Timelines
Federal Judiciary

  • 1789
    Congress Passes Judiciary Act Of 1789

  • 1790
    Supreme Court Convenes For First Time In New York

  • 1791
    Supreme Court Convenes In Philadelphia

  • 1795
    Senate Rejects Nomination Of Rutledge As Chief Justice

  • 1800
    Supreme Court Moves To Washington, D.C.

  • 1803
    Supreme Court Asserts Right Of Judicial Review

  • 1804
    Pickering Is First Federal Judge To Be Impeached And Convicted
    Justice Samuel Chase Impeached, Acquitted

  • 1855
    Congress Creates Court of Claims

  • 1863
    Size Of Supreme Court Fluctuates

  • 1891
    Congress Creates U.S. Courts of Appeals

  • 1922
    Uniformity Sought In Federal Court Procedures

  • 1932
    Construction Of Supreme Court Building Begins

  • 1937
    Roosevelt Tries To 'Pack' the Supreme Court

  • 1970
    District Of Columbia Gets Court of Appeals

  • 1980
    Congress Creates U.S. Court Of International Trade

  • 1986
    First Federal Judge Convicted Of Crimes While On Bench