United States Ninth Circuit

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


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N. Mariana Islands

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
A. Wallace Tashima Ninth Circuit 1/4/1996 Asian-American/ Pacific Islanders Senior Status 6/30/04 Male
Carlos T. Bea Ninth Circuit 10/1/2003 Hispanic/Latino Active Male
Consuelo Maria Callahan Ninth Circuit 5/28/2003 Hispanic/Latino Active Female
Ferdinand Francis Fernandez Ninth Circuit 5/22/1989 Hispanic/Latino Senior Status 6/1/02 Male
J. Jerome Farris Ninth Circuit 9/27/1979 African-American Senior Status 3/4/95 Male
Jacqueline H. Nguyen Ninth Circuit 5/14/2012 Asian-American/ Pacific Islanders Active Female
Johnnie B. Rawlinson Ninth Circuit 7/26/2000 African-American Active Male
Kim McLane Wardlaw Ninth Circuit 8/3/1998 Hispanic/Latino Active Female
Mary Helen Murguia Ninth Circuit 1/4/2011 Hispanic/Latino Active Female
Paul J. Watford Ninth Circuit 5/22/2012 African-American Active Male
Richard A. Paez Ninth Circuit 3/14/2000 Hispanic/Latino 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
Ancer Haggerty Oregon 3/28/1994 African-American Senior Status 8/26/09 Male
Andre Birotte Jr. California (ED) 8/8/2014 African-American Active Male
Anthony W. Ishii California (ED) 10/14/1997 Asian-American/
Pacific Islanders
Senior Status 10/31/12 Male
Consuelo B. Marshall California (CD) 9/30/1980 African-American Senior Status 10/24/05 Female
Dana M. Sabraw California (SD) 9/26/2003 Asian-American/
Pacific Islanders
Active Male
Derrick K. Watson Hawaii 4/23/2013 Asian-American/
Pacific Islanders
Active Male
Diane Humetewa Arizona 5/16/2014 Native American Active Female
Dolly M. Gee California (CD) 1/4/2010 Asian-American/
Pacific Islanders
Active Female
Edward J. Garcia California (ED) 3/14/1984 Hispanic/Latino Senior Status 11/24/96 Male
Edward John Davila California (ND) 3/3/2011 Hispanic/Latino Active Male
Edward M. Chen California (ND) 5/12/2011 Asian-American/
Pacific Islanders
Active Male
Fernando M. Olguin California (CD) 1/16/2013 Hispanic/Latino Active Male
Frank R. Zapata Arizona 8/1/1996 Hispanic/Latino Senior Status 8/3/10 Male
Garland E. Burrell, Jr. California (ED) 3/2/1992 African-American Senior Status 7/4/12 Male
George H. King*** California (CD) 6/30/1995 Asian-American/
Pacific Islanders
Active Male
George H. Wu California (CD) 4/17/2007 Asian-American/
Pacific Islanders
Active Male
Gloria Maria Navarro*** Nevada 5/6/2010 Hispanic/Latino Active Female
Gonzalo P. Curiel California (SD) 10/1/2012 Hispanic/Latino Active Male
Haywood Stirling Gilliam, Jr. California (ND) 12/19/2014 African-American Active Male
James A. Soto Arizona 6/9/2014 Hispanic/Latino Active Male
Jesus G. Bernal California (CD) 12/12/2012 Hispanic/Latino Active Male
John A. Houston California (SD) 10/7/2003 African-American Active Male
John A. Mendez California (ED) 4/17/2008 Hispanic/Latino Active Male
Leslie E. Kobayashi Hawaii 12/22/2010 Asian-American/
Pacific Islanders
Active Female
Lucy H. Koh California (ND) 6/9/2010 Asian-American/
Pacific Islanders
Active Female
Manuel Lawrence Real California (CD) 11/3/1966 Hispanic/Latino Active Male
Marco Antonio Hernandez Oregon 2/9/2011 Hispanic/Latino Active Male
Miranda Du Nevada 3/30/2012 Asian-American/
Pacific Islanders
Active Female
Morrison C. England, Jr.*** California (ED) 8/2/2002 African-American Active Male
Otis D. Wright II California (CD) 4/16/2007 African-American Active Male
Percy Anderson California (CD) 5/1/2002 African-American Active Male
Philip S. Gutierrez California (CD) 2/16/2007 Hispanic/Latino Active Male
Phyllis J. Hamilton California (ND) 5/25/2000 African-American Active Female
Raner C. Collins*** Arizona 8/3/1998 African-American Active Male
Ricardo S. Martinez Washington (WD) 6/16/2004 Hispanic/Latino Active Male
Richard A. Jones Washington (WD) 10/29/2007 African-American Active Male
Richard Franklin Boulware II Nevada 6/10/2014 African-American Active Male
Roger T. Benitez California (SD) 6/21/2004 Hispanic/Latino Active Male
Ronald S.W. Lew California (CD) 5/7/1987 Asian-American/
Pacific Islanders
Senior Status 9/19/06 Male
Rosemary Marquez Arizona 5/19/2014 Hispanic/Latino Active Female
S. James Otero California (CD) 2/12/2003 Hispanic/Latino Active Male
Salvador Mendoza, Jr. Washington (ED) 6/19/2014 Hispanic/Latino Active Male
Saundra Brown Armstrong California (ND) 6/18/1991 African-American Senior Status 3/23/12 Female
Steven P. Logan Arizona 5/16/2014 African-American Active Male
Susan Oki Mollway*** Hawaii 6/23/1998 Asian-American/
Pacific Islanders
Active Female
Terry Hatter, Jr.  California (CD) 12/20/1979 African-American Senior Status 4/22/05 Male
Thelton E. Henderson California (ND) 6/30/1980 African-American Senior Status 11/28/98 Male
Troy L. Nunley California (ED) 3/26/2013 African-American Active Male
Vince Chhabria California (ND) 3/7/2014 Asian-American/
Pacific Islanders
Active Male
Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers California (ND) 11/21/2011 Hispanic/Latino Active Female


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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