Donald Trump's travel ban remains on hold after three San Francisco-based judges ruled unanimously that the ban was not legitimate.
The three - Judge Richard Clifton, Judge Michelle Friedland and Judge William Canby - have been described as one of the most diverse judicial panels ever to be assembled.
Having heard an hour of oral arguments on Tuesday - with both representatives from the department of justice and Washington state, which brought about the blockage of the ban, laying out their arguments - the three judges issued their 29-page ruling on Thursday evening, Telegraph reported.
They found that the states - Washington and Minnesota - had offered substantial evidence that reinstating the ruling would be highly damaging to them, and the government did not offer enough evidence to outweigh that.
Trump immediately vowed to continue fighting through the courts to reinstate his ban.
He has made no secret of his anger at the block of his ban.
Judge William Canby is most senior of the three, he was appointed in 1980 by Jimmy Carter.
The 85-year-old from Minnesota studied law at Yale and in Minnesota, before going on to teach constitutional law at Arizona State University.
He usually sits in Phoenix, Arizona.
Judge Richard Clifton appointed by George W. Bush, Mr Clifton, now 66, was approved in 2002.
Originally from Hawaii, he graduated from Princeton and Yale and served as a law clerk since 1975.
He is currently the only ninth circuit judge from Hawaii.
Judge Michelle Friedland is the newest judge on the panel, she was appointed by Barack Obama in 2014.
Before joining the bench the 44-year-old Californian worked in a San Francisco law firm.