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United States federal judicial circuit
Congress has divided the United States into a number of judicial circuits, each of which includes several District Courts and a Court of Appeals to decide appeals from cases decided in the district courts within the circuit.
There are currently eleven numbered circuits, and one for the District of Columbia that decides appeals from the district court in Washington, D.C.. There is also a United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which does not have any geographical circuit, but hears appeals from any District Court in cases relating to patents. It also decides appeals from the specialized trial courts in a few areas, including federal claims, international trade, and veterans' rights.
The circuits, and the states and territories within their jurisdiction, are:
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