United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana

United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana

United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
(S.D. Ind.)
Appeals to Seventh Circuit
Established April 21, 1928
Judges assigned 5
Chief judge Richard L. Young
Official site

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana (in case citations, S.D. Ind.) 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,[1] 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.

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

Divisions of the Southern District

Indianapolis: Randolph County, Rush County, Shelby County, Tipton County, Union County and Wayne County.

Terre Haute: Clay County, Greene County, Knox County, Owen County, Parke County, Putnam County, Sullivan County, Vermillion County and Vigo County.

Evansville: Daviess County, Dubois County, Gibson County, Martin County, Perry County, Pike County, Posey County, Spencer County, Vanderburgh County and Warrick County.

New Albany: Clark County, Crawford County, Dearborn County, Floyd County, Harrison County, Jackson County, Jefferson County, Jennings County, Lawrence County, Ohio County, Orange County, Ripley County, Scott County, Switzerland County and Washington County.

Current Judges

# Title Judge Duty station Born Term of service Appointed by
Active Chief Senior
11 Chief Judge Richard L. Young Evansville 1953 1998–present 2009–present Clinton
12 District Judge William T. Lawrence Indianapolis 1947 2008–present G.W. Bush
13 District Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson Indianapolis 1958 2010–present Obama
14 District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt Indianapolis 1959 2010–present Obama
15 District Judge vacant
7 Senior Judge Sarah Evans Barker Indianapolis 1943 1984–2014 1994–2000 2014–present Reagan
8 Senior Judge Larry J. McKinney Indianapolis 1944 1987–2009 2001–2007 2009–present Reagan

Vacancies and pending nominations

Seat Seat last held by Vacancy reason Date of vacancy Nominee Date of nomination
2 Sarah Evans Barker Senior Status June 30, 2014

Former Judges

# Judge State Born/Died Active service Chief Judge Senior status Appointed by Reason for
1 Baltzell, Robert C.Robert C. Baltzell IN 1879–1950 1928[4]–1950 1950 Coolidge,Coolidge death
2 Steckler, William ElwoodWilliam Elwood Steckler IN 1913–1995 1950–1986 1954–1982 1986–1995 Truman,Truman death
3 Holder, Cale JamesCale James Holder IN 1912–1983 1954–1983 Eisenhower,Eisenhower death
4 Dillin, Samuel HughSamuel Hugh Dillin IN 1914–2006 1961–1993 1982–1984 1993–2006 Kennedy,Kennedy death
5 Noland, James EllsworthJames Ellsworth Noland IN 1920–1992 1966–1986 1984–1986 1986–1992 Johnson, L.L. Johnson death
6 Brooks, Gene EdwardGene Edward Brooks IN 1931–2004 1979–1996 1987–1994 Carter,Carter retirement
9 Tinder, John DanielJohn Daniel Tinder IN 1950–present 1987–2007 Reagan,Reagan reappointed to 7th Cir.
10 Hamilton, David F.David F. Hamilton IN 1957–present 1994–2009 2008–2009 Clinton,Clinton reappointed to 7th Cir.

Succession of seats

See also


  1. ^ The future of the Terre Haute Division is in doubt. Because the federal building that it occupies will be transferred to the control of Indiana State University, the District Court announced that the division would cease operations on January 1, 2006. However, on October 18, 2005, Chief Judge Larry J. McKinney announced that the division would remain open while the court works with the General Services Administration on the matter of relocation.
  2. ^ Asbury Dickens, A Synoptical Index to the Laws and Treaties of the United States of America (1852), p. 392.
  3. ^ a b U.S. District Courts of Indiana, Legislative history, Federal Judicial Center.
  4. ^ Initially appointed to the District of Indiana in 1925 by Calvin Coolidge; reassigned to the Southern District of Indiana in 1928.

External links

  • United States District Court, Southern District of Indiana
  • United States Attorney, Southern District of Indiana