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The Court System

Introduction

Did any of the recent justices on the Supreme Court previously serve as a judge in some capacity?

Yes, all of the current justices have previously served as federal judges in some capacity before they were elevated to the high court. None of the justices has previously had experience as a state court judge. Only Justice Sotomayor has ever served as a trial court judge, having served many years as a federal district court judge.

Previous Judgeships of the Current U.S. Supreme Court

Justice Previous Judgeships
John G. Roberts Jr. U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
John Paul Stevens U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit
Anthony Kennedy U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Antonin Scalia U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
Clarence Thomas U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
Ruth Bader Ginsburg U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
Stephen Breyer U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
Samuel Alito U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Sonia Sotomayor U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit and federal district court judge in New York


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