–1942 Harding, Harding death
3 Watkins, Harry EvansHarry Evans Watkins WV 1898–1963 1937–1963 Roosevelt, F.F. Roosevelt death
4 Moore, BenBen Moore WV 1891–1958 1941–1958 1948–1958 Roosevelt, F.F. Roosevelt death
5 Field Jr., John A.John A. Field Jr. WV 1910–1995 1959–1971 1959–1971 Eisenhower, Eisenhower reappointment
6 Christie, Sidney LeeSidney Lee Christie WV 1903–1974 1964–1974 1971–1973 Johnson, L.L. Johnson death
7 Knapp, Dennis RaymondDennis Raymond Knapp WV 1912–1998 1970–1983 1973–1982 1983–1998 Nixon, Nixon death
8 Hall, Kenneth KellerKenneth Keller Hall WV 1918–1999 1971–1976 Nixon, Nixon reappointment
9 Haden II, Charles HaroldCharles Harold Haden II WV 1937–2004 1975–2004 1982–2002 Ford, Ford death
11 Staker, Robert JacksonRobert Jackson Staker WV 1925–2008 1979–1994 1994–2005 Carter, Carter retirement
12 Kidd, William MatthewWilliam Matthew Kidd WV 1918–1998 1979–1983 Carter, Carter reassignment
13 Hallanan, Elizabeth VirginiaElizabeth Virginia Hallanan WV 1925–2004 1983–1996 1996–2004 Reagan, Reagan death

Succession of seats[edit]

See also[edit]


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