Judicial Vacancies

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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

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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.

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Judicial Nominations At A Glance

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06/10/2015 – Maps
See our maps showing current and projected vacancies, as well as the current composition of the federal courts of appeal. Also see our nominations infographic! read full story

In the News…

Sub News Item 5/23/2016 – Texas Has Nation’s Highest Number Of Judicial Vacancies In Federal Courts
Texas is currently the state with the highest number of judicial vacancies in federal courts and the situation is slowing down the justice system in the state. Texas has 12 vacancies, 10 of them in district courts and the other two in circuit courts. read full story

Sub News Item 5/16/2016 – How a Vacancy on the Supreme Court Affects Cases in the 2015-16 Term
The empty seat left by Justice Antonin Scalia’s death, which Senate Republicans have vowed not to fill until after the election, leaves the court with two basic options for cases on the docket this term if the justices are deadlocked at 4 to 4. One is an automatic affirmance of the lower court decision. The other is setting the case aside for re-argument in the term that starts in October in the hope that it will be decided by a full court. read full story

Sub News Item 5/16/2016 – It’s Not Just Merrick Garland: Republicans Are Blocking So Many Nominees It’s Caused a Judicial Emergency
It’s not just Merrick Garland—this Senate isn’t confirming anybody. That’s the takeaway from a variety of new data that has emerged in the wake of the Garland stalemate, showing that his non-confirmation (and non-hearing) is the rule, rather than the exception, for the Republican-led Senate. read full story

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Upcoming Events

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Recommended Readings

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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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Videos

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11/20/2013: Pro-choice judicial nominees blocked

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11/19/2013: Is the judicial confirmation impasse impacting American justice?

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10/31/2013: Blocking judges: The minority’s most effective tactic?

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06/02/2013: The importance of the D.C. Circuit and the longevity of the filibuster

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11/01/12: Holding Court: Huffpost Live on the Future of the Supreme Court

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