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United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth 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]

Tenth Circuit Location

The United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit is one of eleven circuits of Federal Courts with Appellate Jurisdiction. The Tenth Circuit court is located at the Byron White U.S. Courthouse in Denver, Colorado.[2]

Tenth Circuit Jurisdiction

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

  • District of Colorado
  • District of Kansas
  • District of New Mexico
  • Eastern District of Oklahoma
  • Northern District of Oklahoma
  • Western District of Oklahoma
  • District of Utah
  • District of Wyoming

Tenth Circuit Judges

There are 10 active and 11 senior judges that preside over the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. The current Judges are:[4]

Chief Judge: Hon. Mary Beck Briscoe

Active Circuit Judges:

  • Hon. Paul Joseph Kelly, Jr.
  • Hon. Carlos F. Lucero
  • Hon. Michael R. Murphy
  • Hon. Harris L. Hartz
  • Hon. Terrence L. O'Brien
  • Hon. Timothy M. Tymkovich
  • Hon. Neil M. Gorsuch
  • Hon. Jerome A. Holmes
  • Hon. Scott Matheson, Jr

Senior Circuit Judges:

  • Hon. William Judson Holloway, Jr.
  • Hon. Robert Hugh McWilliams, Jr.
  • Hon. James Emmett Barrett
  • Hon. Hon. Monroe G. McKay
  • Hon. Stephanie Kulp Seymour
  • Hon. John Carbone Porfilio
  • Hon. Stephen Hale Anderson
  • Hon. Deanell Reece Tacha
  • Hon. Bobby Ray Baldock
  • Hon. Wade Brorby
  • Hon. David M. Ebel

Tenth Circuit Clerk's Office

Location: Byron White U.S. Courthouse 1823 Stout Street Denver, CO 80257.[5]


  1. http://www.fjc.gov/history/home.nsf/page/courts_coa_circuit_09.html
  2. http://www.ca10.uscourts.gov/generalinfo.php
  3. http://www.ca10.uscourts.gov/generalinfo.php
  4. http://www.ca10.uscourts.gov/chambers/index.php
  5. http://www.ca10.uscourts.gov/clerk/index.php


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