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1st Circuit Court of Appeals

Moakley U.S. Courthouse

1 Courthouse Way

Boston, MA 02210

(617) 748-9057

United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

  • Established¬†June 16, 1891
  • Chief Judge Howard
  • Active Judges9
  • Circuit JusticeBreyer

Circuit Judges

  • Jeffrey R. Howard
  • Bruce M. Selya
  • Michael Boudin
  • Norman H. Stahl
  • Sandra L. Lynch
  • Kermit V. Lipez
  • O. Rogeriee Thompson
  • William J. Kayatta, Jr.
  • David J. Barron

Printing and Filing in the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals

Located in Boston Massachusetts, the First Circuit Court of Appeals hears federal cases that arise from the federal district courts of the Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island, as well as the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. The First Circuit has the distinction of being the smallest federal district in geographical size. The First Circuit has strict standards for the printing and filing of appellate briefs, and these standards differ from those of the other federal circuits. The starting point for a filling is, as always, the federal rules of Appellate Procedure. From there, the rules are modified by the local rules of the First Circuit.

In addition to the Federal Rules, these are some First Circuit Local Rules:
  • Nine copies of each brief must be submitted along with one service copies to each party.
  • Five copies of each appendix volume must be submitted with one service copy to each party.
  • The First Circuit local rules modify timing requirements (See Loc. R. 31)
  • The First Circuit has specific guidance on the addendum, which is bound immediately after the brief, and should contain at a minimum: the judgments, decisions, rulings, or orders appealed from, including any supporting explanation (e.g., a written or transcript opinion), and in addition, where the district court or agency whose decision is under review was itself reviewing or acting upon the decision of a lower-level decision-maker, that lower-level decision as well (e.g., a recommended decision by a magistrate judge or an initial decision by an administrative law judge). Note: If the decision appealed from is a text-only entry upon a docket report, a copy of the relevant entry or page of the docket report should be provided.


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1st Circuit
District Courts:
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire
  • Puerto Rico
  • Rhode Island

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