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The Judiciary Act of 1801 allowed President Adams to pack the federal courts with members of his Federalist Party. The judges appointed to the new Circuit Courts are often called the "Midnight Judges," because Adams made all the appointments during his last few weeks in office.

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The Judiciary Act of 1801 advanced the Federalists' agenda by reorganizing the national court system and adding six Circuit Courts that shifted jurisdiction over many federal cases from the States to the federal government. The Democratic-Republicans believed this weakened the States, but were unable to stop the bill from passing because the Federalist party controlled the Sixth Congress.

From 1792 until 1800, the Federalists dominated government and set the agenda for the nation. This trend changed as a result of the 1800 election, when the dominant party suffered massive defeat to Jefferson's Democratic-Republicans, losing control of both the White House and Congress.

In a desperate attempt to maintain influence in government, the lame duck Federalists quickly passed the Judiciary Act of 1801 and other legislation that allowed President Adams to pack the courts with Federalist judges in the final days of his administration.

The Supreme Court's composition changed, with the number of justices reduced from six to five (by attrition), so that two justices would have to leave the bench before Jefferson had an opportunity to make his first nomination. Additionally, incumbent Chief Justice Oliver Ellsworth graciously agreed to retire in early 1801, allowing Adams to select the new Chief Justice before leaving office. (Adams nominated his Secretary of State, John Marshall, who presided over the Court for the next 34 years.)

While the incoming Jefferson administration controlled two of the three branches of government, under Adams' plan, they could expect to face resistance from a Judicial branch full of permanently ensconced Federalist judges for many years to come.

Jefferson and the new Congress successfully thwarted the Federalists by passing the Repeal Act of 1802 (March 1802), thereby eliminating all the new federal judgeships, and temporarily reinstating the Judiciary Act of 1789, which restored the size of the Court to six justices and simultaneously canceled the 1802 Terms of the Supreme Court.

The US Supreme Court case, Marbury v. Madison, while based on different legislation (the Organic Act of 1801), offers great insight into the animosity between the two political parties of that era.

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What President signed the Judiciary Act of 1801 into law?

President John Adams signed the Judiciary Act of 1801 into law on February 13, 1801, just two weeks before the end of his administration.


Upon becoming president Thomas Jefferson and the Republicans in Congress repealed what legislation enacted by the Adams administration?

The Judiciary Act of 1801.


Who passed the Judiciary Act of 1801?

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What month was the Judiciary Act of 1789 adopted?

The Judiciary Act of 1789 was adopted September 24, 1789. For more information, see Related Questions, below.


Who was the president when John Adams was the Vice President?

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How did President Adams try to pack the court through the Judiciary Act of 1801?

President Adams used new provisions of the Judiciary Act of 1801 in an attempt to pack the court. The 1801 Act replaced the 1789 Act, reorganized the federal court system, redrew Districts and added five new District Court judges and sixteen Circuit judges to relieve the US Supreme Court justices of their circuit-riding responsibilities. Adams exclusively appointed members of his Federalist party to the new judgeships, inviting criticism for court-packing.A second piece of legislation, the District of Columbia Organic Act of 1801 allowed Adams to create 42 new justice of the peace positions (low-level judiciary) to serve the District of Columbia.For more information, see Related Questions, below.


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This was John Quincey Adams, who was President from 1797 to 1801.


Was the Judiciary Act of 1789 repealed?

No. Chief Justice Marshall declared Section 13 of the Judiciary Act of 1789 unconstitutional, but that was just a small portion of the Act. The Judiciary Act of 1789 was neither revised nor repealed. The Judiciary Act of 1801, passed during the final days of President Adams' administration, was repealed after Thomas Jefferson and a new Congress took office. Congress repealed the Act because it expanded the Federal court system in a way that allowed President Adams to ensure Federalist Party members dominated the Judicial Branch of Government. When the Judiciary Act of 1801 was repealed, the Judiciary Act of 1789 was temporarily reinstated. For more information, see Related Questions, below.


What is the name of the law that helped Adams appoint federalist judges?

judiciary act of 1801


What actions were taken when President Jefferson took office to stop President Adams' attempt at court-packing?

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What was the results of the judiciary act of 1801?

The Judiciary Act of 1801 was a partisan political attempt by the Federalists in the Congress and the John Adams administration to pack Federal courts with Federalists. It was soon overturned by Jeffersonian Republicans.


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