Published on: Tuesday, October 23, 2018

With the addition of Justice Kavanaugh to the Court, the United States Supreme Court released an Order last Friday updating the circuit assignments for each Justice:

For the District of Columbia Circuit, John G. Roberts, Jr., Chief Justice,

For the First Circuit, Stephen Breyer, Associate Justice,

For the Second Circuit, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice,

For the Third Circuit, Samuel A. Alito, Jr., Associate Justice,

For the Fourth Circuit, John G. Roberts, Jr., Chief Justice,

For the Fifth Circuit, Samuel A. Alito, Jr., Associate Justice,

For the Sixth Circuit, Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice,

For the Seventh Circuit, Brett M. Kavanaugh, Associate Justice,

For the Eighth Circuit, Neil M. Gorsuch, Associate Justice,

For the Ninth Circuit, Elena Kagan, Associate Justice,

For the Tenth Circuit, Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice,

For the Eleventh Circuit, Clarence Thomas, Associate Justice,

For the Federal Circuit, John G. Roberts, Jr., Chief Justice.

Circuit Justice assignments are important because they hear applications.  An application is a request for emergency action addressed to an individual justice, such as a motion to extend a filing deadline or stay an execution or injunction.  Sometimes applications are referred by an individual justice to the full court in matters of great public interest.  For more information about applications, see Sup. Ct. Rules 22 & 23; see also A Reporter’s Guide to Applications Pending Before the Supreme Court of the United States, prepared by the Public Information Office, Supreme Court of the United States. 

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