The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court was established by Congress in 1978.  The Court entertains applications made by the United States Government for approval of electronic surveillance, physical search, and certain other forms of investigative actions for foreign intelligence purposes.

Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. designations

Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. has designated the Honorable Jose A. Cabranes a judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit to serve as Presiding Judge of the United States Foreign Intelligence Court of Review, effective May 19, 2018, for the remainder of his term on the Court of Review, which will expire May 18, 2020; the Honorable David Bryan Sentelle a judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to be a judge of the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review for a term commencing May 19, 2018, and ending May 18, 2025 and the Honorable John Joseph Tharp a judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois to be a judge of the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court for a term commencing May 19, 2018, and ending May 18, 2025.
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