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United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh 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]

Eleventh Circuit Location

The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit is one of eleven circuits of Federal Courts with Appellate Jurisdiction. The Eleventh Circuit court is located at the Elbert P. Tuttle U.S. Court of Appeals Building in Atlanta, Georgia.[2]

Eleventh Circuit Jurisdiction

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

  • Middle District of Alabama
  • Northern District of Alabama
  • Southern District of Alabama
  • Middle District of Florida
  • Northern District of Florida
  • Southern District of Florida
  • Middle District of Georgia
  • Northern District of Georgia
  • Southern District of Georgia

Eleventh Circuit Judges

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

Chief Judge: Hon. Joel Fredrick Dubina

Active Circuit Judges:

  • Hon. Gerald Bard Tjoflat
  • Hon. J.L. (James Larry) Edmondson
  • Hon. Edward Earl Carnes
  • Hon. Rosemary Barkett
  • Hon. Frank M. Hull
  • Hon. Stanley Marcus
  • Hon. Charles R. Wilson
  • Hon. William H. Pryor, Jr.
  • Hon. Beverly B. Martin

Senior Circuit Judges:

  • Hon. James Clinkscales Hill
  • Hon. Peter Thorp Fay
  • Hon. Phyllis A. Kravitch
  • Hon. R. Lanier Anderson III
  • Hon. Emmett Ripley Cox
  • Hon. Susan Harrell Black

Eleventh Circuit Clerk's Office

Current Clerk of Court: John Ley

Location: U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit 56 Forsyth St. N.W. Atlanta, Georgia 30303[5]


  1. http://www.fjc.gov/history/home.nsf/page/courts_coa_circuit_09.html
  2. http://www.ca11.uscourts.gov/about/index.php
  3. http://www.ca11.uscourts.gov/about/index.php
  4. http://www.fjc.gov/servlet/nGetCourt?cid=16&order=c&ctype=ac&instate=11
  5. http://www.ca11.uscourts.gov/offices/clerk.php


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