United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

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Eleventh Circuit
Court of Appeals
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Judges: 10
Posts: 12
Vacancies: 2
Active judges
Chief: Edward Carnes
Senior Judges
Former Judges
Key:
(Numbers indicate % of seats vacant.)
0%0%-10%
10%-25%25%-40%
More than 40%

The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, sometimes referred to simply as the Eleventh Circuit, is one of the thirteen federal appellate courts. The court was established in 1981 and has twelve posts. The court is located at the Elbert P. Tuttle U.S. Court of Appeals Building in Atlanta.

Vacancy warning level

Currently the vacancy warning level for the Eleventh Circuit is set at yellow. The court currently has three vacancies out of its 12 total seats, constituting 25% of the total seats.

Pending nominations

JudgeConfirmationBachelorsLaw
Jill PryorCollege of William & Mary, 1985Yale Law, 1988


Active judges

Article III judges

JudgeBornHomeAppointed byActiveChiefPreceededBachelorsLaw
Judge Adalberto Jordan1961Havana, CubaObama 2/15/2012-PresentSusan BlackUniversity of Miami, 1984University of Miami, 1987
Judge Stanley Marcus1946New York, NYClinton 11/12/1997-PresentPeter FayQueens College CUNY, 1967Harvard Law, 1971
Judge Beverly Martin1955Macon, GAObama 1/20/2010 - PresentRobert Lanier AndersonStetson U., B.A., 1976University of Georgia Law, J.D., 198
Judge Julie Carnes1950Atlanta, GeorgiaObama 7/21/2014-PresentJames L. EdmondsonUniversity of Georgia, 1972University of Georgia Law, 1975
Judge Gerald Tjoflat1929Pittsburgh, PAFord 10/1/1981 - Present1989-1996New Seat|94 Stat. 1994Duke Law, 1957
Judge Frank Hull1948Augusta, GAClinton 9/18/1997 - PresentPhyllis KravitchRandolph-Macon Woman's College, B.A., 1970Emory U. Law, J.D., 1973
Judge Charles Wilson1954Pensacola, FLClinton 8/9/1999 - PresentJoseph HatchettNotre Dame, B.A., 1976Notre Dame Law, J.D., 1979
Judge William Pryor1962Mobile, ALW. Bush 6/10/2005 - PresentEmmett CoxNortheast Louisiana U., B.A., 1984Tulane Law, J.D., 1987
Chief Judge Edward Carnes1950Albertville, ALH.W. Bush 9/10/1992 - PresentFrank Johnson, Jr.University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, B.S., 1972Harvard Law, J.D., 1975
Judge Robin Rosenbaum1966Boca Raton, FloridaObama 5/12/2014-PresentCoe College, B.A., 1970Suffolk U. Law, J.D., 1973

Senior judges

JudgeAppointed byActiveChiefSeniorBachelorsLaw
Senior Judge Peter FayFord 10/1/1981 - 1/19/19941/19/1994 - PresentRollins College '51University of Florida Law '56
Senior Judge Robert Lanier AndersonCarter 10/1/1981 - 1/31/20091999-20021/31/2009 - PresentYale College '58Harvard Law '61
Senior Judge Phyllis KravitchCarter 10/1/1981 - 12/31/199612/31/1996 - PresentGoucher College '41University of Florida Law '43
Senior Judge James L. EdmondsonReagan 5/7/1986-7/15/20122002-20097/15/2012-PresentEmory University, 1968University of Georgia Law, 1971
Senior Judge Emmett CoxReagan 4/18/1988 - 12/18/200012/18/2000 - PresentUniversity of Alabama '57University of Alabama Law '59
Senior Judge Joel DubinaH.W. Bush 9/15/1986 - 10/26/20132009-201310/26/2013 - PresentUniversity of Alabama, B.S., 1970Samford U. Law, J.D., 1973
Senior Judge Susan BlackH.W. Bush 8/12/1992 - 2/25/20112/25/2011 - PresentFlorida State U. '64University of Florida Law '67
Senior Judge James HillReagan 10/11/1981 - 10/15/198910/15/1989 - PresentUniversity of Southern California '48Emory Law '48


Jurisdiction

United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh CircuitUnited States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh CircuitUnited States District Court for the Northern District of AlabamaUnited States District Court for the Northern District of GeorgiaUnited States District Court for the Southern District of AlabamaUnited States District Court for the Middle District of AlabamaUnited States District Court for the Middle District of GeorgiaUnited States District Court for the Southern District of GeorgiaUnited States District Court for the Northern District of FloridaUnited States District Court for the Middle District of FloridaUnited States District Court for the Southern District of FloridaUnited States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
Map of the Eleventh Circuit. Click on a district to find out more about it.


The Eleventh Circuit has appellate jurisdiction over cases heard in one of its subsidiary districts. These cases can include civil and criminal matters that fall under federal law. Appeals of rulings by the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals are petitioned to the Supreme Court of the United States. Justice Clarence Thomas is the Circuit Justice for the Eleventh Circuit.

The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has appellate jurisdiction over the district courts in the following districts:

Caseloads

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Federal Court Caseload Statistics*
YearStarting case load:Cases filed:Total cases:Cases terminated:Remaining casesTerminations on merits:Terminations on ProcedureCross Appeals:Total Terminations: Written decisions per Judge**
2013387563661024168673374396526582446867319
2012343369981043164833948366425642556483288
201134066233963961883451300630531296188225
201034656438990364983405314332141416498217
2009383469951082973663463346936362617366242
2008340773711077869313847306836911726931215
200735496361991065033407319531511576503220
2006369775391123676903546383936811707690273
*All statistics are taken from the Official Federal Courts' Website (for District Courts) and reflect the calendar year through September.    **This statistic reflects only judges that are active for the entire 12 month period.

Notable cases

For a search-able list of decisions from the Eleventh Circuit, please see:
Eleventh Circuit Searchable Opinions

History

Court history

The Eleventh Circuit was established on October 14, 1980, under 94 Stat. 1994 which broke the then Fifth Circuit up into the Fifth Circuit and the Eleventh Circuit. All of the judges who resided in the newly created Eleventh Circuit were transferred to the new appellate court. The court has had twelve judicial posts since its creation.[5]

The districts within the Eleventh Circuit were originally part of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. The Eleventh Circuit Act of 1980 was enacted by Congress and effective as of October 1, 1981. For this reason, Fifth Circuit decisions from before this split are considered binding precedent in the Eleventh Circuit.

Judicial posts

The following table highlights the development of judicial posts for the Eleventh Circuit:[6]

Year Statute Total Seats
October 14, 1980 94 Stat. 1994 12

Former judges

Former chief judges

In order to qualify for the office of chief judge in one of the federal courts, a judge must have been in active service on the court for at least one year, be under the age of 65, and have not previously served as chief judge. A vacancy in the office of chief judge is filled by the judge highest in seniority among the group of qualified judges. The chief judge serves for a term of seven years or until age 70, whichever occurs first. The age restrictions are waived if no members of the court would otherwise be qualified for the position. Unlike the Chief Justice of the United States, a chief judge returns to active service after the expiration of his or her term and does not create a vacancy on the bench by the fact of his or her promotion.[7][8]

Former judges

For more information on judges of the Eleventh Circuit, see former federal judges of the Eleventh Circuit.

Federal courthouse

The Eleventh Circuit is located at the Elbert P. Tuttle U.S. Court of Appeals Building in Atlanta. Ground was broken for the courthouse in 1907, and it was constructed to accommodate the federal services needed for the growing Atlanta population. The building was designed by Architect James Knox Taylor of the U.S. Treasury Department. The court occupied the building in 1981. The courthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.[9]

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