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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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 9/15/2016 – Texas has a judge problem – not enough on the federal bench
Texas has a problem with judges - mainly that there aren't enough of them on the federal bench. The state has 12 federal judicial openings, the most in the nation, and only five active judges hearing cases in the Eastern District of Texas. read full story

Sub News Item 9/15/2016 – Lucy Koh from South Bay gets Senate panel OK for appeals court
Lucy Koh, who has refereed Silicon Valley wars over patents and employment in six years as a federal judge, moved a step closer to a federal appeals court seat Thursday when the Republican-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee approved her nomination. read full story

Sub News Item 9/14/2016 – Dem senator wants to change nomination rules amid Garland fight
Sen. Tom Udall is proposing changing the Senate rules for voting on judicial nominations, as Democrats double down on an entrenched fight over confirming Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland. read full story

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Upcoming Events

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Click on a link below to learn more about upcoming events addressing judicial nominations:

Recommended Readings

  • 7/19/2016: Senate puts politics above Constitution
    As President Barack Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court enters its third month of Senate Republican inaction, a great irony has emerged. The Supreme Court is the nation’s leading institution for interpreting the law.
  • 9/5/2016: Senate needs to confirm federal judges for SC
    No one likes to wait on hold. Unless you are an elevator music enthusiast, putting your life on hold can be difficult, even if just for a few minutes. Yet, our nation’s judicial nominees are waiting for months for the U.S. Senate to pick up the phone.

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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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