Judicial Vacancies


The following is a list of the judgeships that have been vacant for longer than all others. Click on any vacancy for more information, or click below for information on all judicial vacancies.

All Vacancies

Pending Nominees


The following is a list of the judicial nominees who have been waiting the longest for confirmation. Click on any nominee for more information, or click below for information on all pending judicial nominees.

All Nominees

Judicial Nominations At A Glance

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10/01/2016 – Maps
See our maps showing current and projected vacancies, as well as the current composition of the federal courts of appeal. read full story

In the News…

Sub News Item 9/21/2017 – Mateer ‘Satan’ remarks: ‘That’s why you have Senate hearings’ on judges
When assistant state Attorney General Jeff Mateer goes before the Senate Judiciary Committee as a federal judge nominee, there will be strong echoes of Texas' transgender "bathroom bill" debate. read full story

Sub News Item 9/18/2017 – White House hits back at Oregon’s senators over appeals court nomination
In the ongoing dispute between the state's two U.S. senators and the Trump administration, the White House counsel accuses the lawmakers of failing to consider the administration's pick for a judicial vacancy on a federal appellate court. read full story

Sub News Item 9/14/2017 – Despite McConnell Reservations, Tool to Block Judicial Nominees May Stay
While Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called Wednesday for a change to a Senate tradition that lets senators block federal judges nominated in their home state, it remains unclear whether the old process will actually disappear. read full story

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Upcoming Events


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Recommended Readings

  • 9/15/2017: People bring U.S. Constitution to life
    Wherever you turn these days, it seems that someone is attacking the cornerstones of our democracy, such as freedom of the press, freedom of speech and fair and open elections. These threats make our Constitution more important than ever.  
  • 9/15/2017: Meet The Republican-Appointed State Supreme Court Justice Blocked By Blue Slips
    It’s not who you think. Meet Justice Lisabeth Hughes. Senator McConnell blocked her nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. By refusing to return his blue slip. This was in a very different time. A time when Republicans were for blue slips before now being against them. A time when Senator McConnell was willing to—in his own description this week as he opposed blue slips—“black ball” one of his state’s Supreme Court Justices, twice-appointed by a governor of his own party.

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The Role of the Courts

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  • Click here to view a document from the state of Maryland that includes a discussion of the concept of separation of powers and a description of the judicial branch.

  • Click here to view a document from the Federal Judicial Center that discusses the historical development of the federal judiciary.

How the Confirmation
Process Works

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Click here to view a slide show explaining how the confirmation process works.

Click on the links below to learn more about the invididual parts of the confirmation process.

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