Judicial Vacancies and Nominations

 

Updated October 22, 2018

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 current vacancies. The duration of the current vacancies ranges from 1,046 days to 207 days.  The president has made 2 nominations. On October 10, 2018, the president announced his “intent to nominate” candidates for three circuit seats. The nominees are Patrick J. Bumatay, Daniel P. Collins, and Kenneth Kiyul Klee. Official nomination papers have not been submitted and it has not been announced which vacancies the intended nominees would fill.

Ninth Circuit district courts are authorized 112 judgeships. There are currently 18 vacancies with 3 future vacancies announced. The duration of the current vacancies ranges from 1,543 to 83 days. The president has made 2 nominations. On July 13, 2018, the president announced his “intent to nominate” Tessa M. Gorman and Kathleen M. O’Sullivan to fill specified vacant judgeships on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. On October 10, 2018, the president announced his “intent to nominate” Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Stanley Blumenfeld and attorneys Jeremy B. Rosen and Mark C. Scarsi to serve on the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. Official nomination papers have not been submitted and it has not been announced which vacancies they would fill.

All of the current vacancies on the court of appeals and 12 of the 18 district court vacancies are considered judicial emergencies based on criteria established by the Judicial Conference of the United States.

 

Judicial Vacancies and Nominations