United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky
|United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky|
|Appeals to||Sixth Circuit|
|Established||February 12, 1901|
|Chief Judge||Joseph H. McKinley Jr.|
|Official court website|
Appeals from the Western District of Kentucky are taken to the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (except for patent claims and claims against the U.S. government under the Tucker Act, which are appealed to the Federal Circuit).
Jurisdiction includes the following Kentucky counties: Adair, Allen, Ballard, Barren, Breckinridge, Bullitt, Butler, Caldwell, Calloway, Carlisle, Casey, Christian, Clinton, Crittenden, Cumberland, Daviess, Edmonson, Fulton, Graves, Grayson, Green, Hancock, Hardin, Hart, Henderson, Hickman, Hopkins, Jefferson, LaRue, Livingston, Logan, Lyon, Marion, Marshall, McCracken, McLean, Meade, Metcalfe, Monroe, Muhlenberg, Nelson, Ohio, Oldham, Russell, Simpson, Spencer, Taylor, Todd, Trigg, Union, Warren, Washington, and Webster.
The following counties are in the Louisville Division: Breckinridge, Bullitt, Hardin, Jefferson, LaRue, Marion, Meade, Nelson, Oldham, Spencer, and Washington.
The following counties are in the Bowling Green Division: Adair, Allen, Barren, Butler, Casey, Clinton, Cumberland, Edmonson, Green, Hart, Logan, Metcalf, Monroe, Russell, Simpson, Taylor, Todd, and Warren.
The following counties are in the Owensboro Division: Daviess, Grayson, Hancock, Henderson, Hopkins, McLean, Muhlenberg, Ohio, Union, and Webster.
The following counties are in the Paducah Division: Ballard, Caldwell, Calloway, Carlisle, Christian, Crittenden, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Livingston, Lyon, McCracken, Marshall, and Trigg.
The United States District Court for the District of Kentucky was one of the original 13 courts established by the Judiciary Act of 1789, 1 Stat. 73, on September 24, 1789. At the time, Kentucky was not yet a state, but was within the territory of the state of Virginia. The District was unchanged when Kentucky became a state on June 1, 1792. On February 13, 1801 the Judiciary Act of 1801, 2 Stat. 89, abolished the U.S. district court in Kentucky, but the repeal of this Act restored the District on March 8, 1802, 2 Stat. 132. The District was subdivided into Eastern and Western Districts on February 12, 1901, by 31 Stat. 781.
The court is based in Louisville and also holds sessions in federal courthouses in Bowling Green, Owensboro, and Paducah. The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Cincinnati, Ohio maintains appellate jurisdiction over the district. Its court in Louisville is located at the Gene Snyder U.S. Courthouse.
The United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of Kentucky represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court. The current United States Attorney is John E. Kuhn, Jr.; his predecessor, David J. Hale, was confirmed as a federal judge for the Western District of Kentucky on December 3, 2014.
|#||Title||Judge||Duty station||Born||Term of service||Appointed by|
|20||Chief Judge||Joseph H. McKinley Jr.||Bowling Green
|21||District Judge||Gregory N. Stivers||Bowling Green||1960||2014–present||—||—||Obama|
|22||District Judge||David J. Hale||Louisville||1967||2014–present||—||—||Obama|
|16||Senior Judge||Charles Ralph Simpson III||Louisville||1945||1986–2013||1994–2001||2013–present||Reagan|
|19||Senior Judge||Thomas B. Russell||Bowling Green
Vacancies and pending nominations
|Seat||Seat last held by||Vacancy reason||Date of vacancy||Nominee||Date of nomination|
|2||Jennifer B. Coffman||Retirement||January 8, 2013||Claria Horn Boom||June 12, 2017|
|4||John G. Heyburn II||Senior Status||April 1, 2014||–||–|
|#||Judge||State||Born–died||Active service||Chief Judge||Senior status||Appointed by||Reason for
|1||Evans, WalterWalter Evans||KY||1842–1923||1901–1923[Note 1]||—||—||McKinley, McKinley||death|
|2||Moorman, Charles HarwoodCharles Harwood Moorman||KY||1876–1938||1924–1925||—||—||Coolidge, Coolidge||appointment to 6th Cir.|
|3||Dawson, Charles I.Charles I. Dawson||KY||1881–1969||1925–1935||—||—||Coolidge, Coolidge||resignation|
|4||Hamilton, ElwoodElwood Hamilton||KY||1883–1945||1935–1938||—||—||Roosevelt, F.F. Roosevelt||appointment to 6th Cir.|
|5||Swinford, MacMac Swinford||KY||1899–1975||1937–1975||—||—||Roosevelt, F.F. Roosevelt||death|
|6||Miller, Jr., ShackelfordShackelford Miller, Jr.||KY||1892–1965||1939–1945||—||—||Roosevelt, F.F. Roosevelt||appointment to 6th Cir.|
|7||Shelbourne, Roy MahlonRoy Mahlon Shelbourne||KY||1890–1974||1946–1964||1948–1960||1964–1974||Truman, Truman||death|
|8||Brooks, Henry LuesingHenry Luesing Brooks||KY||1905–1971||1954–1969||1960–1969||—||Eisenhower, Eisenhower||appointment to 6th Cir.|
|9||Gordon, James FlemingJames Fleming Gordon||KY||1918–1990||1965–1976||1969–1976||1976–1990||Johnson, L.L. Johnson||death|
|10||Bratcher, Clifton RhodesClifton Rhodes Bratcher||KY||1917–1977||1970–1977||1976–1977||—||Nixon, Nixon||death|
|11||Allen, Charles MengelCharles Mengel Allen||KY||1916–2000||1971–1985||1977–1985||1985–2000||Nixon, Nixon||death|
|12||Siler, Jr., Eugene EdwardEugene Edward Siler, Jr.||KY||1936–present||1975–1991||—||—||Ford, Ford||appointment to 6th Cir.|
|13||Johnstone, Edward HugginsEdward Huggins Johnstone||KY||1922–2013||1977–1993||1985–1990||1993–2013||Carter, Carter||death|
|14||Ballantine, Jr., Thomas AustinThomas Austin Ballantine, Jr.||KY||1926–1992||1977–1991||1990–1991||1991–1992||Carter, Carter||death|
|15||Meredith, Ronald EdwardRonald Edward Meredith||KY||1946–1994||1985–1994||1991–1994||—||Reagan, Reagan||death|
|17||Heyburn II, John GilpinJohn Gilpin Heyburn II||KY||1948–2015||1992–2014||2001–2008||2014–2015||Bush, G.H.W.G.H.W. Bush||death|
|18||Coffman, Jennifer B.Jennifer B. Coffman||KY||1948–present||1993–2013||—||—||Clinton, Clinton||retirement|
- Reassigned from District of Kentucky.
Succession of seats
- Asbury Dickens, A Synoptical Index to the Laws and Treaties of the United States of America (1852), p. 391.
- U.S. District Courts of Kentucky, Legislative history, Federal Judicial Center.
- "Hale confirmed as federal district judge". The Courier-Journal. Retrieved 4 December 2014.