History of the Federal Judiciary


History of the Federal Judiciary


  U.S. District Courts for the Districts of Wisconsin
Legislative History
August 9, 1846
9 Stat. 56

 
Congress organized Wisconsin as one judicial district and authorized one judgeship for the U.S. district court.  The U.S. district court in Wisconsin, 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. The act became effective upon the admission of the State of Wisconsin on May 29, 1848.
July 15, 1862
12 Stat. 576
Congress reorganized the circuits, repealed the circuit court jurisdiction of the U.S. District Court for the District of Wisconsin, and assigned the district to the Eighth Circuit.
July 23, 1866
14 Stat. 209
Congress reorganized the circuits and assigned Wisconsin to the Seventh Circuit.
 
June 30, 1870
16 Stat. 171
Wisconsin divided into two judicial districts, the Eastern and the Western, with one judgeship authorized for each district.  The sitting judge was assigned to the Eastern District.
February 10, 1954
68 Stat. 8
One additional judgeship authorized for the Eastern District.
March 18, 1966
80 Stat. 75
Temporary judgeship authorized for the Eastern District.
June 2, 1970
84 Stat. 294
Temporary judgeship authorized in 1966 was made permanent.
October 20, 1978
92 Stat. 1629
One additional judgeship authorized for each district.
Dec. 21, 2000
114 Stat. 2762
One additional judgeship authorized for the Eastern District.
 
Authorized Judgeships 
 
Wisconsin
District
Eastern District
Western District
Total Judgeships
1846
1
 
 
1
1870
 
1
1
2
1954
 
2
1
3
1966
 
3
1
4
1978
 
4
2
6
2000
 
5
2
7


 

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