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 10/19/2016 – Hatch, Lee say they would not back wholesale block of Clinton high court picks
Sens. Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee say they will vet whomever the next president — be that Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton — appoints to the Supreme Court and not seek to automatically block a Clinton nominee as a fellow Republican senator suggested this week. read full story

Sub News Item 10/19/2016 – Why the Supreme Court is a US election issue
When Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump debate the topic of the Supreme Court in their third debate, they will be outlining their vision for the future of the country well beyond the next presidential term. read full story

Sub News Item 10/19/2016 – McCain’s comment, ad campaign renew Supreme Court debate in Senate race
A new billboard in Des Moines and comments from a Republican colleague have rekindled the debate, but U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley remains adamant that the U.S. Senate should not hold hearings on a U.S. Supreme Court nominee until next year after a new president and Congress are sworn in. read full story

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


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


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


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


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

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