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Tracking the Integration of the Federal Judiciary

The Report on the Integration of the Federal Judiciary provides an in-depth listing of minority judges who serve in Article III courts.  Currently, there are 1,350 active and senior status judges, of which only 271 are judges of color, of which four identify as bi-racial.  There are two Native Americans, 149 African-Americans, 96 Hispanic/Latinos, 29 Asian-Americans and Pacific Islander serving in Article III judgeships.† Judges who identify with more than one racial or ethnic group are counted in these groups.  There are also 11 active Article III judges who are openly LGBT.

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Supreme Court

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American
Asian-American & Pacific Islander Hispanic/Latino Native
American
Caucasian

The Supreme Court consists of the Chief Justice of the United States and eight associate justices. At its discretion, and within certain guidelines established by Congress, the Supreme Court each year hears a limited number of the cases it is asked to decide. Those cases may begin in the federal or state courts and usually involve important questions about the Constitution or federal law.

Court of Appeals

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American
Asian-American & Pacific Islander Hispanic/Latino Native
American
Caucasian

The 94 U.S. judicial districts are organized into 12 regional circuits, each of which has a United States Court of Appeals. This court hears appeals from the district courts located within its circuit and appeals from decisions of federal administrative agencies. In addition, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has nationwide jurisdiction to hear appeals in specialized cases, such as those involving patent laws and cases decided by the Court of International Trade and the Court of Federal Claims.

District Courts

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American
Asian-American & Pacific Islander Hispanic/Latino Native
American*
Caucasian

The United States District Courts are the trial courts of the federal court system. Within limits set by Congress and the Constitution, the District Courts have jurisdiction to hear nearly all categories of federal cases, including both civil and criminal matters.

There are 94 federal district courts, including at least one district court in each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Three territories of the United States—the Virgin Islands, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands—have District Courts that hear federal cases, including bankruptcy cases.

* 0.2% - Native Americans
† Number reflects judges that identify as part of more than one racial or ethnic group.

Methodology

Information about judicial appointments is collected from information made publically available by the Administrative Office of the United States Courts, the Federal Judicial Center, and the United States Committee on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Information for the 2015 Report on the Integration of the Federal Judiciary was collected through July 31, 2015. To learn more about the federal court system you can go to: www.fjc.gov.

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MCCA, in partnership with Just the Beginning - A Pipeline Organization, tracks and annually publishes the Report on the Integration of the Federal Judiciary.

United States Circuit Courts

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Second Circuit Eighth Circuit
Third Circuit Ninth Circuit
Fourth Circuit Tenth Circuit
Fifth Circuit Eleventh Circuit
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Active Article III Judges

Click below to view a complete list of Article III judges based on race, ethnicity or find out which president appointed them.


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Asian-American
& Pacific Islander

Hispanic/Latino
Native Americans
Native American

LGBT
President Barack Obama
United States
Presidents

 

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