United States First Circuit

The United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit is a federal court with appellate jurisdiction over the district courts in the following states and Puerto Rico:

1st Circuit  

Puerto Rico


Rhode Island


New Hampshire

Court of Appeals

The 94 U.S. judicial districts are organized into 12 regional circuits, each of which has a United States Court of Appeals. This court hears appeals from the district courts located within its circuit and appeals from decisions of federal administrative agencies. In addition, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has nationwide jurisdiction to hear appeals in specialized cases, such as those involving patent laws and cases decided by the Court of International Trade and the Court of Federal Claims.

Judge Court Commission Race / Ethnicity Status Gender
Juan R. Torruella First Circuit 10/4/1984 Hispanic/Latino Active Male
O. Rogeriee Thompson First Circuit 3/30/2010 African-American Active Female

District Courts

The United States District Courts are the trial courts of the federal court system. Within limits set by Congress and the Constitution, the District Courts have jurisdiction to hear nearly all categories of federal cases, including both civil and criminal matters.

There are 94 federal district courts, including at least one district court in each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Three territories of the United States—the Virgin Islands, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands—have District Courts that hear federal cases, including bankruptcy cases.

Judge Court Commission Race / Ethnicity Status Gender
Aida M. Delgado-Colon*** Puerto Rico 3/17/2006 Hispanic/Latino Active Female
Carmen Consuelo Cerezo Puerto Rico 6/30/1980 Hispanic/Latino Active Female
Daniel R. Dominguez Puerto Rico 9/29/1994 Hispanic/Latino Senior Status 7/31/11 Male
Denise Jefferson Casper Massachusetts 12/20/2010 African-American Active Female
Francisco Augusto Besosa Puerto Rico 9/27/2006 Hispanic/Latino Active Male
Gustavo Antonio Gelpi Jr. Puerto Rico 8/1/2006 Hispanic/Latino Active Male
Indira Talwani Massachusetts 5/12/2014 Asian-American/ Pacific Islanders Active Female
Jay A. Garcia-Gregory Puerto Rico 7/11/2000 Hispanic/Latino Active Male
Jose Antonio Fuste Puerto Rico 10/28/1985 Hispanic/Latino Active Male
Juan Manuel Perez-Gimenez Puerto Rico 12/6/1979 Hispanic/Latino Senior Status 3/28/06 Male
Pedro A. Delgado Hernandez Puerto Rico 3/7/2014 Hispanic/Latino Active Male
Salvador E. Casellas Puerto Rico 9/29/1994 Hispanic/Latino Senior Status 6/10/05 Male


CD - Central District ED - Eastern District MD - Middle District ND - Northern District SD - Southern District
WD - Western District ± LGBT *** Current Chief Judge

Data is based on information collected through July 31, 2015.


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