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THIRTEEN TH CONGRESS. Sess. III. Ch. 98. 1815. 237 pursuance of the provisions of the said original act, and the supplements thereto. Approved, March 3, 1815. Srarurm III. CHAP. XCVHI.-An Act regulating and dqining the duties of the United Slates’ March 3, 1815. Judges for the territory of Illinois. Be it enacted by the Senate and House ty' Representatives ty' the United Act of April States ry' America, in Congress assembled, That the Illinois territory shall jg; *81*% °h· bp divided intodthree circuits in the manner and for the purposes herein- mjnois tmp a ter men ione . tory to be di- Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the counties of Madison and Vid°@ l“t°*l“°° St. Clair shall compose the first circuit, the counties of Randolph and °l;;°:,j$fi€Sc0m_ Johnson shall compose the second circuit, and the counties of Gallatin posing each and Edwards shall compose the third circuit. <=i*¤¤i*· Sec. 3. And be it father enacted, That the judges heretofore appointed, or which may hereafter be appointed for the Illinois territory, under the authority of the government of the United States, shall, previous to the time prescribed by this act for holding the first court in the said territory, proceed to allot amongst themselves the circuit in which Allotment of they shall respectively preside, whicnallotment shall continue in force circuitsfor and during the term of one year thereafter; and such allotment shall be annually renewed, and which allotment, in writing, signed by the said judges, or a majority of them, shall be entered of record in the said courts, respectively, by the clerks thereotQ at the commencement of" the term next after such allotment shall have been made. Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That it shall be the duty of the Two terms to said judges respectively to hold two terms annually in each county in be h?ld ¤¤¤¤· their respective circuits, in conformity with the preceding sections of this gggntf mh act, which shall commence at the times hereinafter mentioned, that is to say, in the county of Madison on the last Mondays in May and September, in the county of St. Clair on the second Mondays in June and October, in the county of Randolph on the third Mondays in June and October, ia the county of Johnson on the fourth Mondays in June and October, in the county of Gallatin on the first Mondays in July and November, and in the county of Edwards on the second Mondays in July and November, in each year, and the said courts shall be styled circuit courts for the counties in which such courts shall be held respectively. Sec. 5. And be it flrther enacted, That the said courts shall be holden whowmms at the respective courthouses of said counties, and the said judges respect- M6 10 be hcidively shall in their respective circuits have jurisdiction over all causes, °"‘ matters or things at common law or in chancery, arising in each of said mmm 0,. counties, except in cases where the debt or demand shall be under twenty ju,gsd;ct,O,,_ dollars, in which cases they shall have nojurisdiction. Sec. 6. And be it further enacted, That the said judges shall be con- Ayitherity of servators of the peace, and the said circuit courts, in term time, or the °h° l“dg°“‘ judges thereof in vacation, shall have power to award injunctions, writs of ne exeat, habeas corpus, and all other writs and process that may be necessary to the execution of the power with which they are or may be vested. Sec. 7. And be it further enacted, That the said circuit courts respect- Circuit courts ively shall have power to hear and determine all treasons, felonies, and fjgpdggxgs °° other crimes, and misdemeanors that may be committed within the re- gw_ ’ spective counties aforesaid, and that may be brought before them respectively, by any rules or regulations prescribed by law. _ _ Sec. 8. And be it further enacted, That all suits shall be tried in the mggltin iso"? counties in which they originate, unless in cases that are or may be ues Wham the; specially provided for by law. originate.