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This collection consists of records from the Eastern District of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. 

The Eastern District was initially created by Act of February 24, 1806 "for the more convenient establishment of the Supreme Court" and was composed of Adams, Berks, Bucks, Centre, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Franklin, Huntingdon, Lancaster, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, Northampton, Northumberland, Mifflin, Montgomery, Philadelphia, Pike, Potter, Wayne, and York counties. The District was assigned its own prothonotary, and the Supreme Court would hold session in Philadelphia on a regular basis to hear cases originating within the District. By Act of April 10, 1807, the Middle District was created, leaving only Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, Pike, and Wayne counties within the Eastern District. The Lancaster District was created in 1809, taking Lancaster and Berks counties away from the District as well. From 1826-1834 the Supreme Court rode the circuit, visiting each county throughout the state, but in 1834, per the Judiciary Act of April 14, the district system was reinstated, with the Eastern District initially being composed of the City and County of Philadelphia, and the counties of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Northampton, Montgomery, Lehigh, Pike, and Wayne. Over time, counties were transferred to and from the district, which can be found in The of Laws of Pennsylvania. As of 2001, in order to redistribute the workload throughout the state, the Eastern District consists only of Philadelphia County.

For more information, please consult the collection guide at the Pennsylvania State Archives.

 
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