United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

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United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
(5th Cir.)
Seal of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.svg
5th Circuit map.svg
LocationJohn Minor Wisdom U.S. Court of Appeals Building
Appeals from
EstablishedJune 16, 1891
Judges17
Circuit JusticeSamuel Alito
Chief JudgeCarl E. Stewart
www.ca5.uscourts.gov

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit is one of the 13 appeals courts in the United States's federal court system. In case citations, the Court's name is abbreviated "5th Cir."

The 5th Circuit[change | change source]

The Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit is the appeals court that has jurisdiction, or legal power, to review cases decided by less powerful courts in the 5th Circuit. These less powerful courts are called United States district courts. They are federal trial courts. If someone wants to appeal a decision that one of these courts made, they would have to appeal to the Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit.[1]

These are the United States District Courts that are located in the 5th Circuit:[1]

The Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit handles appeals from every one of these District Courts.[2]

The Court[change | change source]

The Court has 17 judges.[3] The main court building is located in the John Minor Wisdom United States Court of Appeals Building in New Orleans, Louisiana. The court clerk's office is at the Felix Edward Hébert Federal Building in New Orleans.[2]

The Court met for the first time on June 16, 1891, in the Customs House in New Orleans.[3]

Famous decisions[change | change source]

The Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit decided a landmark case called Gates v. Collier, which stopped the severe physical abuse of prisoners by "trustys" at Mississippi State Penitentiary (then called Parchman).[4]

Related pages[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "U.S. District and Bankruptcy Courts". United States Courts. Administrative Office of the United States Courts, Federal Judiciary. Retrieved March 29, 2016.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Practitioners' Guide to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit" (PDF). United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. October 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 13, 2011. Retrieved March 30, 2016.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit – Brief History". United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Retrieved March 30, 2016.
  4. Gates v. Collier, 501 F.2d 1291 (5th Cir. 1974).