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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04/01/2014 – Composition of the Federal Courts of Appeal
See the composition of the federal courts of appeal. Also see our nominations infographic! read full story

In the News…

Sub News Item 04/03/2014 – Obama Taps L.A.’s Top Federal Prosecutor for District Court Bench
André Birotte Jr., the chief federal prosecutor in Los Angeles, has been nominated by President Obama to serve as a judge in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, the White House announced Thursday. read full story

Sub News Item 03/31/2014 – Senate Confirms Owens to Ninth Circuit
The Senate voted 56-43 Monday to confirm John Owens to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit. Last week, the Senate voted 54-44 to end debate on his nomination. After Democrats used the "nuclear option" last year, only 51 votes are needed to end debate on most nominees instead of 60 votes. read full story

Sub News Item 03/31/2014 – Senate Vote Could End Feud Over Ninth Circuit Seat
The Senate today is expected to fill the longest judicial vacancy in the federal courts with a vote that could end nearly a decade of quarreling over a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. read full story

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Upcoming Events

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Recommended Readings

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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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