The Federal Judicial Center announces the launch of its History of the Federal Judiciary site at www.fjc.gov. The site, part of the Centerís Web page, provides a major, previously-unpublished reference source for the history of the federal courts. The Judges section contains the Federal Judges Biographical Database and includes the service record and professional resume of presidentially-appointed judges since 1789. This is the first complete list of such judges, and was compiled from the records of the several government agencies that have held administrative responsibility for the courts. The site allows users to create their own queries about groups of federal judges, including the justices of the Supreme Court. The Courts section of the site contains the legislative histories of courts and circuits within the federal judiciary, as well as lists of chief judges and information on the location of the official records of each court. The section on Landmark Judicial Legislation presents the text of 21 statutes related to the organization and administration of the judiciary. Each act is introduced by a note describing its historical significance. Other features of the site include the on-line presentation of an exhibit of historic photographs of federal courthouses and a selection of reports on topics related to federal judicial history. The site was prepared by the staff of the Centerís Federal Judicial History Office, which welcomes reference questions submitted at the site. The Center, an agency within the judicial branch of government, was created by Congress in 1967 to provide the federal courts continuing education and training, and research on court operations and procedures. One of the Centerís statutory mandates is to "conduct, coordinate, and encourage programs relating to the history of the judicial branch of the United States government."
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