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.

All Nominees






Judicial Nominations At A Glance

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09/09/2014 – Composition of the Federal Courts of Appeal
See the composition of the federal courts of appeal. Also see our nominations infographic! read full story

In the News…

Sub News Item 09/08/2014 – After Long Wait, Senate Confirms Pryor to Federal Appeals Bench
A 2 1/2-year odyssey for Jill Pryor ended Monday night when the U.S. Senate confirmed her to serve as a judge on the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta. read full story

Sub News Item 09/05/2014 – JNC CUTS LIST TO 3 FOR OPEN DISTRICT SEAT (UPDATED)
Congrats to the finalists.  Now it's up to Nelson/Rubio and Obama for the nomination. read full story

Sub News Item 08/08/2014 – Senate Holds Pro Forma to Save Pending Nominations
The Senate held a brief pro forma session on Friday to save dozens of President Obama’s pending nominations. Earlier this week, the House and Senate both passed an adjournment agreement, but the Senate still had to hold a pro forma on Friday, so executive and judicial nominees pending on the executive calendar weren’t sent back to Obama’s desk. read full story

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Recommended Readings

  • 09/17/2014: Senators Shelby, Sessions Want Mark Fuller to Resign
    Alabama's two U.S. senators on Wednesday called for U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller to step down from the bench, joining a growing chorus of federal lawmakers seeking the judge's resignation after his arrest on domestic violence charges last month.
  • 09/17/2014: Senate’s Unfinished Business: Fill Judicial Vacancies
    The Senate has one week until it adjourns for its pre-election recess. While several bills are making their way through the upper house, the arena in which it can have the most impact is in confirming President Obama’s judicial nominees. So far this year, the upper house has filled 68 vacancies on the Federal bench, more than in all of 2013.

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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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