What is the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals?
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, in the United States, is a federal court that possesses appellate jurisdiction over the various district courts in the following national jurisdictions:
District of Alaska
District of Arizona
Central District of California
Eastern District of California
Northern District of California
Southern District of California
District of Hawaii
District of Idaho
District of Montana
District of Nevada
District of Oregon
Eastern District of Washington
Western District of Washington
In addition to the aforementioned districts, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in the United States also possesses appellate jurisdiction over the District Court of Guam and the District of the Northern Mariana Islands—two United States’ operated territorial court systems.
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is headquartered in San Francisco California; the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is the largest of the thirteen courts of appeals that currently operate in the United States.
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is headed by 29 judgeships; each judge will travel around the aforementioned circuits, although the court will typically arrange its hearings based on a regional travelling system—for example, cases from the northern region of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals are typically heard in Portland or Seattle, while a cases in the Southern District of California will be heard in Pasadena.
Chief Judges of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals:
The Chief Judges of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals possess a series of administrative responsibilities with respect to their underlying circuits; the Chief Judges of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals preside over any panel on which they serve unless a circuit justice (for example a Supreme Court Justice responsible for the circuit) is also established on the panel. Dissimilar to the Supreme Court, where one justice will be nominated to act as chief, the office of chief judge in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals will rotate among a series of circuit judges.
To be positioned as a chief judge, the individual must been in active service within the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals for at least one year, while being younger than 65 years of age and having previously never served as chief judge. Any vacancy present in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals will be filled by the chief judge who has highest seniority among the pool of qualified judges. The chief judge of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals will serve for a term of seven years or until they reach age 70, whichever occurs first.