History of the Federal Judiciary


History of the Federal Judiciary


  U.S. District Courts for the Districts of Kentucky
Legislative History
September 24, 1789
1 Stat. 73

 
The Judiciary Act of 1789 organized Kentucky, then a part of Virginia, as a judicial district and authorized one judgeship for the U.S. district court. The district court in Kentucky, not being assigned to a judicial circuit, was granted the same jurisdiction as U.S. circuit courts, except in appeals and writs of error, which were the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court.
February 13, 1801
2 Stat. 89
The Judiciary Act of 1801 abolished the U.S. district court in Kentucky and authorized the U.S. Circuit Court for the Sixth Circuit to hold court in Kentucky, exercising the full jurisdiction of circuit and district courts.
March 8, 1802
2 Stat. 132
The repeal of the Judiciary Act of 1801 restored the judicial organization in effect before 1801, thereby reestablishing the U.S. District Court for the District of Kentucky, with the trial jurisdiction of a circuit court.
February 24, 1807
2 Stat. 420
This statute repealed the circuit court jurisdiction of the Kentucky district court, established a U.S. circuit court for the district, and assigned the district of Kentucky to the newly organized Seventh Circuit.
March 3, 1837
5 Stat. 170
Congress assigned the district of Kentucky to the Eighth Circuit. 
July 15, 1862
12 Stat. 576
Congress assigned the district of Kentucky to the Sixth Circuit.
 
February 12, 1901
31 Stat. 781
Kentucky divided into two judicial districts with one judgeship for each.  The sitting judge was assigned to the Western District and a new judge was authorized for the Eastern District. 
June 22, 1936
49 Stat. 1806
One additional judgeship authorized to serve both districts.
February 10, 1954
68 Stat. 8
One additional judgeship authorized for the Western District.
June 2, 1970
84 Stat. 294
One additional judgeship authorized for each district.
October 20, 1978
92 Stat. 1629
Two additional permanent judgeships and one temporary judgeship authorized for the Eastern District. The temporary judgeship was never made permanent.
 
July 10, 1984
98 Stat. 333
One additional judgeship authorized for the Western District.
Dec. 21, 2000
114 Stat. 2762
One additional judgeship authorized for the Eastern District.


 


Authorized Judgeships
 
Kentucky
District
Eastern
District
Western
District
Total
Judgeships
1789
1
 
 
1
1801
 
 
 
0
1802
1
 
 
1
1901
 
1
1
2
1936
 
2
2
3
1954
 
2
3
4
1970
 
3
4
6
1978
 
6
4
9
1984
 
6
5
10
1984
 
5
5
9
1987
6*
5
10
1988
5
5
9
2000
 
6
5
10


 *
Temporary judgeship authorized by 71 Stat. 586, which provided for the appointment of an additional judge when a sitting judge was certified as disabled.
 



 

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