United States Circuit Judge Ed Carnes assumed the duties of chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit and chair of the 11th Circuit Judicial Council on August 1.
In fulfilling the duties of the office, Chief Judge Carnes becomes the highest-ranking judicial officer in the 11th Circuit and fills one of the 11th Circuit’s two positions on the Judicial Conference of the United States, the principal policymaking organization for the United States courts.
Judge Carnes succeeds Judge Joel F. Dubina of Montgomery, Alabama, who served as chief judge from June 1, 2009, to July 31. Judge Dubina will remain in active service on the court.
The court has appellate jurisdiction over federal cases originating in the states of Alabama, Florida, and Georgia, and in recent years has received and processed about 6,700 appeals each year. In terms of judicial workload, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals is the busiest federal circuit court in the nation.
In 1992, President George H.W. Bush appointed Judge Carnes to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. Prior to that appointment, Judge Carnes served as an assistant attorney general for Alabama.