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U.S. District Courts for the Districts of Oklahoma: Legislative History

June 16, 1906
34 Stat. 267
Congress organized Oklahoma as two judicial districts, the Eastern and the Western, with one judgeship each, and assigned the districts to the Eighth Circuit. The act became effective upon the admission of the State of Oklahoma on November 16, 1907.
September 14, 1922
42 Stat. 837
One temporary judgeship authorized for the Eastern District.
February 16, 1925
43 Stat. 945
The act established the Northern District of Oklahoma. It transferred the temporary judgeship in the Eastern District to the Northern District and made that position permanent.
February 28, 1929
45 Stat. 1346
Congress assigned the District of Oklahoma to the newly-organized Tenth Circuit.
June 22, 1936
49 Stat. 1804
One judgeship authorized to serve all three districts.
May 24, 1940
54 Stat. 219
One temporary judgeship authorized for the Western District.
August 3, 1949
63 Stat. 493
Temporary judgeship for Western District made permanent.
May 19, 1961
75 Stat. 80
One judgeship authorized to serve all three districts.
October 20, 1978
92 Stat. 1629
One additional judgeship authorized for the Northern District and one for the Western District.
July 10, 1984
98 Stat. 333
One additional judgeship authorized for the Western District.
December 1, 1990
104 Stat. 5089
One additional judgeship authorized for the Northern District, one additional for the Western District. One of the two judgeships previously authorized to serve all three districts assigned exclusively to the Western District.

 

Authorized Judgeships
 
Eastern District
Western District
Northern District
Total Judgeships
1906
1
1
 
2
1922
2
1
 
3
1925
1
1
1
3
1936
2
2
2
4
1940
2
3
2
5
1961
3
4
3
6
1965
3
5*
3
7
1969
3
4
3
6
1978
3
5
4
8
1984
3
6
4
9
1990
2
7
4
11
*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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