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United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth 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]

Eighth Circuit Location

The United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit is one of eleven circuits of Federal Courts with Appellate Jurisdiction. The Eighth Circuit court is located at the Thomas F. Eagleton United States Courthouse in St. Louis, Missouri.[2]

Eighth Circuit Jurisdiction

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

  • Eastern District of Arkansas
  • Western District of Arkansas
  • Northern District of Iowa
  • Southern District of Iowa
  • District of Minnesota
  • Eastern District of Missouri
  • Western District of Missouri
  • District of Nebraska
  • District of North Dakota
  • District of South Dakota

Eighth Circuit Judges

There are 11 active and 5 senior judges that preside over the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. The current Judges are:[4]

Chief Judge: Hon. William J. Riley

Active Circuit Judges:

  • Hon. Roger Leland Wollman
  • Hon. James B. Loken
  • Hon. Diana E. Murphy
  • Hon. Kermit Edward Bye
  • Hon. Michael Joseph Melloy
  • Hon. Lavenski R.Smith
  • Hon. Steven M. Colloton
  • Hon. Raymond W. Gruender
  • Hon. William Duane Benton
  • Hon. Bobby E. Shepherd

Senior Circuit Judges:

  • Hon. Myron H. Bright
  • Hon. Pasco Bowman II
  • Hon. C. Arlen Beam
  • Hon. David R. Hansen
  • Hon. Morris Sheppard Arnold

Eighth Circuit Clerk's Office

Current Clerk of the Court: Michael E. Gans[5]
Thomas F. Eagleton Courthouse
Room 24.329
111 South 10th Street
St. Louis, MO 63102


  1. http://www.fjc.gov/history/home.nsf/page/courts_coa_circuit_06.html
  2. http://www.ca8.uscourts.gov/newcoa/contact.htm
  3. http://www.ca8.uscourts.gov/index.html
  4. http://www.ca8.uscourts.gov/newcoa/judge.htm
  5. http://www.ca8.uscourts.gov/newcoa/contact.htm


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