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United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth 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]

Sixth Circuit Location

The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is one of eleven circuits of Federal Courts with Appellate Jurisdiction. The Sixth Circuit court is located at the Potter Stewart U.S. Courthouse in Cincinnati, Ohio.[2]

Sixth Circuit Jurisdiction

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

  • Eastern District of Kentucky
  • Western District of Kentucky
  • Eastern District of Michigan
  • Western District of Michigan
  • Northern District of Ohio
  • Southern District of Ohio
  • Eastern District of Tennessee
  • Middle District of Tennessee
  • Western District of Tennessee

Sixth Circuit Judge

There are 15 active and 9 senior judges that preside over the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. The current Judges are:[4]

Chief Judge: Hon. Alice M. Batchelder

Active Circuit Judges:

  • Hon. Boyce F. Martin, Jr.
  • Hon. Danny J. Boggs
  • Hon. Karen Nelson Moore
  • Hon. R. Guy Cole, Jr.
  • Hon. Eric L. Clay
  • Hon. Julia Smith Gibbons
  • Hon. John M. Rogers
  • Hon. Jeffrey S. Sutton
  • Hon. Deborah L. Cook
  • Hon. David W. McKeague
  • Hon. Richard Allen Griffin
  • Hon. Raymond M. Kethledge
  • Hon. Helene N. White
  • Hon. Jane Branstetter Stranch

Senior Circuit Judges:

  • Hon. Ronald Lee Gilman
  • Hon. Alan E. Norris
  • Hon. Richard F. Suhrheinrich
  • Hon. Eugene E. Siler, Jr.
  • Hon. Martha Craig Daughtrey
  • Hon. Ralph B. Guy, Jr.
  • Hon. Damon J. Keith
  • Hon. Gilbert S. Merritt
  • Hon. Cornelia G. Kennedy

Sixth Circuit Clerk's Office

  • Clerk: Leonard Green
  • Chief Deputy Clerk: Janice Yates
  • Location: 100 E. Fifth Street Cincinnati, Ohio 45202-3988[5]


  1. http://www.fjc.gov/history/home.nsf/page/courts_coa_circuit_06.html
  2. http://www.ca6.uscourts.gov/internet/index.htm
  3. http://www.ca6.uscourts.gov/internet/index.htm
  4. http://www.ca6.uscourts.gov/internet/court_of_appeals/courtappeals_judges.htm
  5. http://www.ca6.uscourts.gov/internet/clerks_office/clerksoffice.htm


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