Judicial Emergencies

A judicial emergency is defined as the following:

Circuit Court:

  • Any vacancy in a Court of Appeal where adjusted filings per panel are in excess of 700, or
  • Any vacancy in existence more than 18 months where adjusted filings are between 500 to 700 per panel.

District Court:

  • Any vacancy where weighted filings are in excess of 600 per judgeship; or
  • Any vacancy in existence for more than 18 months where weighted filings are between 430 and 600 per judgeship; or
  • Any court with more than one authorized judgeship and only one active judge.

Judicial Vacancies

Supreme Court

First Circuit

  • District of Maine
    • 1 vacancy
      • Vacant since: 6/27/2017
    • No nominee
  • District of Massachusetts
    • 1 current vacancy
      • Vacant since: 06/01/2015
    • 1 future vacancy
      • To be vacated: 1/1/2018
    • No nominee
  • District of Puerto Rico
    • 1 vacancy
      • Vacant since: 6/1/2016
    • No nominee
  • District of Rhode Island
    • 1 vacancy
      • Vacant since: 10/01/2015
    • No nominee

Second Circuit

  • Court of Appeals
    • 2 vacancies
      • Vacant since: 8/1/2016, 9/5/2016
    • 2 judicial emergencies
    • No nominee
  • District of Connecticut
    • 1 vacancy
      • Vacant since: 1/1/2017
    • No nominee
  • Eastern District of New York
    • 4 vacancies
      • Vacant since: 01/21/2015, 3/9/2016, 11/30/2016, 2/28/2017
    • 1 judical emergency
    • No nominee
  • Northern District of New York
    • 1 vacancy
      • Vacant since: 01/01/2016
    • No nominee
  • Southern District of New York
    • 2 vacancies
      • Vacant since: 08/01/2015, 3/1/2017
    • 1 judical emergency
    • No nominee
  • Western District of New York
    • 1 vacancy
      • Vacant since: 03/08/2015
    • 1 judical emergency
    • No nominee

Third Circuit

  • Court of Appeals
    • 3 vacancies
      • Vacant since: 07/01/2015, 7/18/2016, 2/1/2017
    • 1 nominee
      • Stephanos Bibas , nominated 6/19/2017 for seat vacated 7/1/2015
  • District of Delaware
    • 2 vacancies
      • Vacant since: 2/3/2017, 5/1/2017
    • No nominee
  • District of New Jersey
    • 3 vacancies
      • Vacant since: 03/06/2015, 02/10/2015, 5/31/2017
    • 2 judicial emergencies
    • No nominee
  • Eastern District of Pennsylvania
    • 3 vacancies
      • Vacant since: 11/18/2013, 1/11/2016, 4/3/2017
    • No nominee
  • Western District of Pennsylvania
    • 4 current vacancies
      • Vacant since: 04/24/2013, 09/30/2013, 08/16/2013, 6/3/2016
    • 1 future vacancy
      • To be vacated: 11/24/2017
    • No nominee

Fourth Circuit

  • District of Maryland
    • 1 vacancy
      • Vacant since: 02/01/2016
    • No nominee
  • Eastern District of North Carolina
    • 1 vacancy
      • Vacant since: 12/31/05
    • 1 judical emergency
    • 1 nominee
      • Thomas Farr , nominated 7/13/2017 for seat vacated 12/31/2005
  • Western District of North Carolina
    • 1 future vacancy
      • To be vacated: 8/31/2017
    • No nominee
  • District of South Carolina
    • 2 vacancies
      • Vacant since: 10/03/13, 11/16/2014
    • 2 judicial emergencies
    • No nominee
  • Eastern District of Virginia
    • 1 future vacancy
      • To be vacated: 9/30/2017
    • No nominee
  • Northern District of West Virginia
    • 1 future vacancy
      • To be vacated: 8/12/2017
    • No nominee

Fifth Circuit

  • Court of Appeals
    • 3 current vacancies
      • Vacant since: 08/01/12, 12/31/2013, 12/31/2016
    • 1 future vacancy
      • To be vacated: 10/3/2017
    • 3 judicial emergencies
    • No nominee
  • Eastern District of Louisiana
    • 2 current vacancies
      • Vacant since: 06/29/2015, 8/23/2016
    • 1 future vacancy
      • To be vacated: 11/30/2017
    • 2 judicial emergencies
    • No nominee
  • Western District of Louisiana
    • 3 vacancies
      • Vacant since: 3/6/2015, 5/31/2016, 6/5/2017
    • No nominee
  • Southern District of Mississippi
    • 1 future vacancy
      • To be vacated: 3/23/2018
    • No nominee
  • Eastern District of Texas
    • 3 current vacancies
      • Vacant since: 03/10/2015, 05/15/2015, 1/7/2016
    • 1 future vacancy
      • To be vacated: 2/28/2018
    • 3 judicial emergencies
    • No nominee
  • Northern District of Texas
    • 4 vacancies
      • Vacant since: 07/03/2013, 01/15/2015, 5/1/2016, 2/3/2016
    • 2 judicial emergencies
    • No nominee
  • Southern District of Texas
    • 2 vacancies
      • Vacant since: 06/01/11, 05/20/2014
    • 2 judicial emergencies
    • No nominee
  • Western District of Texas
    • 2 vacancies
      • Vacant since: 02/13/2015, 9/14/2016
    • 2 judicial emergencies
    • No nominee

Sixth Circuit

  • Court of Appeals
    • 1 future vacancy
      • To be vacated: TBD
    • 1 nominee
      • Joan Louise Larsen , nominated 5/8/2017 for seat to be vacated in the future.
  • Eastern District of Kentucky
    • 2 vacancies
      • Vacant since: 1/08/2013, 5/25/2017
    • 1 nominee
      • Claria Boom , nominated 6/13/2017 for seat vacated 1/8/2013
  • Western District of Kentucky
    • 1 vacancy
      • Vacant since: 04/01/2014
    • No nominee
  • Eastern District of Michigan
    • 1 vacancy
      • Vacant since: 10/26/2016
    • No nominee
  • Western District of Michigan
    • 1 vacancy
      • Vacant since: 1/31/2017
    • No nominee
  • Northern District of Ohio
    • 1 vacancy
      • Vacant since: 1/1/2017
    • No nominee
  • Southern District of Ohio
    • 2 vacancies
      • Vacant since: 5/2/2016, 6/30/2017
    • No nominee
  • Middle District of Tennessee
    • 2 vacancies
      • Vacant since: 12/1/2016, 4/17/2017
    • 2 judicial emergencies
    • 2 nominees
      • Eli Richardson , nominated 7/13/2017 for seat vacated 12/1/2016
      • William Campbell Jr. , nominated 7/13/2017 for seat vacated 4/15/2017
  • Western District of Tennessee
    • 2 vacancies
      • Vacant since: 07/01/2015, 3/18/2017
    • 2 nominees
      • Thomas Parker , nominated 7/13/2017 for seat vacated 7/1/2015
      • Mark Norris Sr. , nominated 7/13/2017 for seat vacated 3/18/2017

Seventh Circuit

  • Court of Appeals
    • 3 vacancies
      • Vacant since: 1/7/10, 02/18/2015, 6/5/2017
    • 2 judicial emergencies
    • 1 nominee
      • Amy Coney Barrett , nominated 5/8/2017 for seat vacated 2/18/2015
  • Northern District of Illinois
    • 2 vacancies
      • Vacant since: 10/21/2016, 3/1/2017
    • No nominee
  • Northern District of Indiana
    • 1 current vacancy
      • Vacant since: 01/11/2016
    • 1 future vacancy
      • To be vacated: 9/29/2017
    • No nominee
  • Southern District of Indiana
    • 1 vacancy
      • Vacant since: 06/30/2014
    • 1 judical emergency
    • No nominee
  • Eastern District of Wisconsin
    • 1 vacancy
      • Vacant since: 2/5/2016
    • No nominee

Eighth Circuit

  • Court of Appeals
    • 3 vacancies
      • Vacant since: 04/22/2015, 11/29/2016, 6/30/2017
    • 1 judical emergency
    • 2 nominees
      • Ralph Erickson , nominated 6/7/2017 for seat vacated 4/22/2015
      • David Ryan Stras , nominated 5/8/2017 for seat vacated 11/29/2016
  • Eastern District of Arkansas
    • 1 future vacancy
      • To be vacated: 3/31/2018
    • No nominee
  • Northern District of Iowa
    • 1 future vacancy
      • To be vacated: 10/1/2017
    • No nominee
  • District of Minnesota
    • 2 vacancies
      • Vacant since: 5/31/2016, 10/31/2016
    • No nominee
  • Eastern District of Missouri
    • 1 future vacancy
      • To be vacated: 8/31/2017
    • No nominee
  • District of North Dakota
    • 1 future vacancy
      • To be vacated: TBD
    • No nominee

Ninth Circuit

  • Court of Appeals
    • 4 vacancies
      • Vacant since: 12/11/2015, 10/11/2016, 12/31/2016, 12/31/2016
    • 4 judicial emergencies
    • No nominee
  • District of Alaska
    • 1 vacancy
      • Vacant since: 12/31/2015
    • No nominee
  • District of Arizona
    • 2 current vacancies
      • Vacant since: 9/1/2016, 7/5/2016
    • 1 future vacancy
      • To be vacated: 4/6/2018
    • 2 judicial emergencies
    • No nominee
  • Central District of California
    • 5 vacancies
      • Vacant since: 08/01/2014, 10/29/2015, 01/28/2016, 11/23/2016, 1/6/2017
    • 2 judicial emergencies
    • No nominee
  • Southern District of California
    • 1 current vacancy
      • Vacant since: 9/30/2016
    • 1 future vacancy
      • To be vacated: 12/31/2017
    • No nominee
  • District of Hawaii
    • 1 vacancy
      • Vacant since: 11/06/2015
    • No nominee
  • District of Nevada
    • 1 vacancy
      • Vacant since: 2/1/2016
    • No nominee
  • District of Oregon
    • 1 future vacancy
      • To be vacated: 7/27/2017
    • No nominee
  • Western District of Washington
    • 3 vacancies
      • Vacant since: 02/06/2016, 01/27/2016, 6/28/2016
    • No nominee

Tenth Circuit

  • Court of Appeals
    • 1 current vacancy
      • Vacant since: 4/7/2017
    • 1 future vacancy
      • To be vacated: TBD
    • 1 nominee
      • Allison Eid , nominated 6/7/2017 for seat vacated 4/7/2017
  • District of Colorado
    • 1 vacancy
      • Vacant since: 04/12/2016
    • No nominee
  • District of Kansas
    • 2 vacancies
      • Vacant since: 04/22/2014, 5/1/2017
    • No nominee
  • Western District of Oklahoma
    • 3 vacancies
      • Vacant since: 07/07/2013, 12/01/2014, 07/14/2015
    • 2 nominees
      • Charles Goodwin , nominated 7/13/2017 for seat vacated 7/14/2015
      • Scott L. Palk , nominated 5/8/2017 for seat vacated 12/1/2014
        • Reported by Committee: 6/15/2017
  • District of Utah
    • 1 vacancy
      • Vacant since: 09/01/2014
    • 1 judical emergency
    • No nominee

Eleventh Circuit

  • Court of Appeals
    • 1 vacancy
      • Vacant since: 10/25/2013
    • 1 judical emergency
    • 1 nominee
      • Kevin Christopher Newsom , nominated 5/8/2017 for seat vacated 10/25/2013
        • Hearing Date: 6/14/2017
        • Questionnaire
        • Reported by Committee: 7/13/2017
  • Middle District of Alabama
    • 2 vacancies
      • Vacant since: 08/22/2013, 08/01/2015
    • 2 judicial emergencies
    • No nominee
  • Northern District of Alabama
    • 2 vacancies
      • Vacant since: 08/31/2013, 05/08/2015
    • No nominee
  • Southern District of Alabama
    • 2 vacancies
      • Vacant since: 03/07/2016, 6/8/2017
    • 2 judicial emergencies
    • No nominee
  • Middle District of Florida
    • 2 current vacancies
      • Vacant since: 06/03/2015, 08/1/15
    • 1 future vacancy
      • To be vacated: 8/29/2017
    • 2 judicial emergencies
    • No nominee
  • Northern District of Florida
    • 2 vacancies
      • Vacant since: 12/31/2015, 11/7/2016
    • 1 judical emergency
    • No nominee
  • Southern District of Florida
    • 4 vacancies
      • Vacant since: 05/12/2014, 8/5/2016, 1/31/2017, 7/1/2017
    • 4 judicial emergencies
    • No nominee
  • Middle District of Georgia
    • 1 vacancy
      • Vacant since: 9/1/2016
    • 2 nominees
      • Michael Brown , nominated 7/13/2017 for seat vacated 7/21/2014
      • Tilman Self III , nominated 7/13/2017 for seat vacated 9/1/2016
  • Northern District of Georgia
    • 2 vacancies
      • Vacant since: 07/21/2014, 3/31/2017
    • 1 judical emergency
    • 1 nominee
      • William Ray II , nominated 7/13/2017 for seat vacated 3/31/2017
  • Southern District of Georgia
    • 1 vacancy
      • Vacant since: 2/28/2017
    • No nominee

Federal Circuit

Circuit of the District of Columbia

  • District of District of Columbia
    • 4 vacancies
      • Vacant since: 12/31/2015, 3/16/2016, 5/18/2016, 12/31/2016
    • 3 nominees
      • Trevor McFadden , nominated 6/7/2017 for seat vacated 12/31/2016
        • Hearing Date: 6/28/2017
        • Questionnaire
        • Reported by Committee: 7/20/2017
      • Timothy Kelly , nominated 6/7/2017 for seat vacated 5/18/2016
        • Hearing Date: 6/28/2017
        • Questionnaire
        • Reported by Committee: 7/13/2017
      • Dabney Friedrich , nominated 6/7/2017 for seat vacated 12/31/2015

Court of International Trade

    • 2 vacancies
      • Vacant since: 07/01/2014, 08/22/2014
    • No nominee

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