United States Federal and District of Columbia Circuit

The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the Distict of Columbia Circuit are federal courts with appellate jurisdiction over the district courts in Washington, DC:

Federal/DC Circuit  

District of Columbia





Supreme Court of the United States

The Supreme Court consists of the Chief Justice of the United States and eight associate justices. At its discretion, and within certain guidelines established by Congress, the Supreme Court each year hears a limited number of the cases it is asked to decide. Those cases may begin in the federal or state courts and usually involve important questions about the Constitution or federal law.

Judge Court Commission Race / Ethnicity Status Gender
Clarence Thomas Supreme Court 10/18/1991 African-American Active Male
Sonia Sotomayor Supreme Court 8/6/2009 Hispanic/Latino Active Female

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
Jimmie V. Reyna Federal Circuit 4/5/2011 Hispanic/Latino Active Male
Kara Farnandez Stoll Federal Circuit 7/8/2015 Hispanic/Latino Active Female
Raymond T. Chen Federal Circuit 8/2/2013 Asian-American/ Pacific Islanders Active Male

Judge Court Commission Race / Ethnicity Status Gender
Harry Edwards DC Circuit 2/20/1980 African-American Senior Status 11/3/05 Male
Janice Rogers Brown DC Circuit 6/10/2005 African-American Active Female
Judith W. Rogers DC Circuit 3/11/1994 African-American Active Female
Robert L. Wilkins DC Circuit 1/15/2014 African-American Active Male
Sri Srinivasan DC Circuit 5/24/2013 Asian-American/ Pacific Islanders 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
Amit Priyavadan Mehta District of Columbia 12/19/2014 Asian-American/ Pacific Islanders Active Male
Christopher R. Cooper District of Columbia 3/28/2014 African-American Active Male
Emmet Sullivan District of Columbia 6/16/1994 African-American Active Male
Henry Kennedy District of Columbia 9/18/1997 African-American Senior Status 11/18/11 Male
Ketanji Brown Jackson District of Columbia 3/26/2013 African-American Active Female
Reggie B. Walton District of Columbia 9/24/2001 African-American Active Male
Richard W. Roberts*** District of Columbia 6/23/1998 African-American Active Male
Rudolph Contreras District of Columbia 3/23/2012 Hispanic/Latino Active Male
Tanya S. Chutkan District of Columbia 6/5/2014 African-American 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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United States Circuit Courts

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