The Court System

Judiciary Act of 1789

Has there been recent movement in Congress to change the circuit court structure?

Yes, there have been several bills introduced in Congress over the last several years to create an additional circuit court of appeals because the 9th Circuit is so large. In 2009, Rep. Mike Simpson introduced the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Judgeship and Reorganization Act of 2009. This proposed measure would create an additional federal appeals court—the 12th Circuit—that would consist of the states of Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington.


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