Fifth Circuit US Court of Appeals Case Law

The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit was established in 1891 and is based in New Orleans, Louisiana. The court has appellate jurisdiction over courts in the following districts:

Originally the Fifth Circuit also covered district courts in Alabama, Georgia, and Florida, but on October 1, 1981, under Public Law 96-452, the courts in these districts were moved under the jurisdiction of the new Eleventh Circuit. Learn about the historic Fifth Circuit courthouse here.

Browse Opinions From the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit


Recent Decisions From the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
USA v. Shabbar Rafiq
Date: December 14, 2018
Docket Number: 17-10588
Ricky Justice v. Lorie Davis, et al
Date: December 14, 2018
Docket Number: 17-40171
USA v. George Foster
Date: December 14, 2018
Docket Number: 17-50465
USA v. Carlos Lopez
Date: December 14, 2018
Docket Number: 18-10303
USA v. Undral Jernigan
Date: December 14, 2018
Docket Number: 18-10362
Claimant ID 100262194 v. BP Exploration & Prodn, I
Date: December 14, 2018
Docket Number: 18-30486
Claimant ID 100262194 v. BP Exploration & Production, Inc.  
Date: December 14, 2018
Docket Number: 18-30486

Justia Opinion Summary: After the Settlement Agreement Appeal Panel affirmed the Claim Administrator's classification of the Arcadia Facility as a "Failed Business," Graphic Packaging sought and was denied discretionary review from the district...

USA v. Edgar Mendez-Becerra
Date: December 14, 2018
Docket Number: 18-40137
USA v. Edwin Andrus
Date: December 14, 2018
Docket Number: 18-40173
United States v. Harrison  
Date: December 13, 2018
Docket Number: 16-11641

Justia Opinion Summary: The Fifth Circuit reversed the district court's denial of petitioner's ineffective assistance of counsel claim. The court held that the magistrate judge should have held an evidentiary hearing to investigate petitioner's...

Luther Caldwell v. Lorie Davis, Director
Date: December 13, 2018
Docket Number: 16-41230
Taylor Carlisle v. Newell Normand
Date: December 13, 2018
Docket Number: 17-30226
USA v. Reginald Ellison
Date: December 13, 2018
Docket Number: 17-30863
Jenkins v. Hall  
Date: December 13, 2018
Docket Number: 17-60043

Justia Opinion Summary: The Fifth Circuit affirmed the district court's denial of petitioner's 28 U.S.C. 2254 petition for habeas corpus relief, holding that the Mississippi Supreme Court's decision was not contrary to or an unreasonable applic...

USA v. Eugene Martinez
Date: December 13, 2018
Docket Number: 18-10412