Christian County Circuit Court

City: Taylorville

County: Christian

State: IL

In 1839, the Illinois General Assembly placed the Christian County Circuit Court in the Eighth Judicial Circuit. As the Eighth was Abraham Lincoln's home circuit during most of the years he was a traveling circuit lawyer, Lincoln was frequently in Taylorville to practice in the Christian County Circuit Court. Christian remained on the Eighth Judicial Circuit until 1853, when it moved to the Seventeenth.

An Act Dividing the State into Judicial Circuits; "An Act to Establish the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit, and to Fix the Time of Holding Courts in Said Circuit," 12 February 1853, General Laws of the State of Illinois (1853), 61-62; For Lincoln's cases in Christian County, under "Court Type" search "Christian County Circuit Court," Martha L. Benner and Cullom Davis et al., eds., The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln: Complete Documentary Edition, 2d edition (Springfield: Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, 2009), http://www.lawpracticeofabrahamlincoln.org.