United States Fifth Circuit

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







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
Carl Stewart*** Fifth Circuit 5/9/1994 African-American Active Male
Edward Charles Prado Fifth Circuit 5/5/2003 Hispanic/Latino Active Male
Fortunato Pedro Benavides Fifth Circuit 5/9/1994 Hispanic/Latino Senior Status 2/3/12 Male
James E. Graves, Jr. Fifth Circuit 2/15/2011 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
Alfred Homer Bennett Texas (WD) 4/15/2015 African-American Active Male
Alia Moses Texas (WD) 11/15/2002 Hispanic/Latino Active Female
Brian A. Jackson*** Louisiana (MD) 6/15/2010 African-American Active Male
Carlton W. Reeves Mississippi (SD) 12/20/2010 African-American Active Male
David Briones Texas (WD) 10/11/1994 Hispanic/Latino Senior Status 2/26/09 Male
David Campos Guaderrama Texas (WD) 4/30/2012 Hispanic/Latino Active Male
Debra M. Brown Mississippi (ND) 11/5/2013 African-American Active Female
Diana Saldana Texas (SD) 2/9/2011 Hispanic/Latino Active Female
Frank Montalvo Texas (WD) 8/1/2003 Hispanic/Latino Active Male
George Carol Hanks, Jr. Texas(SD) 4/22/2015 African-American Active Male
Henry T. Wingate Mississippi (SD) 10/17/1985 African-American Active Male
Hilda G. Tagle Texas (SD) 3/17/1998 Hispanic/Latino Senior Status 12/31/12 Female
Ivan L.R. Lemelle Louisiana (ED) 4/7/1998 African-American Senior Status 6/29/15 Male
Jorge Antonio Solis Texas (ND) 9/16/1991 Hispanic/Latino Active Male
Kathleen Cardone Texas (WD) 7/29/2003 Hispanic/Latino Active Female
Kenneth Hoyt Texas (SD) 4/1/1988 African-American Senior Status 3/2/13 Male
Louis Guirola Jr.*** Mississippi (SD) 3/22/2004 Hispanic/Latino Active Male
Marina Garcia Marmolejo Texas (SD) 10/4/2011 Hispanic/Latino Active Female
Micaela Alvarez Texas (SD) 12/13/2004 Hispanic/Latino Active Female
Nannette Jolivette Brown Louisiana (ED) 10/4/2011 African-American Active Female
Nevla Gonzales Ramos Texas (SD) 8/4/2011 Hispanic/Latino Active Female
Orlando Luis Garcia Texas (WD) 3/11/1994 Hispanic/Latino Active Male
Philip Ray Martinez Texas (WD) 2/12/2002 Hispanic/Latino Active Male
Randy Crane Texas (SD) 3/19/2002 Hispanic/Latino Active Male
Ricardo H. Hinojosa*** Texas (SD) 5/5/1983 Hispanic/Latino Active Male
Sam Lindsay Texas (ND) 3/17/1998 African-American Active Male
Vanessa Gilmore Texas (SD) 6/9/1994 African-American Active Female
Xavier Rodriguez Texas (WD) 8/1/2003 Hispanic/Latino 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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