|United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia|
|(N.D. W. Va.)|
|Appeals to||Fourth Circuit|
|Established||January 22, 1901|
|Chief Judge||Gina Marie Groh|
|Officers of the court|
|U.S. Attorney||William J. Powell|
|U.S. Marshal||J.C. Raffety|
The United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia (in case citations, N.D. W. Va.) is a federal court in 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 was established on June 22, 1901.
William J. Powell was confirmed as the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia on October 3, 2017.
The United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia is one of two federal judicial districts in West Virginia.Court for the Northern District is held at Clarksburg, Elkins, Martinsburg, and Wheeling.
Clarksburg Division comprises the following counties: Braxton, Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Harrison, Marion, Monongalia, Pleasants, Preston, Ritchie, and Taylor.
Elkins Division comprises the following counties: Barbour, Grant, Hardy, Lewis, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Randolph, Tucker, Upshur, and Webster.
Martinsburg Division comprises the following counties: Berkeley, Hampshire, Jefferson, Mineral, and Morgan.
Wheeling Division comprises the following counties: Brooke, Hancock, Marshall, Ohio, Tyler, and Wetzel.
|#||Title||Judge||Duty station||Born||Term of service||Appointed by|
|15||Chief Judge||Gina Marie Groh||Martinsburg||1964||2012–present||2015–present||—||Obama|
|14||District Judge||John Preston Bailey||Wheeling||1951||2007–present||2008–2015||—||G.W. Bush|
|16||District Judge||Tom Kleeh||Clarksburg||1974||2018–present||—||—||Trump|
|11||Senior Judge||Frederick Pfarr Stamp Jr.||Wheeling||1934||1990–2006||1994–2001||2006–present||G.H.W. Bush|
|12||Senior Judge||Irene Patricia Murphy Keeley||Clarksburg||1944||1992–2017||2001–2008||2017–present||G.H.W. Bush|
|#||Judge||State||Born–died||Active service||Chief Judge||Senior status||Appointed by||Reason for|
|1||John Jay Jackson Jr.||WV||1824–1907||1901 –1905||—||—||Lincoln||retirement|
|2||Alston G. Dayton||WV||1857–1920||1905–1920||—||—||T. Roosevelt||death|
|3||William Eli Baker||WV||1873–1954||1921–1954||1948–1954||1954||Harding||death|
|4||Harry Evans Watkins||WV||1898–1963||1937–1963||1954–1963||—||F. Roosevelt||death|
|5||Herbert Stephenson Boreman||WV||1897–1982||1954–1959||—||—||Eisenhower||appointment to 4th Cir.|
|6||Charles Ferguson Paul||WV||1902–1965||1960–1965||1963–1965||—||Eisenhower||death|
|7||Sidney Lee Christie||WV||1903–1974||1964–1974||—||—||L. Johnson||death|
|8||Robert Earl Maxwell||WV||1924–2010||1965–1995||1965–1994||1995–2010||L. Johnson||death|
|9||Charles Harold Haden II||WV||1937–2004||1975–1983||—||—||Ford||seat abolished|
|10||William Matthew Kidd||WV||1918–1998||1979–1990||—||1990–1998||Carter||death|
|13||W. Craig Broadwater||WV||1950–2006||1996–2006||—||—||Clinton||death|
Chief judges have administrative responsibilities with respect to their district court. Unlike the Supreme Court, where one justice is specifically nominated to be chief, the office of chief judge rotates among the district court judges. To be chief, a judge must have been in active service on the court for at least one year, be under the age of 65, and have not previously served as chief judge. A vacancy is filled by the judge highest in seniority among the group of qualified judges. The chief judge serves for a term of seven years or until age 70, whichever occurs first. The age restrictions are waived if no members of the court would otherwise be qualified for the position.
When the office was created in 1948, the chief judge was the longest-serving judge who had not elected to retire on what has since 1958 been known as senior status or declined to serve as chief judge. After August 6, 1959, judges could not become or remain chief after turning 70 years old. The current rules have been in operation since October 1, 1982.