The History of the Courts of the D.C. Circuit


The History of the Courts of the D.C. Circuit   The History of the Courts of the D.C. Circuit - Created amidst the controversy over President John Adams's appointment of the so-called "Midnight Judges," the Courts of the District of Columbia Circuit have been transformed and transformative over the two centuries of their existence. Learn more. (Because each file accompanying a display panel is large, it will take a few minutes to download the information, which is in .pdf format)
 
Criminal Law and Trials   Criminal Law and Trials - Throughout their history, many of the criminal cases that have gripped the nation have been tried in the Courts of the D.C. Circuit. Learn more.
 
A Government of Laws, Not of Men   A Government of Laws, Not of Men - When public officials entrusted with government authority are accused of corruption, the independent federal judiciary is called upon to determine their guilt or innocence. Learn more.
 
No Person Above The Law   No Person Above The Law - Because of their location and responsibilities, the Courts of the District of Columbia Circuit have a special role when those entrusted with the faithful execution of federal laws are accused of breaking those laws. Learn more.
 
The First Amendment   The First Amendment - "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble...." Learn more.
 
The Law and Equality   The Law and Equality - "In a true state of nature, indeed, all [people] are born equal, but they cannot continue in this equality. Society makes them lose it, and they recover it only by the protection of laws." Learn more.
 
In Times of War   In Times of War - The Constitution divides powers related to the armed forces between the Executive and Legislative branches. The Courts have found themselves called upon to adjudicate cases arising from America's military campaigns. Learn more.
 
Competition, Regulation,and the Administrative State   Competition, Regulation, and the Administrative State - Federal statutes charge administrative agencies with regulating everything from consumer product safety, to energy, to telecommunications. At the same time, the Justice Department exercises considerable influence on competition policy through its enforcement of the Nation's antitrust laws. The resulting disputes among regulators, industry, and members of the public are often resolved by the Courts of the District of Columbia Circuit. Learn more.
 
Competition, Regulation,and the Administrative State   Competition, Regulation, and the Administrative State - The structure of the telephone industry has been profoundly influenced not merely by technical engineering considerations, but also by an ongoing dialogue among the Federal Communications Commission (the federal agency charged with regulating interstate communications services), the Justice Department's antitrust division, and the courts. Learn more.
 
Judge William Benson Bryant   Judge William Benson Bryant - Judge William B. Bryant was appointed to the U.S. District Court by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1965. He had been one of the most prominent criminal defense attorneys in Washington, D.C., and he became one of its most respected federal judges. A student of the Constitution throughout his life, Judge Bryant was known for his compassion and fairness. Learn more.