United States Fourth Circuit

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

4th Circuit  



North Carolina
West Virginia


South Carolina


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
Albert Diaz Fourth Circuit 12/22/2010 Hispanic/Latino Active Male
Allyson K. Duncan Fourth Circuit 8/15/2003 African-American Active Female
Andre M. Davis Fourth Circuit 11/10/2009 African-American Senior Status 2/28/14 Male
James A. Wynn Jr. Fourth Circuit 8/10/2010 African-American Active Male
Roger L. Gregory Fourth Circuit 7/25/2001 African-American Active Male

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
Arenda L. Wright Allen Virginia (ED) 5/12/2011 African-American Active Female
George J. Hazel Maryland 5/2/2014 African-American Active Male
George Levi Russell, III Maryland 5/22/2012 African-American Active Male
Gerald Bruce Lee Virginia (ED) 10/1/1998 African-American Active Male
Irene C. Berger West Virginia (SD) 11/9/2009 African-American Active Female
J. Michelle Childs South Carolina 8/20/2010 African-American Active Female
James A. Beaty, Jr. N. Carolina (MD) 10/11/1994 African-American Senior Status 6/30/14 Male
James R. Spencer Virginia (ED) 10/14/1986 African-American Senior Status 3/25/14 Male
Loretta Copeland Biggs North Carolina (MD) 12/19/2014 African-American Active Female
Margaret B. Seymour South Carolina 10/22/1998 African-American Senior Status 1/16/13 Female
Raymond Jackson Virginia (ED) 11/22/1993 African-American Active Male
Theodore D. Chuang Maryland 5/2/2014 Asian-American/
Pacific Islanders
Active Male
William D. Quarles, Jr. Maryland 3/14/2003 African-American Active 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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