History of the Federal Judiciary


History of the Federal Judiciary


  U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Legislative History
March 3, 1891
26 Stat. 826
Congress established U.S. circuit courts of appeals for each of the nine judicial circuits and assigned the sitting judge of the U.S. Circuit Courts for the Fifth Circuit to sit also on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, effective June 16, 1891. The act also authorized an additional judgeship for the Fifth Circuit’s new court.
January 25, 1899
30 Stat. 803
One additional judgeship authorized for the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
August 24, 1912
37 Stat. 560
Congress provided for appeals from the District Court of the Canal Zone to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
June 10, 1930
46 Stat. 538
One additional judgeship authorized for the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
May 31, 1938
52 Stat. 584
One additional judgeship authorized for the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
December 14, 1942
56 Stat. 1050
One additional judgeship authorized for the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
February 10, 1954
68 Stat. 8
One additional judgeship authorized for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
May 19, 1961
75 Stat. 80
Two additional judgeships authorized for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
March 18, 1966
80 Stat. 75
Four temporary judgeships authorized for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
June 18, 1968
82 Stat. 184
The four temporary judgeships authorized by the act of March 18, 1966, 80 Stat. 75, made permanent and two additional judgeships authorized for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
October 20, 1978
92 Stat. 1629
Eleven additional judgeships authorized for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
October 14, 1980
94 Stat. 1994
The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Reorganization Act divided the Fifth Circuit into two circuits, reorganizing the judicial districts of Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, and the Canal Zone as a new Fifth Circuit and Alabama, Georgia, and Florida as the Eleventh Circuit. The act transferred all judges whose official duty stations were located within the Eleventh Circuit to the court of appeals for that circuit. Of the twenty-six judgeships authorized for the former Fifth Circuit, fourteen were assigned to the new Fifth Circuit and twelve to the Eleventh Circuit.
September 27, 1979
93 Stat. 455
The Fifth Circuit’s appellate jurisdiction over the Canal Zone terminated when Congress abolished the U.S. District Court for the Canal Zone, effective March 31, 1982.
July 10, 1984
98 Stat. 333
Two additional judgeships authorized for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
December 1, 1990
104 Stat. 5089
One additional judgeship authorized for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.



Authorized Judgeships
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