The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit is located in Atlanta, Georgia.
This Court hears federal cases from Alabama, Georgia, and Florida.
Normally, a three judge panel will hear any appeal granted by the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, although the entire court (with as many as nine or more judges) sitting together (called en banc) may hear a case.
• The appellant files a brief alleging the district court was wrong to deny relief.
• The State, represented by the Capital Litigation Division, files a brief arguing that the district court was correct to deny relief.
• The Court of Appeals will usually order an oral argument, which is open to the public. The appellant will not be present.
• Afterwards, the Court of Appeals considers the briefs, the arguments of the lawyers, and the record from the district court and issues a written opinion either affirming or reversing the district court’s decision.
• If the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirms the district court’s decision, the appellant may petition the United States Supreme Court to review the case.