United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

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The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit is a federal court with appellate jurisdiction over the following United States District Courts:

The court is based at the U.S. Courthouse in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Current composition of the court

As of Michael Chertoff's resignation on February 15, 2005, the judges on the court are:

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TitleNameDuty StationBornTerm of Active ServiceTerm of Service as ChiefTerm of Senior ServiceAppointed by
Chief JudgeAnthony Joseph SciricaPhiladelphia, PA1940 1987 – present2003 – presentReagan
Circuit JudgeDolores Korman SloviterPhiladelphia, PA19321979 – present1991 – 1998Carter
Circuit JudgeRichard Lowell NygaardErie, PA19401988 – presentReagan
Circuit JudgeVacant.
Circuit JudgeJane Richards RothWilmington, DE19351991 – presentG.H.W. Bush
Circuit JudgeTheodore Alexander McKeePhiladelphia, PA19471994 – presentClinton
Circuit JudgeMarjorie O. RendellPhiladelphia, PA19471997 – presentClinton
Circuit JudgeMaryanne Trump BarryNewark, NJ19371999 – presentClinton
Circuit JudgeThomas L. AmbroWilmington, DE19492000 – presentClinton
Circuit JudgeJulio M. FuentesNewark, NJ19462000 – presentClinton
Circuit JudgeD. Brooks SmithDuncansville, PA19512002 – presentG.W. Bush
Circuit JudgeD. Michael FisherPittsburgh, PA19442003 – presentG.W. Bush
Circuit JudgeFranklin Stuart Van AntwerpenEaston, PA19412004 – presentG.W. Bush
Circuit Judge(vacant - seat 7)(n/a)(n/a)(n/a)(n/a)(n/a)(n/a)

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Succession of seats

The court has fourteen seats for active judges, numbered in order of their creation. If seats were established simultaneously, they are numbered in the order in which they were filled. Judges who retire into senior status remain on the bench but leave their seat vacant. That seat is filled by the next circuit judge appointed by the President.


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