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United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana
(M.D. La.)
Appeals to Fifth Circuit
Established December 18, 1971
Judges assigned 3
Chief judge Ralph E. Tyson
Official site

The United States Court for the Middle District of Louisiana (in case citations, M.D. La.) comprises the parishes of Ascension, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, Saint Helena, West Baton Rouge, and West Feliciana. Court is held at the United States Courthouse in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. It falls under the jurisdiction of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [1] (except for patent claims and claims against the U.S. government under the Tucker Act, which are appealed to the Federal Circuit).



On March 26, 1804, Congress organized the Territory of Orleans and created the United States District Court for the District of Orleans - the only time Congress provided a territory with a district court equal in its authority and jurisdiction to those of the states.[1] The United States District Court for the District of Louisiana was established on April 8, 1812, by 2 Stat. 701,[1][2] several weeks before Louisiana was formally admitted as a state of the union. The District was thereafter subdivided and reformed several times. It was first subdivided into Eastern and Western Districts on March 3, 1823, by 3 Stat. 774.[1][2]

On February 13, 1845, Louisiana was reorganized into a single District with one judgeship, by 5 Stat. 722,[1], but was again divided into Eastern and the Western Districts on March 3, 1849, by 9 Stat. 401.[1] Congress again abolished the Western District of Louisiana and reorganized Louisiana as a single judicial district on July 27, 1866, by 14 Stat. 300.[1] On March 3, 1881, by 21 Stat. 507, Louisiana was for a third time divided into Eastern and the Western Districts, with one judgeship authorized for each.[1] The Middle District was formed from portions of those two Districts on December 18, 1971, by 85 Stat. 741,[1] making it one of the youngest districts in the United States.

U.S. Attorneys

U.S. District Judges

  • As of January 15, 2007, a vacancy exists in the Middle District of Louisiana due to Judge Frank J. Polozola's decision to assume senior status. On October 29, 2009, President Barack Obama nominated Brian Anthony Jackson to fill the vacancy. This nomination has not yet been be acted on by the United States Senate.
Judge Appointed by Began active
Ended active
Ended senior
End reason
James J. Brady Bill Clinton 02000-05-25 May 25, 2000 Incumbent
John Victor Parker Jimmy Carter 01979-09-26 September 26, 1979 01998-10-31 October 31, 1998 Incumbent
Frank Joseph Polozola Jimmy Carter 01980-05-23 May 23, 1980 02007-01-15 January 15, 2007 Incumbent
Ralph E. Tyson Bill Clinton 01998-08-03 August 3, 1998 Incumbent
Elmer Gordon West John F. Kennedy 01961-09-15 September 15, 1961 01979-11-27 November 27, 1979 01992-11-02 November 2, 1992 death

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h U.S. District Courts of Louisiana, Legislative history, Federal Judicial Center.
  2. ^ a b Asbury Dickens, A Synoptical Index to the Laws and Treaties of the United States of America (1852), p. 392.

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