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JUDGES MATTER

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Our Work

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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News

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

 

Resources

While the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court dominates the news, the federal courts continue to face long-standing vacancies.