United States 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 states and Puerto Rico:

1st Circuit Maine
Puerto Rico
Rhode Island
New Hampshire

Court of Appeals

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.


Juan R. Torruella First Circuit10/4/1984Hispanic/LatinxActiveMale
O. Rogeriee ThompsonFirst Circuit3/30/2010African-AmericanActiveFemale

District Courts

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.


JudgeCourtCommissionRace / EthnicityStatusGender
Aida M. Delgado-ColonPuerto Rico03/17/2006Hispanic/LatinxActiveFemale
Carmen Consuelo CerezoPuerto Rico06/30/1980Hispanic/LatinxActiveFemale
Daniel R. DominguezPuerto Rico09/29/1994Hispanic/LatinxSenior Status
Denise Jefferson CasperMassachusetts12/20/2010African-AmericanActiveFemale
Francisco Augusto BesosaPuerto Rico09/27/2006Hispanic/LatinxActiveMale
Gustavo Antonio Gelpi Jr.***Puerto Rico08/01/2006Hispanic/LatinxActiveMale
Hector Manuel LaffittePuerto Rico7/27/1983Hispanic/LatinxTerminated/Retired 2/16/07Female
Indira TalwaniMassachusetts05/12/2014Asian-American/Pacific IslandersActiveFemale
Jay A. Garcia-GregoryPuerto Rico07/11/2000Hispanic/LatinxSenior Status
Jose Antonio FustePuerto Rico10/28/1985Hispanic/LatinxTerminated/Retired 6/16/16Male
Juan Manuel Perez-GimenezPuerto Rico12/06/1979Hispanic/LatinxSenior Status
Pedro A. Delgado HernandezPuerto Rico03/07/2014Hispanic/LatinxActiveMale
Raul Manuel Arias-MarxauchPuerto Rico05/13/2019Hispanic/LatinxActiveMale
Salvador E. CasellasPuerto Rico09/29/1994Hispanic/LatinxTerminated/Death


CD - Central DistrictED - Eastern DistrictMD - Middle DistrictND - Northern DistrictSD - Southern District
WD - Western District± LGBTQ+*** Current Chief Judge

Data is based on information collected through May 7, 2020.

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.


& Pacific Islander


Native American



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