Porcius Festus, a Roman procurator of Judea, took office around 59 C.E. when Paul was imprisoned in Caesarea. In Acts 25:1-12, Festus hears Paul’s case and is intrigued. Convinced of Paul’s innocence yet also wanting to patronize the members of the Judean Jewish leadership, Festus offers a retrial in Jerusalem, but this plan is stymied when Paul appeals his case to the emperor, requiring the procurator to transfer him to Rome.
Roman procurator over Judea, Festus heard Paul's defense and sent him under guard to Rome