Federal Appeals Court Vacancies

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The federal courts of appeals are the last stop before the U.S. Supreme Court and, in most cases, the courts with the final say on constitutional and other federal issues. The number of authorized judgeships for the appellate courts has stayed constant since 1990, while the caseload of those courts has increased 32 percent. The federal judiciary has asked Congress to add a total of six permanent judgeships and four temporary positions to the courts of appeals.

Court Location Number of
Number of
1st Circuit Boston 6 0
2nd Circuit New York 13 1
3rd Circuit Philadelphia 14 2
4th Circuit Richmond, Va. 15 3
5th Circuit New Orleans 17 3
6th Circuit Cincinnati 16 6
7th Circuit Chicago 11 0
8th Circuit St. Louis 11 0
9th Circuit San Francisco 28 4
10th Circuit Denver 12 1
11th Circuit Atlanta 12 1
District of
Columbia Circuit
Washington 12 4
Federal Circuit Washington 12 0
Totals 179 25

SOURCE: Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts (as of Feb. 11, 2003)

Vol. 22, Issue 25, Page 8

Published in Print: March 5, 2003, as Federal Appeals Court Vacancies
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