The Committee for a Fair Judiciary educates and informs Executive Branch officials, U.S. Senators, members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the American people about the importance of having a federal judiciary that interprets the Constitution, legislation and regulations in accordance with the principles and values that have made our country free and fair.
Currently, U.S. Circuit and District Courts face a shortage of judges. Vacant federal judgeships affect over 160 million Americans, and the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts has identified many of these vacancies as “judicial emergencies.” Often these emergency vacant judgeships have been unfilled for over a year—several years, in some cases—causing severe case backlogs. Despite this dire situation, nominees have languished in the Senate. For the latest statistics and information on the judicial vacancy crisis, see our list of resources.
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National Women’s Law Center
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National Council of Jewish Women
New York Times | Under Trump, the Federal Courts Will Be Up for Grabs
In a recent issue of Judicature, an academic journal for judges published by Duke University Law School, Timothy J. Corrigan, a federal district judge in Florida, reflected on “the most multifaceted, emotional, and challenging task a judge performs ” — sentencing convicted criminal defendants. Judge Corrigan wrote about the broad discretion that district judges exercise, describing experiences from his 14 years on the bench that were both heart-rending (tear-stained letters from young children begging mercy for their parents) and hair-raising (an assassination attempt). The article’s title, across the journal’s front cover, said it all: “Who Appointed Me God?” READ MORE
Washington Post | This is why Senate Republicans might (not) go nuclear
Last week’s elections placed the filibuster in the crosshairs of Senate Republicans. Many believe that unified Republican control of Congress and the White House come January will encourage Senate Democrats to filibuster the GOP agenda — leading Republicans to curtail the minority’s right to block Senate action.
We can’t know today, of course, if Republicans will “go nuclear,” a controversial parliamentary move that would empower a simple majority of the Senate to limit or eliminate the filibuster altogether. But let’s understand the political dynamics that might give rise to such an explosive move. READ MORE
While the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court dominates the news, the federal courts continue to face long-standing vacancies.