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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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The Daily Beast: It’s Not Just Merrick Garland: Republicans Are Blocking So Many Nominees It’s Caused a Judicial Emergency

It’s not just Merrick Garland—this Senate isn’t confirming anybody.

That’s the takeaway from a variety of new data that has emerged in the wake of the Garland stalemate, showing that his non-confirmation (and non-hearing) is the rule, rather than the exception, for the Republican-led Senate.

“It’s absolutely absurd,” Marge Baker, executive vice president of liberal group People for the American Way (PFAW) told The Daily Beast. PFAW has been tracking the issue closely and released new findings this week. “And it’s qualitatively different from anything that has gone before.”

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Wall Street Journal: Obama Says Garland Fight Putting Federal Court System’s Legitimacy at Risk

Appearing in Chicago on Thursday to make the case for his Supreme Court pick Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama said that the political infighting over the next nominee threatened the legitimacy of federal court system.

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USA Today | Supreme Court struggles with just eight justices

Days after Justice Antonin Scalia's death last month, two of his eight remaining colleagues were asked how the Supreme Court would function without him."For the most part, it will not change," Justice Stephen Breyer said of the day-to-day workload. Added Justice Samuel Alito, matter-of-factly: "We will deal with it."
If the past few weeks are any indication, however, change has come to the high court, and the justices are dealing with it in fits and starts.

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Washington Post | Americans say by 2-to-1 that Senate should hold hearings on Obama’s Supreme Court nominee

Democrats are hoping to make Senate elections in a handful of swing and blue states a referendum on Republicans' Supreme Court blockade, and new polling suggests they may have a shot.
According to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, a sizable majority of Americans — including a strong contingent of independents — think the Senate should at least hold hearings on President Obama's nominee to the Supreme Court.

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