United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky


The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky (in case citations, E.D. Ky.) is the Federal district court whose jurisdiction comprises approximately the Eastern half of the state of Kentucky.

The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Cincinnati, Ohio maintains appellate jurisdiction for the district (except for patent claims and claims against the U.S. government under the Tucker Act, which are appealed to the Federal Circuit).

Contents

  • Jurisdiction 1
  • History 2
  • Meeting places 3
  • U.S. Attorney 4
  • Current Judges 5
  • Vacancies and pending nominations 6
  • Former Judges 7
  • Succession of seats 8
  • See also 9
  • Notes 10
  • External links 11

Jurisdiction

The Eastern District of Kentucky encompasses the following counties: Nicholas, Owen, Owsley, Pendleton, Perry, Pike, Powell, Pulaski, Robertson, Rockcastle, Rowan, Scott, Shelby, Trimble, Wayne, Whitley, Wolfe, and Woodford.

History

The United States District Court for the District of Kentucky was one of the original 13 courts established by the Judiciary Act of 1789, 1 Stat. 73, on September 24, 1789.[1][2] At the time, Kentucky was not yet a state, but was within the territory of the state of Virginia. The District was unchanged when Kentucky became a state on June 1, 1792. On February 13, 1801 the Judiciary Act of 1801, 2 Stat. 89, abolished the U.S. district court in Kentucky,[2] but the repeal of this Act restored the District on March 8, 1802, 2 Stat. 132.[2] The District was subdivided into Eastern and Western Districts on February 12, 1901, by 31 Stat. 781.[2]

Meeting places

The federal courthouse at Covington, Kentucky

The court is based in Lexington and also holds sessions in Federal Courthouses in Ashland, Covington, Frankfort, London and Pikeville. The court also meets in Richmond and Jackson. In addition, at one time the court also met in Catlettsburg, however the court left Catlettsburg when the Carl D. Perkins Federal Building and United States Courthouse in Ashland was completed.

U.S. Attorney

The United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Kentucky represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court. The current United States Attorney is Kerry B. Harvey, who was nominated by President Barack Obama in January 2010.

Current Judges

|- | style="text-align:right;" | 16 | District Judge | G.H.W. Bush


Vacancies and pending nominations

Seat Seat last held by Vacancy reason Date of vacancy Nominee Date of nomination
2 Jennifer B. Coffman Retirement January 8, 2013

Former Judges

|- style="background:};" | 3 | style="text-align:left;" | Swinford, MacMac Swinford | style="text-align:center;" | KY | style="text-align:center;" | 1899–1975 | style="text-align:center;" | 1937–1975 | style="text-align:center;" | 1963–1969 | style="text-align:center;" | — | Roosevelt, F.F. Roosevelt | style="text-align:left;" | death |- style="background:};" | 4 | style="text-align:left;" | Moynahan Jr., Bernard ThomasBernard Thomas Moynahan Jr. | style="text-align:center;" | KY | style="text-align:center;" | 1918–1999 | style="text-align:center;" | 1963–1984 | style="text-align:center;" | 1969–1984 | style="text-align:center;" | 1984–1999 | Kennedy,Kennedy | style="text-align:left;" | death |- style="background:};" | 5 | style="text-align:left;" | Hermansdorfer, Howard DavidHoward David Hermansdorfer | style="text-align:center;" | KY | style="text-align:center;" | 1931–2003 | style="text-align:center;" | 1972–1981 | style="text-align:center;" | — | style="text-align:center;" | — | Nixon,Nixon | style="text-align:left;" | resignation |- style="background:};" | 6 | style="text-align:left;" | Siler, Jr., Eugene EdwardEugene Edward Siler, Jr. | style="text-align:center;" | KY | style="text-align:center;" | 1936–present | style="text-align:center;" | 1975–1991 | style="text-align:center;" | 1984–1991 | style="text-align:center;" | — | Ford,Ford | style="text-align:left;" | reappointment |- style="background:};" | 7 | style="text-align:left;" | Reed, Scott ElginScott Elgin Reed | style="text-align:center;" | KY | style="text-align:center;" | 1921–1994 | style="text-align:center;" | 1979–1988 | style="text-align:center;" | — | style="text-align:center;" | 1988–1994 | Carter,Carter | style="text-align:left;" | death |- style="background:};" | 9 | style="text-align:left;" | Unthank, Green WixGreen Wix Unthank | style="text-align:center;" | KY | style="text-align:center;" | 1923–2013 | style="text-align:center;" | 1980–1988 | style="text-align:center;" | — | style="text-align:center;" | 1988–2013 | Carter,Carter | style="text-align:left;" | death |- style="background:};" | 11 | style="text-align:left;" | Forester, Karl SpillmanKarl Spillman Forester | style="text-align:center;" | KY | style="text-align:center;" | 1940–2014 | style="text-align:center;" | 1988–2005 | style="text-align:center;" | 2001–2005 | style="text-align:center;" | 2005-2014 | Reagan,Reagan | style="text-align:left;" | death |- style="background:};" | 13 | style="text-align:left;" | Coffman, Jennifer B.Jennifer B. Coffman | style="text-align:center;" | KY | style="text-align:center;" | 1948–present | style="text-align:center;" | 1993–2013 | style="text-align:center;" | 2007–2012 | style="text-align:center;" | — | Clinton,Clinton | style="text-align:left;" | retirement


Succession of seats