2Center or American Progress | Federal Judicial Emergencies
Six judicial emergencies at the federal circuit court level:
As o November 9, 2012, here are six judicial emergencies in he ollowing circui cours: –(2) Fih Circui —exas, Louisiana, Mississippi–(1) Sevenh Circui —Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin –(1) Ninh Circui — Alaska, Washingon, Oregon, Idaho, Monana, Caliornia, Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii –(2) Elevenh Circui Cour o Appeals — Alabama, Georgia, Florida
Twenty-seven judicial emergencies at the district court level:
As o November 9, 2012, here are 27 judicial emergencies in he ollowing disric cours: –(1) Easern Disric o New York –(1) Wesern Disric o New York –(2) Middle Disric o Pennsylvania –(1) Easern Disric o Norh Carolina –(2) Easern Disric o exas –(1) Wesern Disric o exas –(1) Easern Disric o Michigan –(1) Norhern Disric o Illinois –(1) Wesern Disric o Wisconsin –(2) Disric o Arizona –(3) Cenral Disric o Caliornia –(2) Easern Disric o Caliornia –(4) Norhern Disric o Caliornia –(2) Middle Disric o Florida –(1) Souhern Disric o Florida –(2) Norhern Disric o Georgia
What does this mean for average Americans?
In Arizona, he ederal disric cour’s elony caseload has nearly doubled in jus wo years rom 3,023 in 2008 o5,219 in 2010—seting he cour on an unsusainable pah ha will drown ou oher liigan’s abiliy o seek jusice. Arizona’s disric cour, declared a judicial emergency in January 2011, enaced a yearlong suspension o ederally mandaed speedy rial limiaions because o he cour’s vacancy crisis. In souh exas, a ederal rial judge’s criminalcaseload can be nearly six imes he normal caseload. As exas ederal Judge W. Royal Furgeson explains, his meansha judges are oen only able o devoe as much ime o major rials as judges in “nigh rac cour” have ime odevoe o small nes or minor driving ofenses. As a resul, employers and workers can wai years o remove hecloud o uncerainy a legal complain imposes upon heir businesses or o vindicae heir righs.For more inormaion on judicial vacancies and nominaions, go o www.judicialnominaions.org.