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United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

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The Eleven Circuits of the United States Court of Appeals were authorized by Congress and Article III of the US Constitution. The judges that serve on the bench are nominated by the President of the United States, and confirmed by the United States Senate. The judges serve a lifetime tenure.

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Why the Courts were Established

The U.S. Courts of Appeals were the first Federal Courts designed exclusively to hear cases on appeal from trial courts. In an effort to relieve the caseload burden in the Supreme Court and to handle a dramatic increase in federal filings, Congress, in the Judiciary Act of 1891, established eleven courts of appeals, one for each judicial circuit.[1]

Third Circuit Location

The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit is one of eleven circuits of Federal Courts with Appellate Jurisdiction. The Third Circuit court is located at the James A. Byrne Courthouse in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1917, Congress assigned the Virgin Islands to the Third Circuit and provided for appeals from the courts of the territory to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit because it is a territorial court and belongs to no federal judicial district.[2]

Third Circuit Jurisdiction

The Third Circuit has jurisdiction over the following districts:[3]

  • District of Delaware
  • District of New Jersey
  • Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • Western District of Pennsylvania

Third Circuit Judges

There are 14 active and 9 senior judges that preside over the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. The current Judges are:[4]

Chief Judge:

  • Hon. THEODORE A. McKEE

Active Circuit Judges:

  • Hon. DOLORES K. SLOVITER
  • Hon. ANTHONY J. SCIRICA
  • Hon. MARJORIE O. RENDELL
  • Hon. MARYANNE TRUMP BARRY
  • Hon. THOMAS L. AMBRO
  • Hon. JULIO M. FUENTES
  • Hon. D. BROOKS SMITH
  • Hon. D. MICHAEL FISHER
  • Hon. MICHAEL A. CHAGARES
  • Hon. KENT A. JORDAN
  • Hon. THOMAS M. HARDIMAN
  • Hon. JOSEPH A. GREENAWAY
  • Hon. THOMAS I. VANASKIE

Senior Circuit Judges:

  • Hon. RUGGERO J. ALDISERT
  • Hon. JOSEPH F. WEIS, Jr.
  • Hon. LEONARD I. GARTH
  • Hon. WALTER K. STAPLETON
  • Hon. MORTON I. GREENBERG
  • Hon. ROBERT E. COWEN
  • Hon. RICHARD L. NYGAARD
  • Hon. JANE R. ROTH
  • Hon. FRANKLIN S. VAN ANTWERPEN

Third Circuit Clerk's Office

The clerk of the court is Marcia M. Waldron.[5]

The clerk's office is located at: 21400 U.S. Courthouse 601 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19106-1790.

References

  1. http://www.fjc.gov/history/home.nsf/page/courts_coa_circuit_01.html
  2. http://www.fjc.gov/history/home.nsf/page/courts_coa_circuit_03.html
  3. http://www.ca3.uscourts.gov/default.htm
  4. http://www.ca3.uscourts.gov/attorney_information_and_forms.htm
  5. http://www.ca3.uscourts.gov/clerksoffice.htm




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