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 8/9/2016 – Fill Supreme Court vacancy: Our view
Seven years ago, Sonia Sotomayor was sworn in as a justice of the Supreme Court, 74 days after her nomination by President Obama. Less than a year later, Elena Kagan took her seat on the court, 89 days after being nominated. read full story

Sub News Item 8/9/2016 – End the outrageous delay on Garland’s nomination
It has been almost six months since Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died unexpectedly, and almost five months since President Obama nominated Merrick Garland, the widely respected and centrist chief judge of the federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., to succeed him. read full story

Sub News Item 8/8/2016 – Did Obama win the judicial wars?
President Barack Obama was fired up. He had just revealed his Supreme Court nominee in the Rose Garden, and as he began his next meeting with progressive legal activists in the Roosevelt Room, he couldn’t stop rhapsodizing about his choice to cap his judicial legacy. read full story

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Upcoming Events


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Recommended Readings

  • 8/21/2016: End logjam of gridlock, fill federal court slots: Where We Stand
    An emergency exists in Florida's federal court system and the group responsible for fixing the problem — the U.S. Senate — just yawns and shrugs its collective shoulders. Its no surprise that a branch of Congress is incapable of needed action, but the situation has grown dire. And it's not just Florida that is suffering.
  • 8/22/2016: Letter: Sweet also deserves a vote on nomination
    In her Aug. 14 Another Voice column in The News, Vanessa Glushefski writes of the extreme importance of the U.S. Senate doing its job and providing “advice and consent” on the president’s selection for the U.S. Supreme Court. She is absolutely correct. Merrick Garland has now been waiting longer than any other Supreme Court nominee.

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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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