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      R. Guy Cole, Jr., Chief Judge
 
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The Sixth Circuit Judicial Council consists of the chief judge of the circuit and an equal number of court of appeals and district judges from within circuit. The council has the power to take steps that may be required to efficiently manage the caseload of the nine districts within the four states that make up the Sixth Circuit as well as the court of appeals. The council appoints the circuit executive to assist with the administrative responsibilities of the circuit, working closely with the chief judge and the council. Each circuit is required by law to meet in a judicial conference attended by all the court of appeals, district, bankruptcy, and magistrate judges of the circuit. The judges and invited members of the bar discuss common problems and make recommendations for improving the administration of justice in the circuit.

The four states within the Sixth Circuit are Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. The Circuit headquarters is in Cincinnati, Ohio. The nine districts in the circuit are the Eastern District of Michigan, the Western District of Michigan, the Northern District of Ohio, the Southern District of Ohio, the Eastern District of Kentucky, the Western District of Kentucky, the Eastern District of Tennessee, the Middle District of Tennessee, and the Western District of Tennessee. In each of these districts there are U.S. District Courts, U.S. Bankruptcy Courts, U.S. Probation Offices and, some of the districts contain U.S. Pretrial Services Offices. In addition to the court of appeals, the Judicial Council oversees the operation of these court units.

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