Judicial Vacancies and Nominations

 

Updated January 18, 2019

This page provides information about the judgeship vacancies on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and on the 15 federal district courts within the circuit.

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is authorized 29 judgeships. There are 6 vacancies. The duration of the vacancies ranges from 1,135 days to 296 days. Judicial nominations pending when the 115th Congress concluded on January 3, 2019, were returned to the president under the Standing Rules of the Senate. The president has not made any nominations thus far in the 116th session of Congress.

Ninth Circuit district courts are authorized 112 judgeships. There are 20 vacancies with 3 future vacancies announced. The duration of the vacancies ranges from 1,631 days to 75 days. Judicial nominations pending when the 115th Congress concluded on January 3, 2019, were returned to the president under the Standing Rules of the Senate.

All the current vacancies on the court of appeals and 12 of the 20 district court vacancies are considered judicial emergencies based on criteria established by the Judicial Conference of the United States.

Senate Rule referenced above is available online at https://www.rules.senate.gov/rules-of-the-senate.

Judicial Vacancies and Nominations