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Federal Judicial History

The Center conducts research and produces resources on the history of the judicial branch of the federal government.  These resources include compilations of historical data on the courts, information about judges and judicial administration, as well as publications on federal judicial history. The Center also maintains a biographical directory of Article III judges from 1789 to the present, engages in outreach and education on federal judicial history, and works to promote the preservation of the history of the judicial branch.

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  • #SCOTUS recently made new circuit assignments (; see the history of circuit allotments and allotment lists for all circuits over time:
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  • William Paca, signer of the Declaration of Independence, governor of Maryland, and first U.S. district judge for Maryland, was born #OTD in 1740
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  • Book talk Nov. 13 in Washington, D.C. & streamed online; John Marshall: The Man Who Made the Supreme Court, by Richard Brookhiser
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  • Congress provided #OTD in 1992 that the Federal Judicial Center would work to improve administration of justice abroad & study foreign judicial systems; led to creation of FJC Interjudicial Affairs Office (now International Judicial Relations Office)
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  • Congress established a special division of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit #OTD in 1978 for appointment of special prosecutors to investigate allegations against public officials; presided over by 3 circuit judges (always one from D.C.); statute expired in 1999
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