United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi

United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi

United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi
(S.D. Miss.)
Appeals to Fifth Circuit
Established June 18, 1838
Judges assigned 6
Chief judge Louis Guirola Jr.
Official site

The United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi (in case citations, S.D. Miss.) is a federal court in the Fifth Circuit with facilities in Gulfport, Hattiesburg, Natchez, Meridian, and Jackson.

Appeals from cases brought in the Southern District of Mississippi are taken to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth 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 Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court. The current United States Attorney is Gregory K. Davis has been serving since April 11, 2012.[1]


  • Jurisdiction 1
  • Current judges 2
  • Former judges 3
  • Succession of seats 4
  • See also 5
  • Notes 6
  • External links 7


Jurisdiction (Counties): Adams, Amite, Claiborne, Clarke, Copiah, Covington, Davis, Forrest, Franklin, George, Greene, Hancock, Harrison, Hinds, Holmes, Issaquena, Jackson, Jasper, Jeff, Jefferson, Jones, Kemper, Lamar, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Leake, Lincoln, Madison, Marion, Neshoba, Newton, Noxubee, Pearl River, Perry, Pike, Rankin, Scott, Sharkey, Simpson, Smith, Stone, Walthall, Warren, Wayne, Wilkinson, and Yazoo.

Current judges

# Title Judge Duty station Born Term of service Appointed by
Active Chief Senior
16 Chief Judge Louis Guirola Jr. Gulfport 1951 2004–present 2010–present G.W. Bush
12 District Judge Henry Travillion Wingate Jackson 1947 1985–present 2003–2010 Reagan
17 District Judge Keith Starrett Hattiesburg 1951 2004–present G.W. Bush
18 District Judge Daniel Porter Jordan III Jackson 1964 2006–present G.W. Bush
19 District Judge Halil Suleyman Ozerden Gulfport 1966 2007–present G.W. Bush
20 District Judge Carlton W. Reeves Jackson 1964 2010–Present Obama
10 Senior Judge William Henry Barbour, Jr. Jackson 1941 1983–2006 1989–1996 2006–present Reagan
11 Senior Judge Tom Stewart Lee Jackson 1941 1984–2006 1996–2003 2006–present Reagan
13 Senior Judge Walter J. Gex III Gulfport 1939 1986–2004 2004–present Reagan
15 Senior Judge David C. Bramlette Natchez 1939 1991–2006 2006–present G.H.W. Bush

Former judges

# Judge State Born/Died Active service Chief Judge Senior status Appointed by Reason for
1 Adams, GeorgeGeorge Adams MS 1784–1844 1838[2] Jackson,Jackson resignation
2 Gholson, Samuel J.Samuel J. Gholson MS 1808–1883 1839–1861 Van Buren,Van Buren resignation
3 Hill, Robert AndrewsRobert Andrews Hill MS 1811–1900 1866–1891 Johnson, A.A. Johnson retirement
4 Niles, Henry ClayHenry Clay Niles MS 1850–1918 1891[3]–1918 Harrison, B.B. Harrison death
5 Holmes, Edwin R.Edwin R. Holmes MS 1878–1961 1918–1936 Wilson,Wilson reappointment
6 Mize, Sidney CarrSidney Carr Mize MS 1888–1965 1937–1965 1961–1962 Roosevelt, F.F. Roosevelt death
7 Cox, William HaroldWilliam Harold Cox MS 1901–1988 1961–1982 1962–1971 1982–1988 Kennedy,Kennedy death
8 Russell Jr., Dan MonroeDan Monroe Russell Jr. MS 1913–2011 1965–1983 1971–1982 1983–2011 Johnson, L.L. Johnson death
9 Nixon Jr., Walter LouisWalter Louis Nixon Jr. MS 1928–present 1968–1989 1982–1989 Johnson, L.L. Johnson removal[Note 1]
14 Pickering, Charles W.Charles W. Pickering MS 1937–present 1990–2004 Bush, G.H.W.G.H.W. Bush reappointment
  1. ^ Impeached and convicted

Succession of seats

See also


  1. ^ "Office of the United States Attorneys". Executive Office for United States Attorneys. United States Department of Justice. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  2. ^ Initially appointed to the District of Mississippi in 1836 by Andrew Jackson; reassigned to both the Northern District of Mississippi and the Southern District of Mississippi in 1838.
  3. ^ Recess appointment; formally nominated on December 10, 1891, confirmed by the United States Senate on January 11, 1892, and received commission on January 11, 1892.

External links

  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi