Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 1.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.

Bill Introduced in Illinois Legislature
to Limit Jurisdiction of Justices of Peace [1]

[December 9, 1834]

An act to limit the jurisdiction of Justices of the Peace.

Be it enacted by the people of the State of Illinois represented in the General Assembly---That hereafter Justices of the Peace shall not e[n]tertain jurisdiction of any civil case whatever---unless it be in the precinct in which the defende[nt] resides or [sic]---or in which the contract on which suit is brought was made and entered into, or made payable---any thing in former laws to the contrary notwithstanding.

This act to be in force from and after the first day of June next.


[1]   AD, I-Ar. This was Lincoln's first bill. Much revised and amended in committee, it passed the House, but was tabled by the Senate.