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United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

The United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit is a federal court with appellate jurisdiction over the district courts in the following districts:

The court is based at the John Joseph Moakley Federal Courthouse in Boston, Massachusetts. Most sittings are held in Boston, but the court sits for two weeks each year in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico and occasionally at other locations within the circuit.

With five active (six authorized) and four senior judges, the First Circuit is the smallest of the thirteen United States courts of appeals.

Despite its small size, the First Circuit has two alumni—David Souter and Stephen Breyer—who currently sit on the United States Supreme Court.

Current composition of the court

As of 2006, the judges on the court are:

Pending nominations

List of former judges

Chief judges

Succession of seats

See also



*Dargo, George (1993). A History of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit: Volume I, 1891–1960. Web
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** source for the duty stations
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** source for the state, lifetime, term of active judgeship, term of chief judgeship, term of senior judgeship, appointer, termination reason, and seat information

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