A federal appeals court has scolded Chief U.S. District Judge Henry Wingate for taking more than six years to enter a final judgment in a civil case.

The Clarion-Ledger reports that a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals commented about Wingate in its decision affirming the 2002 jury award of more than $1.3 million to Jimmy Ford of Brandon, Miss., in a lawsuit filed against his then-employer, Diversified Technology Inc.