Second Circuit Court of Appeals

The U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals covers all federal appeals accepted in the states of Connecticut, New York and Vermont. Anyone in these areas who wants to file an appeal is going to need to do it through the United States Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

When the appellate courts were initially set up, there were different states in each respective district. Due to population growth and the addition of more states, the appellate courts were shifted around to encompass different locations. These twelve courts now cover appellate cases from the 94 districts, and there is more than one courthouse for each appellate court. There is also more than one judge that sits at each court of appeals, and the number of judges is dependant upon how large the circuit is and how many courthouses are needed to cover that area.

When a trial is completed and the person who was tried feels they were not granted their rights under the law or that the law was broken during the court proceedings, they can appeal the decision. The judges for the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit are going to look through all of the case files to see if there were any errors in the case. If they find there were, they can overturn the decision of the original court. If they do not, then the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit is going to uphold the original rulings.

If this happens, the only option the petitioner has is to take the case to the Supreme Court. Only cases that have been deemed to be constitutionally unfair are going to be heard by this court in most cases. The Supreme Court has full jurisdiction over the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

In some rare cases, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals can ask for assistance from the Supreme Court before the case has been ruled on. When the Court of Appeals renders a decision, the decision is typically final. If the Supreme Court deems there was a constitutional breach, they can take the case and make their own ruling on it.

Any petitioner from any district appellate court can file with the Supreme Court if they do not like the decision that was made with an appellate court. It is up to the Supreme Court to decide if they want to hear it or not. If they chose not to, then the petitioner has to accept the ruling of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

Second Circuit Court of Appeals Information

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals, like every other district appellate court, is going to archive all of their court cases with all files included. These files are public record and can be viewed by anyone. Those who would like to know how to access these files and get more information on a specific case should go to to find out how they can access the archives of the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.