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 2/02/2016 – New federal judge should ease judicial logjam
NEWARK — The climate of political stagnation in recent times in the nation's capital had John Vazquez in a philosophical and reflective mood over the past year. read full story

Sub News Item 01/04/2016 – Clifton to step down as active federal appeals court judge
Federal judge Richard R. Clifton will step down from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals at the end of the year. Clifton, 65, of Honolulu will assume senior status on Dec. 31, after more than 14 years on the court. read full story

Sub News Item 12/15/2015 – U.S. Senate leader clears way for vote on Wilhelmina Wright as federal judge
Despite political gridlock that has stalled federal judge confirmations this year, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Tuesday he has no objection to allowing a Senate vote on five nominees early in 2016. read full story

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Upcoming Events


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Recommended Readings

  • 08/18/2015: Confirming federal judges during the final two years of the Obama administration: Vacancies up, nominees down
    The Senate began a month-long recess on August 7, having confirmed five judges in 2015 compared to 26 at this point in President Bush’s seventh year in office and 11 in President Clinton’s. Then, as now, the party that controlled the Senate hoped in 14 months to regain control of the White House and judicial nominations.
  • 06/08/2015: Reid Rips McConnell Over Judges
    Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Monday slammed Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) for suggesting the Senate wouldn't approve a new circuit court or Supreme Court justice for President Obama.

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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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