What is the “Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals”?

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals is a federal appellate court located in the John Minor Wisdom United States Court of Appeals Building, 600 Camp Street in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals is also known as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals is not the same court as the Fifth District Court of Appeals (a Texas state appellate court located in Dallas). Likewise, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals (which is located in the city of New Orleans) is not the same court as the “Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal,” which is also located in metropolitan New Orleans. The “Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal” is a Louisiana state appellate court located in Gretna, Louisiana, a suburb of New Orleans. Specifically, the “Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal” is located at 101 Derbigny Street, Gretna, Louisiana, which is approximately six miles from the similarly-named Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals hears appeals from federal trial courts in Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. There are 26 judges on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. While the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals generally conducts oral arguments in its New Orleans courthouse, many of the judges on the court have chambers in other cities. For example, two of the judges have chambers in the Earl Cabell Federal Building, 1100 Commerce Street, Dallas, Texas.

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