Saturday, February 2, 2008

O, be some other name!

In a recent case, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals had “no qualms” about editing 30 U.S.C. § 1276(a)(1), which invests the “United States District Court for the District of Columbia Circuit” with subject-matter jurisdiction over certain regulatory matters, for “there is no such court within the federal judiciary.” The court of appeals neatly excised the reference to “circuit,” relying upon what surely must have been Congress’s intent.

hat tip: Jeremy Counsellor and the Civil Procedure Prof Blog

(cmb, with apologies to the Bard)

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