Judicial Vacancies and Nominations


Updated January 9, 2020

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. All 29 judgeships are currently filled.

Ninth Circuit district courts are authorized 112 judgeships. There are 25 current vacancies and one future vacancy announced. The duration of the vacancies ranges from 1,988 days to 9 days. Fifteen of the 17 judicial nominations pending, when the First Session of the 116th Congress adjourned on January 3, 2020, were returned to the president per Standing Rules of the Senate. The nominations of John C. Hinderaker and Scott H. Rash for the District of Arizona were held “in status quo” per Standing Rules of the Senate.

Twenty-three of the current vacancies on the district courts are considered judicial emergencies based on criteria established by the Judicial Conference of the United States.

Judicial Vacancies and Nominations