The United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi is a federal court in the Fifth Circuit with jurisdiction over the southern half of Mississippi. The court is located in Jackson, Mississippi, and it is one of the most active federal district courts in the country. The court is presided over by Chief Judge Daniel P. Jordan III, and its judges are appointed by the President of the United States. The court has jurisdiction over civil and criminal cases, including bankruptcy, copyright, patent, and other matters. The court also handles appeals from state court decisions.
United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi
The United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi (in case citations, S.D. Miss.) is a federal court in the Fifth Circuit with facilities in Gulfport, Hattiesburg, Natchez, and Jackson.
Appeals from cases brought in the Southern District of Mississippi are taken to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (except for patent claims and claims against the U.S. government under the Tucker Act, which are appealed to the Federal Circuit).
The United States Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court. As of January 20, 2021[update] the Acting United States Attorney is Darren LaMarca.
Jurisdiction (Counties): Adams, Amite, Claiborne, Clarke, Copiah, Covington, Forrest, Franklin, George, Greene, Hancock, Harrison, Hinds, Holmes, Issaquena, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Jefferson Davis, Jones, Kemper, Lamar, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Leake, Lincoln, Madison, Marion, Neshoba, Newton, Noxubee, Pearl River, Perry, Pike, Rankin, Scott, Sharkey, Simpson, Smith, Stone, Walthall, Warren, Wayne, Wilkinson, and Yazoo.
As of January 8, 2021[update]:
|#||Title||Judge||Duty station||Born||Term of service||Appointed by|
|18||Chief Judge||Daniel Porter Jordan III||Jackson||1964||2006–present||2017–present||—||G.W. Bush|
|12||District Judge||Henry Travillion Wingate||Jackson||1947||1985–present||2003–2010||—||Reagan|
|19||District Judge||Halil Suleyman Ozerden||Gulfport||1966||2007–present||—||—||G.W. Bush|
|20||District Judge||Carlton W. Reeves||Jackson||1964||2010–present||—||—||Obama|
|21||District Judge||Kristi Haskins Johnson||Jackson||1980||2020–present||—||—||Trump|
|22||District Judge||Taylor B. McNeel||Gulfport||1983||2020–present||—||—||Trump|
|11||Senior Judge||Tom Stewart Lee||Jackson||1941||1984–2006||1996–2003||2006–present||Reagan|
|15||Senior Judge||David C. Bramlette||Natchez||1939||1991–2006||—||2006–present||G.H.W. Bush|
|16||Senior Judge||Louis Guirola Jr.||Gulfport||1951||2004–2018||2010–2017||2018–present||G.W. Bush|
|17||Senior Judge||Keith Starrett||Hattiesburg||1951||2004–2019||—||2019–present||G.W. Bush|
|#||Judge||State||Born–died||Active service||Chief Judge||Senior status||Appointed by||Reason for
|1||George Adams||MS||1784–1844||1838||—||—||Jackson/Operation of law||resignation|
|2||Samuel J. Gholson||MS||1808–1883||1839–1861||—||—||Van Buren||resignation|
|3||Robert Andrews Hill||MS||1811–1900||1866–1891||—||—||A. Johnson||retirement|
|4||Henry Clay Niles||MS||1850–1918||1891–1918||—||—||B. Harrison||death|
|5||Edwin R. Holmes||MS||1878–1961||1918–1936||—||—||Wilson||elevation to 5th Cir.|
|6||Sidney Carr Mize||MS||1888–1965||1937–1965||1961–1962||—||F. Roosevelt||death|
|7||William Harold Cox||MS||1901–1988||1961–1982||1962–1971||1982–1988||Kennedy||death|
|8||Dan Monroe Russell Jr.||MS||1913–2011||1965–1983||1971–1982||1983–2011||L. Johnson||death|
|9||Walter Nixon||MS||1928–present||1968–1989||1982–1989||—||L. Johnson||impeachment and conviction|
|10||William Henry Barbour Jr.||MS||1941–2021||1983–2006||1989–1996||2006–2021||Reagan||death|
|13||Walter J. Gex III||MS||1939–2020||1986–2004||—||2004–2020||Reagan||death|
|14||Charles W. Pickering||MS||1937–present||1990–2004||—||—||G.H.W. Bush||elevation to 5th 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
- Courts of Mississippi
- List of current United States district judges
- List of United States federal courthouses in Mississippi
- David M. Hargrove, Mississippi’s Federal Courts: A History. Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi, 2019.
Senior district judges of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals