Thursday, December 29, 2016

Davies's Evarts Act Map

Ross E. Davies, George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School, has posted Evarts Act Day: The Birth of the U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals, as Green Bag Single-Sheet Classic #4 (2016):
The Evarts Act (26 Stat. 826) altered the federal courts more extensively than any statute since the Judiciary Act of 1789 (1 Stat. 73), which set up the Supreme Court and the subordinate federal courts. The new law created an intermediate federal appellate court system (the circuit courts of appeals profiled here) and rejiggered the relationships and jurisdictions of the various parts of the new system. This map lays out the details of the new courts' first day on the job, and flags a few intriguing aspects of their early work.
For details, see Josh Blackman's Blog.