Railroad Company v. Grant
98 U.S. 398

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Railroad Company v. Grant, 98 U.S. 398 (1878)

Railroad Company v. Grant

98 U.S. 398

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The jurisdiction conferred upon this Court by sec. 847 of the Revised Statutes relating to the District of Columbia was taken away by the Act of Congress approved Feb. 25, 1579, which enacts that a judgment or a decree of the Supreme Court of that District may be reexamined here "where the matter in dispute, exclusive of costs, exceeds the value of $2,500." This Court therefore dismisses a writ of error sued out Dec. 6, 1875, to reverse a final judgment of that court where the matter in dispute is of the value of $2,250.

This is a writ of error sued out by the Baltimore and Potomac Railroad Company, the defendant below, on the 6th of December, 1875, to reverse a judgment rendered against it for $2,250 by the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia. At that time secs. 846 and 847 of the Revised Statutes relating to the District of Columbia, defining the jurisdiction of this Court in that class of cases, were in force.

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They are as follows:

"SEC. 846. Any final judgment, order, or decree of the Supreme Court of the District may be reexamined and reversed or affirmed in the Supreme Court of the United States upon writ of error or appeal in the same cases and in like manner as provided by law in reference to the final judgments, orders, and decrees of the circuit courts of the United States."

"SEC. 847. No cause shall be removed from the Supreme Court of the District to the Supreme Court of the United States by appeal or writ of error unless the matter in dispute in such cause shall be of the value of $1,000 or upward, exclusive of costs, except in the cases provided for in the following section."

On the 25th of February, 1879, Congress passed

"An Act to create an additional Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia, and for the better administration of justice in said District,"

secs. 4 and 5 of which are as follows:

"SEC. 4. The final judgment or decree of the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia in any case where the matter in dispute, exclusive of costs, exceeds the value of $2,500, may be reexamined and reversed or affirmed in the Supreme Court of the United States upon writ of error or appeal in the same manner and under the same regulations as are provided in cases of writs of error on judgments or appeals from decrees rendered in a circuit court."

"SEC. 5. All acts or parts of acts inconsistent with the provisions of this act are hereby repealed."

The defendant in error now moves to dismiss the writ of error on the ground that the jurisdiction of this Court has been taken away.

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