Fifth Circuit

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The Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, which sits in New Orleans, Louisiana, presides over all appeals from federal district courts in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi.

Its active judges are (as of Sept. 15, 2007):

The Republican appointments have a 10-4 advantage among active judges, who are the only ones allowed to vote for a rehearing en banc. Three seats are vacant.

The judges having senior status on the Fifth Circuit participate in panel decisions but may not participate in the voting or hearing of a decision en banc. The senior judges are (as of Sept. 15, 2007):