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United States Fourth Circuit

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit is a federal court with appellate jurisdiction over the district courts in the following states and territories:

Maryland
Virginia
North Carolina  South Carolina

Court of Appeals

The 94 U.S. judicial districts are organized into 12 regional circuits, each of which has a United States Court of Appeals. This court hears appeals from the district courts located within its circuit and appeals from decisions of federal administrative agencies. In addition, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has nationwide jurisdiction to hear appeals in specialized cases, such as those involving patent laws and cases decided by the Court of International Trade and the Court of Federal Claims.

 

JudgeCourtCommissionRace / EthnicityStatusGender
Albert DiazFourth Circuit12/22/2010Hispanic/LatinoActiveMale
Allyson K. DuncanFourth Circuit8/15/2003African-AmericanActiveFemale
Andre M. DavisFourth Circuit11/10/2009African-AmericanTerminated/Retired
8/31/17
Male
James A. Wynn Jr.Fourth Circuit8/10/2010African-AmericanActiveMale
Roger L. GregoryFourth Circuit7/25/2001African-AmericanActiveMale

District Courts

The United States District Courts are the trial courts of the federal court system. Within limits set by Congress and the Constitution, the District Courts have jurisdiction to hear nearly all categories of federal cases, including both civil and criminal matters.

There are 94 federal district courts, including at least one district court in each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Three territories of the United States—the Virgin Islands, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands—have District Courts that hear federal cases, including bankruptcy cases.

 

JudgeCourtCommissionRace / EthnicityStatusGender
Arenda L. Wright AllenVirginia (ED)5/12/2011African-AmericanActiveFemale
George J. HazelMaryland5/2/2014African-AmericanActiveMale
George Levi Russell, IIIMaryland5/22/2012African-AmericanActiveMale
Gerald Bruce LeeVirginia (ED)10/1/1998African-AmericanTerminated/Retired
9/30/17
Male
Irene C. BergerWest Virginia (SD)11/9/2009African-AmericanActiveFemale
J. Michelle ChildsSouth Carolina8/20/2010African-AmericanActiveFemale
James A. Beaty, Jr.N. Carolina (MD)10/11/1994African-AmericanSenior Status
6/30/14
Male
James R. SpencerVirginia (ED)10/14/1986African-AmericanTerminated/Retired
6/2/17
Male
Loretta Copeland BiggsNorth Carolina (MD)12/19/2014African-AmericanActiveFemale
Margaret B. SeymourSouth Carolina10/22/1998African-AmericanSenior Status
1/16/13
Female
Raymond JacksonVirginia (ED)11/22/1993African-AmericanActiveMale
Theodore D. ChuangMaryland5/2/2014Asian-American/Pacific IslanderActiveMale
William D. Quarles, Jr.Maryland3/14/2003African-AmericanTerminated/Retired
2/1/16
Male

Legend

CD - Central DistrictED - Eastern DistrictMD - Middle DistrictND - Northern DistrictSD - Southern District
WD - Western District± LGBT*** Current Chief Judge
Data is based on information collected through July 31, 2017.

Active Article III Judges

Click below to view a complete list of Article III judges based on race, ethnicity or find out which president appointed them.
 


African-American

Asian-American
& Pacific Islander

Hispanic/Latino
 

Native American

LGBT

Presidential
Appointment

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