United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida

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United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
(M.D. Fla.)
Appeals toEleventh Circuit
EstablishedJuly 30, 1962
Judges assigned15
Chief judgeAnne C. Conway
Official site
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United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
(M.D. Fla.)
Appeals toEleventh Circuit
EstablishedJuly 30, 1962
Judges assigned15
Chief judgeAnne C. Conway
Official site

The United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida (in case citations, M.D. Fla. or M.D.Fl.) serves the residents of thirty-five counties from eight courthouses.

Appeals from cases brought in the Middle District of Florida are to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit (except for patent claims and claims against the U.S. government under the Tucker Act, which are appealed to the Federal Circuit).

The current United States Attorney for the Middle District of Florida is Lee Bentley.[1] On June 19, 2014 President Barack Obama nominated Arthur Lee Bentley III to be the next United States Attorney.[2]


On the same day that Florida was admitted as a state, March 3, 1845, Congress enacted legislation creating the United States District Court for the District of Florida, 5 Stat. 788.[3][4] On February 23, 1847, this District was subdivided into Northern and Southern Districts, by 9 Stat. 131.[3][4] The Middle District was not created until July 30, 1962, when it was carved from portions of the other districts by 76 Stat. 247.[4]


The counties served by the Middle District of Florida are: Baker, Bradford, Brevard, Charlotte, Citrus, Clay, Collier, Columbia, DeSoto, Duval, Flagler, Glades, Hamilton, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Hillsborough, Lake, Lee, Manatee, Marion, Nassau, Orange, Osceola, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, St. Johns, Sarasota, Seminole, Sumter, Suwannee, Union, and Volusia counties.

It holds court in the following locations:

Current judges[edit]

A total of 36 judges have sat on the court since its creation. The court currently has 15 authorized judgeships, filled by judges appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate. As of 2009, the Chief Judge of the District is Judge Anne C. Conway, who succeeded Judge Patricia C. Fawsett in the post.

#TitleJudgeDuty stationBornTerm of serviceAppointed by
20Chief JudgeAnne C. ConwayOrlando19501991–present2008–presentG. H. W. Bush
15District JudgeElizabeth A. KovachevichTampa19361982–present1996–2002Reagan
21District JudgeSteven Douglas MerrydayTampa19501991–presentG. H. W. Bush
25District JudgeJames D. WhittemoreTampa19522000–presentClinton
27District JudgeJohn E. SteeleFt. Myers19492000–presentClinton
30District JudgeTimothy J. CorriganJacksonville19562002–presentG.W. Bush
31District JudgeVirginia M. Hernandez CovingtonTampa19552004–presentG.W. Bush
32District JudgeMarcia Morales HowardJacksonville19652007–presentG.W. Bush
33District JudgeMary Stenson ScrivenTampa19622008–presentG.W. Bush
34District JudgeCharlene HoneywellOrlando19572009–presentObama
35District JudgeRoy B. Dalton, Jr.Orlando19522011–presentObama
36District JudgeSheri Polster ChappellFt. Myers19622013–presentObama
37District JudgeBrian J. DavisJacksonville19532013–presentObama
38District JudgePaul G. ByronOrlando19592014–presentObama
39District JudgeCarlos Eduardo MendozaOrlando19702014–presentObama
4Senior District JudgeGeorge C. YoungOrlando19161961–19811973–19811981–presentKennedy
8Senior District JudgeWilliam Terrell HodgesOcala19341971–19991982–19891999–presentNixon
10Senior District JudgeHowell W. MeltonJacksonville19231977–19911991–presentCarter
13Senior District JudgeWilliam J. CastagnaTampa19241979–19921992–presentCarter
16Senior District JudgeG. Kendall SharpOrlando19341983–20002000–presentReagan
17Senior District JudgePatricia C. FawsettOrlando19431986–20082003–20082008–presentReagan
19Senior District JudgeHarvey E. SchlesingerJacksonville19401991–20062006–presentG.H.W. Bush
22Senior District JudgeHenry Lee Adams, Jr.Jacksonville19451993–20102010–presentClinton
23Senior District JudgeSusan C. BucklewTampa19421993–20082008–presentClinton
24Senior District JudgeRichard A. LazzaraTampa19451997–20112011–presentClinton
26Senior District JudgeJohn Antoon IIOrlando19462000–20132013–presentClinton
28Senior District JudgeJames S. Moody, Jr.Tampa19472000–20142014–presentClinton
29Senior District JudgeGregory A. PresnellOrlando19422000–20122012–presentClinton

Former judges[edit]

#JudgeStateBorn/DiedActive serviceChief JudgeSenior statusAppointed byReason for
1Simpson, John Milton BryanJohn Milton Bryan SimpsonFL1903–19871962–19661962–1966Truman, Trumanappointment to 5th Cir.
2Lieb, Joseph PatrickJoseph Patrick LiebFL1901–19711962–19711966–1971Eisenhower, Eisenhowerdeath
3McRae, WilliamWilliam McRaeFL1909–19731962–19731971–1973Kennedy, Kennedydeath
5Scott, Charles R.Charles R. ScottFL1904–19831966–19761976–1983L. Johnson, L. Johnsondeath
6Krentzman, BenBen KrentzmanFL1914–19981967–19821981–19821982–1998L. Johnson, L. Johnsondeath
7Tjoflat, Gerald BardGerald Bard TjoflatFL1929–present1970–1975Nixon, Nixonappointment to 5th Cir.
9Reed, Jr., John A.John A. Reed, Jr.FL1931–present1973–1984Nixon, Nixonresignation
11Carr, George C.George C. CarrFL1929–19901977–19901989–1990Carter, Carterdeath
12Black, Susan H.Susan H. BlackFL1943–present1979–19921990–1992Carter, Carterappointment to 11th Cir.
14Moore II, John H.John H. Moore IIFL1929–20131981–19951992–19951995–2013Reagan, Reagandeath
18Nimmons, Jr., Ralph WilsonRalph Wilson Nimmons, Jr.FL1938–20031991–2003G.H.W. Bush, G.H.W. Bushdeath

By seat[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Office of the United States Attorneys". Executive Office for United States Attorneys. United States Department of Justice. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "President Obama Nominates Two to Serve as U.S. Attorneys". whitehouse.gov. Office of the Press Secretary. 19 June 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Asbury Dickens, A Synoptical Index to the Laws and Treaties of the United States of America (1852), p. 393.
  4. ^ a b c U.S. District Courts of Florida, Legislative history, Federal Judicial Center.

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