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United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh 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.


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]

Seventh Circuit Location

The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit is one of eleven circuits of Federal Courts with Appellate Jurisdiction. The Seventh Circuit court is located at the Dirksen Federal Building in Chicago, Illinois.[2]

Seventh Circuit Jurisdiction

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

  • Central District of Illinois
  • Northern District of Illinois
  • Southern District of Illinois
  • Northern District of Indiana
  • Southern District of Indiana
  • Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • Western District of Wisconsin

Seventh Circuit Judge

There are 10 active and 6 senior judges that preside over the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. The current Judges are:[4] 

Chief Judge: Hon. Frank H. Easterbrook

Active Circuit Judges:

  • Hon. Richard Posner
  • Hon. Joel Martin Flaum
  • Hon. Michael Stephen Kanne
  • Hon. Ilana Rovner
  • Hon. Diane Pamela Wood
  • Hon. Ann Claire Williams
  • Hon. Diane S. Sykes
  • Hon. John Daniel Tinder
  • Hon. David F. Hamilton

Senior Circuit Judges:

  • Hon. William Joseph Bauer
  • Hon. Richard Dickson Cudahy
  • Hon. John Louis Coffey
  • Hon. Kenneth Francis Ripple
  • Hon. Daniel Anthony Manion
  • Hon. Terence T. Evans

Seventh Circuit Clerk's Office

U.S. Court of Appeals[5]
Room 2722
219 S. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60604


  1. http://www.fjc.gov/history/home.nsf/page/courts_coa_circuit_06.html
  2. http://www.ca7.uscourts.gov/
  3. http://www.ca7.uscourts.gov/
  4. http://www.ca7.uscourts.gov/contact.htm
  5. http://www.ca7.uscourts.gov/contact.htm


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