[Link] October 14, 1980 |
94 Stat. 1994
The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Reorganization Act divided the Fifth Circuit into two circuits,
organizing the judicial districts of Alabama, Georgia, and Florida as the Eleventh Circuit and
the judicial districts of Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, and the Panana Canal Zone as a new
Fifth Circuit, effective October 1, 1981. The act transferred all appellate judges whose official
duty stations were located within the Eleventh Circuit to the court of appeals for that circuit.
Of the twenty-six judgeships authorized for the former Fifth Circuit, fourteen were assigned to
the new Fifth Circuit and twelve to the Eleventh Circuit.
Established by Congress, effective October 1981, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh
Circuit is a federal court with appellate jurisdiction over the district courts for the following districts:
* Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Alabama
* Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Georgia
* Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Florida
3 Seats (1, 5, and 8) have traditionally been reserved for Alabama.
4 Seats (3, 4, 9, and 11) for Georgia.
5 Seats (2, 6, 7, 10 and 12) for Florida.