The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court was created by section 103(a) of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (50 U.S.C. 1803(a)). It was originally comprised of seven district judges from seven circuits named by the Chief Justice of the United States to serve a maximum of 7 years.
THE FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE SURVEILLANCE COURT
In 2001, the U.S.A. Patriot Act (section 208) amended the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to increase the number of FIS Court judges from seven to eleven, "of whom no fewer than 3 shall reside within 20 miles of the District of Columbia." The membership of the Court in 2009 was as follows.
Appointed Expires BATES, John D. (Presiding, since May 18, 2009) D.D.C. 2/22/2006 2/21/2013 BENSON, Dee D.Utah 4/08/2004 5/18/2011 HOGAN, Thomas F. D.D.C. 5/18/2009 5/18/2016 HOWARD, Malcolm N.C. 5/19/2005 5/18/2012 KAZEN, George P. S.D.Tex. 7/15/2003 5/18/2010 McLAUGHLIN, Mary A. E.D. Pa. 5/18/2008 5/18/2015 SCULLIN Jr., Frederick J. N.D.N.Y. 5/19/2004 5/18/2011 VINSON, Roger N.D.Florida 5/04/2006 5/18/2013 WALTON, Reggie B. D.D.C. 5/19/2007 5/18/2014 WRIGHT, Susan Webber E.D. Arkansas 5/18/2009 5/18/2016 ZAGEL, James B. N.D. Ill. 5/18/2008 5/18/2015
The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review was created by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 to review applications that were denied by the FIS Court. The Court of Review is comprised of three judges, one of whom is designated as the presiding judge, named by the Chief Justice of the United States from the U.S. district or appellate courts. Judges serve a maximum of seven years and are not eligible for redesignation.
FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE SURVEILLANCE COURT OF REVIEW
Appointed Expires SELYA, Bruce M. (Presiding) Ninth Circuit 8/08/2005 (became presiding judge 5/19/08) 8/18/2012 WINTER, Ralph K., Jr. Second Circuit 5/18/2003 5/18/2010 ARNOLD, Morris Sheppard Eighth Circuit 5/19/2008 5/18/2015 (?)