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United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana

The United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana (in case citations, S.D. Ind.) is a federal district court in Indiana. It was created in 1928 by an act of Congress that split Indiana into two separate districts, northern and southern. The Southern District is divided into four divisions, Indianapolis, Terre Haute, Evansville, and New Albany. Appeals from the Southern District of Indiana are taken to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (except for patent claims and claims against the U.S. government under the Tucker Act, which are appealed to the Federal Circuit). The court has five judges, four full-time United States magistrate judges and two part-time magistrate judges.

United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
(S.D. Ind.)
LocationBirch Bayh Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse
More locations
Appeals toSeventh Circuit
EstablishedApril 21, 1928
Chief JudgeJane Magnus-Stinson
Officers of the court
U.S. AttorneyJoshua Minkler
U.S. MarshalJoseph D. McClain

The courtrooms are located in the Birch Bayh Federal Building in Indianapolis.



The United States District Court for the District of Indiana was established on March 3, 1817, by 3 Stat. 390.[1][2] The District was subdivided into Northern and Southern Districts on April 21, 1928, by 45 Stat. 437.[2] Of all district courts to be subdivided, Indiana existed for the longest time as a single court, 111 years.

Divisions of the Southern DistrictEdit

Current judgesEdit

As of November 5, 2018:

# Title Judge Duty station Born Term of service Appointed by
Active Chief Senior
13 Chief Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson Indianapolis 1958 2010–present 2016–present Obama
11 District Judge Richard L. Young Evansville 1953 1998–present 2009–2016 Clinton
14 District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt Indianapolis 1959 2010–present Obama
15 District Judge James R. Sweeney II Indianapolis 1961 2018–present Trump
16 District Judge James Patrick Hanlon Indianapolis 1970 2018–present Trump
7 Senior Judge Sarah Evans Barker Indianapolis 1943 1984–2014 1994–2000 2014–present Reagan
12 Senior Judge William T. Lawrence inactive 1947 2008–2018 2018–present G.W. Bush

Former judgesEdit

# Judge State Born–died Active service Chief Judge Senior status Appointed by Reason for
1 Robert C. Baltzell IN 1879–1950 1928–1950[Note 1] 1950 Operation of law death
2 William Elwood Steckler IN 1913–1995 1950–1986 1954–1982 1986–1995 Truman death
3 Cale James Holder IN 1912–1983 1954–1983 Eisenhower death
4 Samuel Hugh Dillin IN 1914–2006 1961–1993 1982–1984 1993–2006 Kennedy death
5 James Ellsworth Noland IN 1920–1992 1966–1986 1984–1986 1986–1992 L. Johnson death
6 Gene Edward Brooks IN 1931–2004 1979–1996 1987–1994 Carter retirement
8 Larry J. McKinney IN 1944–2017 1987–2009 2001–2007 2009–2017 Reagan death
9 John Daniel Tinder IN 1950–present 1987–2007 Reagan elevation to 7th Cir.
10 David Hamilton IN 1957–present 1994–2009 2008–2009 Clinton elevation to 7th Cir.
  1. ^ Reassigned from the District of Indiana.

Chief judgesEdit

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 seatsEdit

List of U.S. Attorneys since 1929Edit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Asbury Dickens, A Synoptical Index to the Laws and Treaties of the United States of America (1852), p. 392.
  2. ^ a b U.S. District Courts of Indiana, Legislative history, Federal Judicial Center.
  3. ^ "The Political Graveyard: U.S. District Attorneys in Indiana".
  4. ^ "4 Feb 2000, Page 38 - The Indianapolis Star at". Indianapolis Star.
  5. ^ "22 May 2000, Page 13 - The Indianapolis Star at". Indianapolis Star.
  6. ^ "Respected leaders in U.S. Attorney's Office for Southern District retire".

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