The United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit (in case citations, 1st Cir.) is a federal court with appellate jurisdiction over the district courts in the following districts: * District of Maine * District of Massachusetts * District of New Hampshire * District of Puerto Rico * District of Rhode Island The court is based at the John Joseph Moakley Federal Courthouse in Boston, Massachusetts. Most sittings are held in Boston, where the court usually sits for one week most months of the year; in one of July or August, it takes a summer break and does not sit. The First Circuit also sits for one week each March and November at the Jose V. Toledo Federal Building and United States Courthouse in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, and occasionally sits at other locations within the circuit. With six active judges and four active senior judges, the First Circuit is the smallest of the thirteen United States courts of appeals. Since retiring from the United States Supreme Court, Associate Justice David Souter regularly sits on the First Circuit by designation.

Current composition of the court


Vacancies and pending nominations

List of former judges

Chief judges

Succession of seats

Notable decisions

*''West v. Randall'' (1820), one of the first decisions setting precedent for class action suits

See also

* Courts of the United States * Judicial appointment history for United States federal courts#First Circuit * List of current United States Circuit Judges * List of United States federal courthouses in the First Circuit


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External links

United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

Recent opinions from Findlaw

First Circuit Court Records Finder
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