Judicial Vacancies, Nominations, and Confirmations
President Biden on March 30 nominated 10 candidates to serve as circuit appeals and district court judges. The list of nominees included three appeals court nominees to the Washington D.C. Circuit, the Seventh Circuit, and the Federal Circuit and seven nominees to district courts in Colorado, Maryland, New Jersey, New Mexico, and Washington, D.C. In all, nine of the ten nominees are women, and nine are people of color. Most have diverse legal experience as well, as defense and prosecution lawyers, and in both criminal and civil practice. Currently, there are 74 vacancies for Article III judges.
Current vacancies in numbers:
Appeal Court Judges: 7
District Court Judges: 64
International Trade Court Judges: 2
Judicial Conference Recommends 79 Additional Judgeships.
The Judicial Conference of the United States on March 16 recommended to Congress that it create two new court of appeals judgeships and 77 new district judgeships. The Conference also recommended that nine temporary district judgeships be converted to permanent status. The Judicial Conference proposal would give California the most new district court judgeships -- 30 in all and would establish two new seats on the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. The proposal also would create a dozen new district court judgeships in Texas, 11 in Florida (7 in the Middle District), and five in New Jersey. Congress last enacted a comprehensive bill to increase the number of appellate and district judgeships in 1990. Since then the caseload in the district courts rose 47 percent, with civil cases up by 41 percent and criminal filings up by 72 percent. Filings in the courts of appeals rose 12 percent.