CIT Jurisdiction Legislation
The Proposed "United States Court of International Trade Modernization Act"
For several years, CITBA has been working in close collaboration with the United States Court of International Trade to facilitate the consideration of legislation that will modernize and improve access to judicial review under the U.S. customs and international trade laws.
The proposed legislation has several purposes. One is to correct judicial anomalies that have come to light in case law since the United States Court of International Trade was created in the Customs Court Act of 1980. A second purpose is to mesh the Court's jurisdiction more closely with current agency procedures, notably including the widespread use of post-entry customs audits. A third purpose is to expand the Court's jurisdiction to include more U.S. statutes governing international trade. A fourth and related purpose is to rebalance the workload in the federal judiciary by giving the Court jurisdiction over areas of the law that are logically related to its current role.
The latest draft of the proposed legislation was circulated in early 2012. The proposed legislation and an explanation of the bill can be found below.
Proposed Legislation (2012)
Previous versions of the proposed legislation from September 2008, June 2009, and August 2010, together with a summary of each version, can be found below.
Proposed Legislation (September 2008)
Proposed Legislation (June 2009)
Proposed Legislation (August 2010)
If you have any comments on the proposed legislation, please contact Patrick Reed by clicking here.