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United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
(M.D. Fla.)
Appeals to Eleventh Circuit
Established July 30, 1962
Judges assigned 15
Chief judge Anne C. Conway
Official site

The United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida (in case citations, M.D. Fla. or M.D.Fl.) serves the residents of thirty-five counties from eight courthouses.

Appeals from cases brought in the Middle District of Florida are 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).

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History

On the same day that Florida was admitted as a state, March 3, 1845, Congress enacted legislation creating the United States District Court for the District of Florida, 5 Stat. 788.[1][2] On February 23, 1847, this District was subdivided into Northern and Southern Districts, by 9 Stat. 131.[1][2] The Middle District was not created until July 30, 1962, when it was carved from portions of the other districts by 76 Stat. 247.[2]

Jurisdiction

The counties served by the Middle District of Florida are: Baker, Bradford, Brevard, Charlotte, Citrus, Clay, Collier, Columbia, De Soto, Duval, Flagler, Glades, Hamilton, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Hillsborough, Lake, Lee, Manatee, Marion, Nassau, Orange, Osceola, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, St. Johns, Sarasota, Seminole, Sumter, Suwannee, Union, and Volusia counties.

It holds court in the following locations:

Judges

A total of 34 judges have sat on the court since its creation. The court currently has 15 authorized judgeships, filled by judges appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate. Seven judges who have taken senior status are eligible to continue hearing cases. As of 2009, the Chief Judge of the District is Judge Anne C. Conway, who succeeded Judge Patricia C. Fawsett in the post.

  • Judge Henry Lee Adams, Jr. has announced that he will assume senior status on April 8, 2010. This will create a first vacancy in the District.
Name Appointed Appointed by
Chief Judge Anne C. Conway 1991   George H. W. Bush
District Judge Charlene Honeywell 2009   Barack Obama
District Judge Mary Stenson Scriven 2008   George W. Bush
District Judge Marcia Morales Howard 2007   George W. Bush
District Judge Virginia M. Hernandez-Covington 2004   George W. Bush
District Judge Timothy J. Corrigan 2002   George W. Bush
District Judge Gregory A. Presnell 2000   Bill Clinton
District Judge James S. Moody, Jr. 2000   Bill Clinton
District Judge John E. Steele 2000   Bill Clinton
District Judge John Antoon, II 2000   Bill Clinton
District Judge James D. Whittemore 2000   Bill Clinton
District Judge Richard A. Lazzara 1997   Bill Clinton
District Judge Henry Lee Adams, Jr. 1993   Bill Clinton
District Judge Steven D. Merryday 1991   George H. W. Bush
District Judge Elizabeth A. Kovachevich 1982   Ronald Reagan
Senior District Judge Susan C. Bucklew 1993   Bill Clinton
Senior District Judge Harvey E. Schlesinger 1991   George H. W. Bush
Senior District Judge Patricia C. Fawsett 1986   Ronald Reagan
Senior District Judge G. Kendall Sharp 1983   Ronald Reagan
Senior District Judge John H. Moore, II 1981   Ronald Reagan
Senior District Judge William J. Castagna 1979   Jimmy Carter
Senior District Judge Howell W. Melton 1977   Jimmy Carter
Senior District Judge William Terrell Hodges 1971   Richard Nixon
Senior District Judge George C. Young 1961   John F. Kennedy

Judges alphabetically

Judge Appointed by Began active
service
Ended active
service
Ended senior
status
End reason
Henry Lee Adams, Jr. Bill Clinton 01993-11-24 November 24, 1993 Incumbent - -
John Antoon II Bill Clinton 02000-05-31 May 31, 2000 Incumbent - -
Susan H. Black Jimmy Carter 01979-07-24 July 24, 1979 01992-09-03 September 3, 1992 - reappointment
Susan C. Bucklew Bill Clinton 01993-11-24 November 24, 1993 02008-08-01 August 1, 2008 Incumbent -
George C. Carr Jimmy Carter 01977-12-16 December 16, 1977 01990-01-26 January 26, 1990 - death
William J. Castagna Jimmy Carter 01979-07-24 July 24, 1979 01992-06-29 June 29, 1992 Incumbent -
Anne C. Conway George H. W. Bush 01991-11-25 November 25, 1991 Incumbent - -
Timothy J. Corrigan George W. Bush 02002-09-13 September 13, 2002 Incumbent - -
Virginia M. Hernandez Covington George W. Bush 02004-09-10 September 10, 2004 Incumbent - -
Patricia C. Fawsett Ronald Reagan 01986-06-09 June 9, 1986 02008-08-25 August 25, 2008 Incumbent -
William Terrell Hodges Richard Nixon 01971-12-15 December 15, 1971 01999-05-02 May 2, 1999 Incumbent -
Charlene Honeywell Barack Obama 02009-11-10 November 10, 2009 Incumbent - -
Marcia Morales Howard George W. Bush 02007-02-20 February 20, 2007 Incumbent - -
Elizabeth A. Kovachevich Ronald Reagan 01982-03-09 March 9, 1982 Incumbent - -
Ben Krentzman Lyndon B. Johnson 01967-06-12 June 12, 1967 01982-11-15 November 15, 1982 01998-03-29 March 29, 1998 death
Richard A. Lazzara Bill Clinton 01997-09-29 September 29, 1997 Incumbent - -
Joseph Patrick Lieb Dwight D. Eisenhower 01955-08-13 August 13, 1955[3] 01971-11-02 November 2, 1971 - death
William McRae John F. Kennedy 01961-03-08 March 8, 1961 01973-01-27 January 27, 1973 - death
Howell W. Melton Jimmy Carter 01977-04-26 April 26, 1977 01991-02-01 February 1, 1991 Incumbent -
Steven Douglas Merryday George H. W. Bush 01992-02-10 February 10, 1992 Incumbent - -
James S. Moody, Jr. Bill Clinton 02000-07-28 July 28, 2000 Incumbent - -
John H. Moore II Ronald Reagan 01981-12-01 December 1, 1981 01995-12-31 December 31, 1995 Incumbent -
Ralph Wilson Nimmons, Jr. George H. W. Bush 01991-07-02 July 2, 1991 02003-11-24 November 24, 2003 - death
Gregory A. Presnell Bill Clinton 02000-07-31 July 31, 2000 Incumbent - -
John A. Reed, Jr. Richard Nixon 01973-08-06 August 6, 1973 01984-12-31 December 31, 1984 - resignation
Harvey E. Schlesinger George H. W. Bush 01991-07-02 July 2, 1991 02006-06-05 June 5, 2006 Incumbent -
Charles R. Scott Lyndon B. Johnson 01966-11-03 November 3, 1966 01976-11-12 November 12, 1976 01983-05-12 May 12, 1983 death
Mary Stenson Scriven George W. Bush 02008-09-30 September 30, 2008 Incumbent - -
G. Kendall Sharp Ronald Reagan 01983-11-16 November 16, 1983 02000-01-01 January 1, 2000 Incumbent -
John Milton Bryan Simpson Harry S. Truman 01950-09-26 September 26, 1950 01966-11-22 November 22, 1966 - reappointment
John E. Steele Bill Clinton 02000-07-26 July 26, 2000 Incumbent - -
Gerald Bard Tjoflat Richard Nixon 01970-10-16 October 16, 1970 01975-12-12 December 12, 1975 - reappointment
James D. Whittemore Bill Clinton 02000-05-25 May 25, 2000 Incumbent - -
George C. Young John F. Kennedy 01961-09-18 September 18, 1961 01981-10-19 October 19, 1981 Incumbent -

By seat

Reassignment from Southern District of Florida
William McRae 1962–1973
John A. Reed, Jr. 1973–1984
Patricia C. Fawsett 1986–2008
Mary Stenson Scriven 2008–present
Reassignment from Southern District of Florida
John Milton Bryan Simpson 1962–1966
Isaac Benjamin Krentzman, Jr. 1967–1982
G. Kendall Sharp 1983–2000
John Antoon II 2000–present
Reassignment from Southern District of Florida
Joseph Patrick Lieb 1962–1971
William Terrell Hodges 1971–1999
Reassignment from Southern District of Florida/ Northern District of Florida
George C. Young 1962–1981
Elizabeth A. Kovachevich 1982–present
New seat created by 80 Stat. 75
Charles R. Scott 1966–1976
George C. Carr 1977–1990
Anne C. Conway 1991–present
New seat created by 84 Stat. 294
Gerald Bard Tjoflat 1970–1975
Howell W. Melton 1977–1991
Harvey E. Schlesinger 1991–2006
Marcia Morales Howard 2007–present
New seat created by 92 Stat. 1629
Susan H. Black 1979–1992
Henry Lee Adams, Jr. 1993–present
New seat created by 92 Stat. 1629
John H. Moore II 1981–1995
Richard A. Lazzara 1997–present
New seat created by 92 Stat. 1629
William J. Castagna 1979–1992
Susan C. Bucklew 1993–2008
Vacant 2008–present
New seat created by 104 Stat. 5089
Ralph Wilson Nimmons, Jr. 1991–2003
Virginia M. Hernandez Covington 2004–present
New seat created by 104 Stat. 5089
Steven Douglas Merryday 1992–present
New seat created by 113 Stat. 1501
James D. Whittemore 2000–present
New seat created by 113 Stat. 1501
John E. Steele 2000–present
New seat created by 113 Stat. 1501
Gregory A. Presnell 2000–present
New seat created by 113 Stat. 1501
James S. Moody, Jr. 2000–present
New seat created by 113 Stat. 1501
Timothy J. Corrigan 2002–present

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Asbury Dickens, A Synoptical Index to the Laws and Treaties of the United States of America (1852), p. 393.
  2. ^ a b c U.S. District Courts of Florida, Legislative history, Federal Judicial Center.
  3. ^ Recess appointment; formally nominated on January 12, 1956, confirmed by the United States Senate on March 1, 1956, and received commission on March 2, 1956.

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