United States District Court for the District of South Carolina
United States District Court for the District of South Carolina
|Appeals to||Fourth Circuit|
|Established||October 7, 1965|
|Chief judge||Terry L. Wooten|
The United States District Court for the District of South Carolina (in case citations, D.S.C.) is the federal district court whose jurisdiction is the state of South Carolina. Court is held in the cities of Aiken, Anderson, Beaufort, Charleston, Columbia, Florence, Greenville, and Spartanburg.
Appeals from the District of South Carolina are taken to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (except for patent claims and claims against the U.S. government under the Tucker Act, which are appealed to the Federal Circuit).
The District of South Carolina was one of the original 13 courts established by the Judiciary Act of 1789, 1 Stat. 73, on September 24, 1789. It was subdivided into the United States District Court for the Eastern District of South Carolina and the United States District Court for the Western District of South Carolina Districts on February 21, 1823 by 3 Stat. 726. The Eastern District was headquartered at Florence, and the Western District was headquartered in Greenville. The division was solely for the purposes of holding court – a single judge presided over both districts, and the act authorized no additional court staff.
In 1898 the  It has since remained a single District.
The United States Attorney for the District of South Carolina represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court. The current United States Attorney is William N. Nettles.
|#||Title||Judge||Duty station||Born||Term of service||Appointed by|
|33||Chief Judge||Terry L. Wooten||Columbia||1954||2001–present||2013–present||—||G.W. Bush|
|26||District Judge||David C. Norton||Charleston||1946||1990–present||2007–2012||—||G.H.W. Bush|
|35||District Judge||Robert Bryan Harwell||Florence||1959||2004–present||—||—||G.W. Bush|
|36||District Judge||Richard Mark Gergel||Charleston||1954||2010–present||—||—||Obama|
|37||District Judge||J. Michelle Childs||Columbia||1966||2010–present||—||—||Obama|
|38||District Judge||Timothy M. Cain||Anderson||1961||2011–present||—||—||Obama|
|39||District Judge||Mary Geiger Lewis||Spartanburg||1958||2012–present||—||—||Obama|
|40||District Judge||Bruce Howe Hendricks||Greenville||1957||2014–present||—||—||Obama|
|17||Senior District Judge||Solomon Blatt Jr.||Charleston||1921||1971–1990||1986–1990||1990–present||Nixon|
|20||Senior District Judge||Charles Weston Houck||Charleston||1933||1979–2003||1993–2000||2003–present||Carter|
|21||Senior District Judge||George Ross Anderson, Jr.||Anderson||1929||1980–2009||—||2009–present||Carter|
|25||Senior District Judge||Joseph Fletcher Anderson, Jr.||Columbia||1949||1986–2014||2000–2007||2014–present||Reagan|
|28||Senior District Judge||Henry Michael Herlong, Jr.||Greenville||1944||1991–2009||—||2009–present||G.H.W. Bush|
|30||Senior District Judge||Cameron McGowan Currie||Columbia||1948||1994–2013||—||2013–present||Clinton|
|31||Senior District Judge||Patrick Michael Duffy||Charleston||1943||1995–2009||—||2009–present||Clinton|
|32||Senior District Judge||Margaret B. Seymour||Columbia||1947||1998–2013||2012–2013||2013–present||Clinton|
Vacancies and pending nominations
|Seat||Seat last held by||Vacancy reason||Date of vacancy||Nominee||Date of nomination|
|8||Cameron McGowan Currie||Senior status||October 3, 2013||—||—|
|5||Joseph Fletcher Anderson, Jr.||Senior status||November 16, 2014||—||—|
|#||Judge||State||Born/Died||Active service||Chief Judge||Senior status||Appointed by||
|1||Drayton, Sr., WilliamWilliam Drayton, Sr.||SC||1732–1790||1789–1790||—||—||Washington,Washington||death|
|2||Bee, ThomasThomas Bee||SC||1739–1812||1790–1812||—||—||Washington,Washington||death|
|3||Drayton, JohnJohn Drayton||SC||1766–1822||1812–1822||—||—||Madison,Madison||death|
|4||Lee, ThomasThomas Lee||SC||1769–1839||1823–1839||—||—||Monroe,Monroe||death|
|5||Gilchrist, Robert BuddRobert Budd Gilchrist||SC||1796–1856||1839–1856||—||—||Van Buren,Van Buren||death|
|6||Magrath, Andrew GordonAndrew Gordon Magrath||SC||1813–1893||1856–1860||—||—||Pierce,Pierce||resignation|
|7||Bryan, George SeabrookGeorge Seabrook Bryan||SC||1809–1905||1866–1886||—||—||Johnson, A.A. Johnson||retirement|
|8||Simonton, Charles HenryCharles Henry Simonton||SC||1829–1904||1886–1893||—||—||Cleveland,Cleveland||appointment to 4th Cir.|
|9||Brawley, William H.William H. Brawley||SC||1841–1916||1894–1911||—||—||Cleveland,Cleveland||retirement|
|10||Smith, Henry Augustus MiddletonHenry Augustus Middleton Smith||SC||1853–1924||1911–1912||—||—||Taft,Taft||reassignment to E.D.S.C. / W.D.S.C.|
|11||Wyche, Charles CecilCharles Cecil Wyche||SC||1885–1966||1965–1966||—||—||Roosevelt, F.F. Roosevelt||death|
|12||Martin, Jr., James RobertJames Robert Martin, Jr.||SC||1909–1984||1965–1979||1965–1979||1979–1984||Kennedy,Kennedy||death|
|13||Hemphill, Robert W.Robert W. Hemphill||SC||1915–1983||1965–1980||1979–1980||1980–1983||Johnson, L.L. Johnson||death|
|14||Simons, Jr., Charles EarlCharles Earl Simons, Jr.||SC||1916–1999||1965–1986||1980–1986||1986–1999||Johnson, L.L. Johnson||death|
|15||Russell, Donald S.Donald S. Russell||SC||1906–1998||1966–1971||—||—||Johnson, L.L. Johnson||appointment to 4th Cir.|
|16||Chapman, Robert FosterRobert Foster Chapman||SC||1926–present||1971–1981||—||—||Nixon,Nixon||appointment to 4th Cir.|
|18||Perry, Jr., Matthew JamesMatthew James Perry, Jr.||SC||1921–2011||1979–1995||—||1995–2011||Carter||death|
|19||Hawkins, Jr., Falcon BlackFalcon Black Hawkins, Jr.||SC||1927–2005||1979–1993||1990–1993||1993–2005||Carter,Carter||death|
|22||Wilkins, William WalterWilliam Walter Wilkins||SC||1942–present||1981–1986||—||—||Reagan,Reagan||appointment to 4th Cir.|
|23||Hamilton, Clyde H.Clyde H. Hamilton||SC||1934–present||1981–1991||—||—||Reagan,Reagan||appointment to 4th Cir.|
|24||Henderson, Karen L.Karen L. Henderson||SC||1944–present||1986–1990||—||—||Reagan,Reagan||appointment to D.C. Cir.|
|27||Shedd, DennisDennis Shedd||SC||1953–present||1990–2002||—||—||Bush, G.H.W.G.H.W. Bush||appointment to 4th Cir.|
|29||Traxler Jr., William ByrdWilliam Byrd Traxler Jr.||SC||1948–present||1992–1998||—||—||Bush, G.H.W.G.H.W. Bush||appointment to 4th Cir.|
|34||Floyd, Henry FranklinHenry Franklin Floyd||SC||1947–present||2003–2011||—||—||Bush, G.W.G.W. Bush||appointment to 4th Cir.|
Succession of seats
- U.S. District Courts of South Carolina, Legislative history, Federal Judicial Center.
- The Florence, South Carolina courthouse, Federal Judicial Center.
- The Greenville, South Carolina courthouse, Federal Judicial Center.
- Barrett v. United States, 169 U.S. 219 (1898).
- Recess appointment; formally nominated on February 8, 1790, confirmed by the United States Senate on February 10, 1790, and received commission on February 10, 1790.
- Recess appointment; formally nominated on January 29, 1840, confirmed by the United States Senate on February 17, 1840, and received commission on February 17, 1840.
- 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.
- Initially appointed to the Western District of South Carolina in 1937 by Franklin D. Roosevelt; reassigned to the District of South Carolina in 1965.
- Initially appointed to both the Eastern District of South Carolina and the Western District of South Carolina in 1961 by John F. Kennedy; reassigned to the District of South Carolina in 1965.
- Initially appointed to both the Eastern District of South Carolina and the Western District of South Carolina in 1964 by Lyndon B. Johnson; reassigned to the District of South Carolina in 1965.
- Initially appointed to the Eastern District of South Carolina in 1964 by Lyndon B. Johnson; reassigned to the District of South Carolina in 1965.
- United States District Court for the District of South Carolina Official Website
- United States Attorney for the District of South Carolina Official Website