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 6/26/2017 – To Ram Through Judges, GOP Senators Consider Yielding Power to Trump White House
With the White House’s initial batch of 11 nominations for lifetime appointments—with most of the names taken from lists compiled by the conservative Federalist Society and Heritage Foundation—before the U.S. Senate, Republicans there are warning that they may change the rules to push them through over Democratic objections. read full story

Sub News Item 6/23/2017 – Democrats Accuse Republicans Of Trying To Rush Through Trump’s Judicial Nominees
At this time last year, Democrats were accusing Republicans of dragging their feet on President Obama’s judicial nominees. Now, Democrats say Republicans are rushing to push through President Trump’s picks. The Senate Judiciary Committee this week scheduled a June 28 confirmation hearing for two of Trump’s lower court nominees — Trevor McFadden and Timothy Kelly, both nominated for seats on the federal district court in Washington, DC. read full story

Sub News Item 6/22/2017 – Democrats raise alarm on Senate judicial confirmation hearing
The Senate Judiciary Committee is plowing ahead with confirmation hearings for two of President Donald Trump’s nominees to the federal courts next week, almost certainly without formal ratings from the American Bar Association — a move infuriating Democrats who say the nonpartisan group needs more time to rate Trump’s judicial candidates. read full story

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Upcoming Events


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Recommended Readings

  • 6/21/2017: Trump’s Most Lasting Legacy?
    With the investigation into Russia and the Trump campaign, the firing of former FBI Director James Comey, the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, the already controversial healthcare bill and the never-ending saga of Press Secretary Sean Spicer, it would seem that the Trump administration is in a tailspin, grappling daily with an onslaught of unforced errors and unforeseen consequences, too busy putting out the latest fire (or dousing it with gasoline) to pay too much heed to actually moving the ball forward.
  • 6/14/2017: There’s a Lot Going on Right Now, But Keep an Eye on the Courts
    On Wednesday, when everybody's attention was drawn elsewhere, three of the president*'s nominees to the federal bench met the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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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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