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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Committee for a Fair Judiciary Statement on Mattew S. Petersen's Withdrawal

"There is little doubt that the principled and meticulous questioning by Senator John Kennedy played a major role in Matthew S. Petersen's decision to withdraw his nomination for a lifetime appointment to the federal bench.  Senator Kennedy's questioning illustrates that serious vetting of judicial nominations should not be a partisan issue.   

Those who would occupy lifetime positions on our nation's federal courts should have unimpeachable credentials.  Ensuring that this fundamental qualification is met is the responsibility of each United States Senator, regardless of the side of the aisle on which he or she sits.  Anything less constitutes an abandonment of the advice and consent role that our Constitution assigns to the Senate in the judicial nominations process." 

- Robert Raben, Founder, Committee for a Fair Judiciary 


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