Updated November 19, 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 vacancies. The duration of the vacancies ranges from 1,074 days to 235 days. The president has made 5 nominations. The most recent nominees are Patrick J. Bumatay, Daniel P. Collins, and Kenneth Kiyul Klee. Their nominations were submitted to the Senate Judiciary Committee on November 13, 2018.
Ninth Circuit district courts are authorized 112 judgeships. There are 20 vacancies with 2 future vacancies announced. The duration of the vacancies ranges from 1,571 to 15 days. The president has made 5 nominations. The nominees are 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. Their nominations were submitted to the Senate Judiciary Committee on November 13, 2018. 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. 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 20 district court vacancies are considered judicial emergencies based on criteria established by the Judicial Conference of the United States.