HONOLULU – A three-judge panel of a federal appeals court will hear arguments in an appeal of a Hawaii federal judge's ruling blocking President Donald Trump's travel ban.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday denied a request by Hawaii attorneys asking that a full panel of judges hear the case next month.
Appeals are typically heard first by a three-judge panel before they are possibly examined by a full panel.
The Trump administration is appealing U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson's ruling blocking the government from suspending new visas for people from six Muslim-majority countries and halting the U.S. refugee program.
The three judges will be announced the week before the May 15 hearing.
The full 15-judge panel of another appeals court will hear a similar case next month.