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United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth 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]

Fifth Circuit Location

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit is one of eleven circuits of Federal Courts with Appellate Jurisdiction.  The Fifth Circuit court is located at the F. Edward Hebért Federal Building in New Orleans, Louisiana.[2]

Fifth Circuit Jurisdiction

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

  • Eastern District of Louisiana
  • Middle District of Louisiana
  • Western District of Louisiana
  • Northern District of Mississippi
  • Southern District of Mississippi
  • Eastern District of Texas
  • Northern District of Texas
  • Southern District of Texas
  • Western District of Texas

Fifth Circuit Judges

There are 15 active and 7 senior judges that preside over the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifith Circuit. The current Judges are:[4]

Chief Judge:   Hon. Edith H. Jones

Active Circuit Judges: 

  • Hon. Carolyn Dineen King
  • Hon. E. Grady Jolly
  • Hon. W. Eugene Davis
  • Hon. Jerry Edwin Smith
  • Hon. Emilio M. Garza
  • Hon. Fortunato Benavides
  • Hon. Carl E. Stewart
  • Hon. James L. Dennis
  • Hon. Edith Brown Clement
  • Hon. Edward C. Prado
  • Hon. Priscilla Owen
  • Hon. James E. Graves, Jr
  • Hon. Leslie H. Southwick
  • Hon. Catharina Haynes
  • Hon. Jennifer Walker Elrod

Senior Circuit Judges:

  • Hon. Thomas Morrow Reavley
  • Hon. William Lockhart Garwood
  • Hon. Patrick Higginbotham
  • Hon. John Malcolm Duhé, Jr
  • Hon. Rhesa Hawkins Barksdale
  • Hon. Jacques L. Wiener, Jr.
  • Harold R. DeMoss, Jr.

Fifth Circuit Clerk's Office

Current Clerk: Lyle W. Cayce
Current Chief Deputy Clerk: Thomas Plunkett

Location: 600 S. Maestri Place New Orleans, LA 70130-3408[5]


  1. http://www.fjc.gov/history/home.nsf/page/courts_coa_circuit_01.html
  2. http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/default.aspx
  3. http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/default.aspx
  4. http://www.fjc.gov/servlet/nGetCourt?cid=18&order=c&ctype=ac&instate=05
  5. http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/default.aspx


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