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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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 6/21/2016 – American Bar Association: Garland ‘well qualified’ for Supreme Court
"The Standing Committee unanimously concluded that Judge Garland merits our highest rating and is 'Well Qualified' for appointment to the Supreme Court of the United States," said Karol Corbin Walker, chair of the ABA's Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary. read full story

Sub News Item 6/16/2016 – Senate panel advances Schott to federal appeals court
The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday advanced the nomination of Wisconsin lawyer Donald Schott to fill the longest judicial vacancy of its kind. read full story

Sub News Item 6/5/2016 – Waiting for next president, confirmations of federal trial judges stall
An exodus of older judges has created a spike in vacancies at federal trial courts nationwide, intensifying complaints that election-year fights over ideological control of the bench now extend to lower-court appointments. read full story

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Upcoming Events


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Recommended Readings

  • 6/3/2016: Will eight justices become the new normal?
    With 24 cases still to decide this term and only eight justices to decide them, the Supreme Court has mustered all its resources to find (or manufacture) consensus. Many rulings — even those with lopsided majorities — hint strongly of compromise.
  • 6/2/2016: The Senate Republicans, Merrick Garland and the Lessons of History
    On February 13, the very day of Justice Antonin Scalia’s untimely death, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stunningly announced that the Senate, under Republican control, would not consider any nominee President Barack Obama put forth to succeed Justice Scalia.

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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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