United States Alien Terrorist Removal Court

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United States Alien Terrorist Removal Court
Location Washington, D.C.
Appeals to District of Columbia Circuit
Established 1996
Authority Article III court
Created by Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996
8 U.S.C. §§ 15311537
Composition method Chief Justice appointment
Judges 5
Judge term length 5 years
Chief Judge Rosemary M. Collyer

The United States Alien Terrorist Removal Court is a special court consisting of five Article III judges, selected by the Chief Justice of the United States.[1] Its job is to determine whether aliens (non-citizens) should be deported from the United States on the grounds that they are terrorists.[2]

As of 1996, when it was formed, the original judges on the Court were Chief Judge Earl H. Carroll (D. Ariz.), and Judges Michael Anthony Telesca (W.D. N.Y.), David Dudley Dowd, Jr. (N.D. Ohio), William Clark O'Kelley (N.D. Ga.) and Alfred M. Wolin (D. N.J.).[1]

According to Karen Redmond, a public information officer in the Administrative Offices of the U.S. Courts, as of October 15, 2016 the current members of the Court are: Rosemary M. Collyer (D. D.C.), Chief Judge; Harold Albert Baker (C.D. Ill.); James Parker Jones (W.D. Va.); William C. O'Kelley (N.D. Ga.); and Thomas B. Russell (W.D. Ky.).

The Court is modeled after the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, and was created by Pub.L. 104–132, the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996, codified at 8 U.S.C. §§ 15311537.

As of 2018, the Court has never received an application from the Attorney General for the removal of an alien terrorist, and had therefore conducted no proceedings.[3]

See also


  1. ^ a b "Alien Terrorist Removal Court Members Selected". The Third Branch. September 1996. Retrieved August 8, 2013.
  2. ^ Linda Greenhouse (August 7, 2013). "Too Much Work?". Opinionator blog—A Gathering of Opinion From Around the Web. The New York Times. Retrieved August 8, 2013.
  3. ^ ""Alien Terrorist Removal Court, 1996-present"".


  • John Dorsett Niles (2008). "Assessing the Constitutionality of the Alien Terrorist Removal Court" (PDF). Retrieved August 8, 2013.

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