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United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia

The United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia (in case citations, N.D. Ga.) is a United States District Court which serves the residents of forty-six counties. These are divided up into four divisions.

United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
(N.D. Ga.)
Appeals to Eleventh Circuit
Established August 11, 1848
Judges assigned 11
Chief Judge Thomas W. Thrash Jr.
U.S. Attorney Byung J. Pak
Official court website

Appeals from cases brought in the Northern District of Georgia 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).



The United States District Court for the District of Georgia was one of the original 13 courts established by the Judiciary Act of 1789, 1 Stat. 73, on September 24, 1789.[1] The District was subdivided into Northern and Southern Districts on August 11, 1848, by 9 Stat. 280.[1][2][3] The Middle District was formed from portions of those two Districts on May 28, 1926, by 44 Stat. 670.[1]


Jurisdiction and Venue are enumerated in 28 U.S.C. § 90

The Atlanta division includes: Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Newton, and Rockdale counties.

The Gainesville division serves: Banks, Barrow, Dawson, Fannin, Forsyth, Gilmer, Habersham, Hall, Jackson, Lumpkin, Pickens, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union, and White counties.

The Newnan division hears cases for: Carroll, Coweta, Fayette, Haralson, Heard, Meriwether, Pike, Spalding, and Troup counties.

The Rome division serves: Bartow, Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Murray, Paulding, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties.

The United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Georgia represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court.

The current United States Attorney is John A. Horn.

Current judgesEdit

# Title Judge Duty station Born Term of service Appointed by
Active Chief Senior
32 Chief Judge Thomas W. Thrash Jr. Atlanta 1951 1997–present 2014–present Clinton
33 District Judge Richard W. Story Atlanta 1953 1998–present Clinton
36 District Judge William S. Duffey Jr. Atlanta 1952 2004–present G.W. Bush
37 District Judge Timothy C. Batten Sr. Atlanta 1960 2006–present G.W. Bush
38 District Judge Amy Totenberg Atlanta 1950 2011–present Obama
39 District Judge Steve C. Jones Atlanta 1957 2011–present Obama
40 District Judge Leigh Martin May Atlanta 1971 2014–present Obama
41 District Judge Mark Howard Cohen Atlanta 1955 2014–present Obama
42 District Judge Eleanor Louise Ross Atlanta 1967 2014–present Obama
43 District Judge vacant
44 District Judge vacant
19 Senior Judge Harold Lloyd Murphy Rome 1927 1977–2017 2017–present Carter
21 Senior Judge Robert L. Vining Jr. inactive 1931 1979–1996 1995–1996 1996–present Carter
23 Senior Judge Orinda Dale Evans Atlanta 1943 1979–2008 1999–2006 2008–present Carter
29 Senior Judge Clarence Cooper Atlanta 1942 1994–2009 2009–present Clinton
31 Senior Judge Willis B. Hunt Jr. Atlanta 1932 1995–2005 2005–present Clinton
34 Senior Judge Charles A. Pannell Jr. Atlanta 1946 1999–2013 2013–present Clinton

Vacancies and pending nominationsEdit

Seat Seat last held by Vacancy reason Date of vacancy Nominee Date of nomination
13 Julie E. Carnes Elevation July 31, 2014 Michael Lawrence Brown July 13, 2017
5 Harold Lloyd Murphy Senior Status March 31, 2017 William McCrary Ray II July 13, 2017
4 William S. Duffey Jr. Senior Status July 1, 2018[4]

Former judgesEdit

# Judge State Born–died Active service Chief Judge Senior status Appointed by Reason for
1 Nicoll, John CochranJohn Cochran Nicoll GA 1793–1863 1848[5]–1861 Van Buren, Van Buren resignation
2 Erskine, JohnJohn Erskine GA 1813–1895 1865[6]–1882 Johnson, A.A. Johnson seat abolished
3 McCay, Henry KentHenry Kent McCay GA 1820–1886 1882–1886 Arthur, Arthur death
4 Newman, William TruslowWilliam Truslow Newman GA 1843–1920 1886[7]–1920 Cleveland, Cleveland death
5 Sibley, Samuel HaleSamuel Hale Sibley GA 1873–1958 1919–1931 Wilson, Wilson appointment to 5th Cir.
6 Underwood, Emory MarvinEmory Marvin Underwood GA 1877–1960 1931–1948 1948–1960 Hoover, Hoover death
7 Russell, Robert LeeRobert Lee Russell GA 1900–1955 1940–1949 1949 Roosevelt, F.F. Roosevelt appointment to 5th Cir.
8 Andrews, Maurice NeilMaurice Neil Andrews GA 1894–1967 1949[8]–1950 1949–1950 Truman, Truman resignation
9 Hooper, Frank ArthurFrank Arthur Hooper GA 1895–1985 1949[9]–1967 1950–1965 1967–1985 Truman, Truman death
10 Sloan, William BoydWilliam Boyd Sloan GA 1895–1970 1951–1965 1965–1970 Truman, Truman death
11 Morgan, Lewis RenderLewis Render Morgan GA 1913–2001 1961–1968 1965–1968 Kennedy, Kennedy appointment to 5th Cir.
12 Smith Jr., Sidney OslinSidney Oslin Smith Jr. GA 1923–2012 1965–1974 1968–1974 Johnson, L.L. Johnson resignation
13 Edenfield, NewellNewell Edenfield GA 1911–1981 1967–1981 1974–1976 1981 Johnson, L.L. Johnson death
14 Henderson, Albert JohnAlbert John Henderson GA 1920–1999 1968–1979 1976–1979 Johnson, L.L. Johnson appointment to 5th Cir.
15 Moye Jr., Charles AllenCharles Allen Moye Jr. GA 1931–2010 1970–1988 1979–1987 1988–2010 Nixon, Nixon death
16 O'Kelley, William ClarkWilliam Clark O'Kelley GA 1930–2017 1970–1996 1988–1994 1996–2017 Nixon, Nixon death
17 Freeman, Richard CameronRichard Cameron Freeman GA 1926–1999 1971–1991 1991–1999 Nixon, Nixon death
18 Hill, James ClinkscalesJames Clinkscales Hill GA 1924–2017 1974–1976 Nixon, Nixon appointment to 5th Cir.
20 Shoob, Marvin HermanMarvin Herman Shoob SC 1923–2017 1979–1991 1991–2017 Carter death
22 Tidwell, George ErnestGeorge Ernest Tidwell GA 1924–2011 1979–1999 1996–1999 1999–2011 Carter death
24 Hall, Robert HowellRobert Howell Hall GA 1921–1995 1979–1990 1990–1995 Carter, Carter death
25 Ward, HoraceHorace Ward GA 1927–2016 1979–1993 1993–2016 Carter, Carter death
26 Forrester, J. OwenJ. Owen Forrester GA 1939–2014 1981–2004 2004–2014 Reagan death
27 Camp Jr., Jack TarpleyJack Tarpley Camp Jr. GA 1943–present 1988–2010 2006–2008 2008–2010 Reagan retirement
28 Carnes, Julie E.Julie E. Carnes GA 1950–present 1992–2014 2009–2014 G.H.W. Bush appointment to 11th Cir.
30 Hull, Frank M.Frank M. Hull GA 1948–present 1994–1997 Clinton, Clinton appointment to 11th Cir.
35 Martin, Beverly B.Beverly B. Martin GA 1955–present 2000–2010 Clinton, Clinton appointment to 11th Cir.

Succession of seatsEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c U.S. District Courts of Georgia, Legislative history, Federal Judicial Center.
  2. ^ Asbury Dickens, A Synoptical Index to the Laws and Treaties of the United States of America (1852), p. 390.
  3. ^ Alfred Conkling, A Treatise on the Organization, Jurisdiction and Practice of the Courts of the United States (1864), p. 179.
  4. ^ Future Judicial Vacancies
  5. ^ Recess appointment on May 11, 1839; formally nominated on January 23, 1840, confirmed by the United States Senate on February 17, 1840, and received commission on February 17, 1840. Nicoll was initially appointed to the United States District Court for the District of Georgia; he was reassigned to the Northern and Southern Districts by operation of law on August 11, 1848.
  6. ^ Recess appointment; formally nominated on December 20, 1865, confirmed by the United States Senate on January 22, 1866, and received commission on January 22, 1866.
  7. ^ Recess appointment; formally nominated on December 9, 1886, confirmed by the United States Senate on January 13, 1887, and received commission on January 13, 1887.
  8. ^ Recess appointment; resigned before the United States Senate considered the appointment.
  9. ^ Recess appointment; formally nominated on January 5, 1950, confirmed by the United States Senate on February 21, 1950, and received commission on February 23, 1950.

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