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United States Court of Appeals for the First 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]

First Circuit Location

The United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit is one of eleven circuits of Federal Courts with Appellate Jurisdiction. The First Circuit court is located at the John Joseph Moakley U.S. Courthouse in Boston, Massachusetts. The majority of the time the court sits in Boston becasue the extent of legal issues and news topics are at the heart of New England, but two weeks each year the court sits in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. [2]

First Circuit Jurisdiction

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

  • District of Maine
  • District of Massachusetts
  • District of New Hampshire
  • District of Puerto Rico
  • District of Rhode Island

First Circuit Judges

There are nine judges that preside over the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. The current Judges are:[4]

Chief Judge:

  • Hon. Sandra L. Lynch (Boston, Massachusetts)

Circuit Judges:

  • Hon. Juan R. Torruella (San Juan, Puerto Rico)
  • Hon. Michael Boudin (Boston, Massachusetts)
  • Hon. Kermit V. Lipez (Portland, Maine)
  • Hon. Jeffrey R. Howard (Concord, New Hampshire)
  • Hon. Thompson O. Rogeriee (Providence, Rhode Island)

Sr. Circuit Judges:

  • Hon. Levin H. Campbell (Boston, Massachusetts)
  • Hon. Bruce M. Selya (Providence, Rhode Island)
  • Hon. Norman H. Stahl (Boston, Massachusetts)

First Circuit Clerk's Office

The clerk of the court is Margaret Carter. The clerk's office is located at:

  • Boston, Massachussets: John Joseph Moakley U.S. Courthouse 1 Courthouse Way, Suite 2500 Boston, MA 02210.
  • Old San Juan, Puerto Rico: José V. Toledo U.S. Post Office Courthouse 300 Recinto Sur Street, 5th Floor San Juan, Puerto Rico 0090.[5]


  1. http://www.fjc.gov/history/home.nsf/page/courts_coa_circuit_01.html
  2. http://www.ca1.uscourts.gov/
  3. http://www.ca1.uscourts.gov/?content=news.htm
  4. http://www.ca1.uscourts.gov/?content=judges.htm
  5. http://www.ca1.uscourts.gov/?content=clerksoffice.htm

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