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United States Third Circuit

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

Virgin Islands
New Jersey Pennsylvania

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
Joseph A. Greenaway, Jr.Third Circuit2/12/2010African-AmericanActiveMale
Julio M.FuentesThird Circuit3/9/2000Hispanic/LatinoSenior Status
Luis Felipe Restrepo
Third Circuit1/13/2016Hispanic/LatinoActiveMale
Theodore McKee***Third Circuit6/9/1994African-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
Anne E. ThompsonNew Jersey11/2/1979African-AmericanSenior Status 6/01/01Female
C. Darnell Jones IIPennsylvania (ED)10/30/2008African-AmericanActiveMale
Cathy BissoonPennsylvania (WD)10/19/2011Asian-American/Pacific Islanders
& Hispanic/Latino
Eduardo C. RobrenoPennsylvania (ED)6/30/1992Hispanic/LatinoSenior Status 8/31/13Male
Esther SalasNew Jersey6/14/2011Hispanic/LatinoActiveFemale
Gregory M. SleetDelaware4/30/1998African-AmericanSenior Status 5/1/17Male
J. Curtis JoynerPennsylvania (ED)4/13/1992African-AmericanSenior Status 5/1/13Male
John Michael Vasquez
New Jersey 1/29/2016
Jose L. LinaresNew Jersey 12/3/2002Hispanic/LatinoActiveMale
Joseph H. RodriguezNew Jersey5/10/1985Hispanic/LatinoSenior Status 5/22/98Male
Juan Ramon SanchezPennsylvania (ED)6/24/2004Hispanic/LatinoActiveMale
Legrome D. DavisPennsylvania (ED)4/23/2002African-AmericanSenior Status 9/28/17Male
Michael ShippNew Jersey7/26/2012African-AmericanActiveMale
Nitza I. Quinones Alejandro ±Pennsylvania (ED)6/19/2013Hispanic/LatinoActiveFemale
Petrese B. TuckerPennsylvania (ED)6/1/2000African-AmericanActiveFemale
Susan D. WigentonNew Jersey6/12/2006African-AmericanActiveFemale
Wendy BeetlestonePennsylvania (ED)11/21/2014African-American/WhiteActiveFemale
Williams WallsNew Jersey10/11/1994African-AmericanSenior Status 1/31/05Male


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.


& Pacific Islander


Native American



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