Judicial Vacancies and Nominations

Judicial Vacancies and Nominations

Updated May 23, 2022

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. There are three future vacancies with dates to be determined. There is one nomination pending for the Ninth Circuit.

Ninth Circuit district courts are authorized 112 judgeships. There are *18 current vacancies and two future vacancies. The duration of the vacancies ranges from 2,399 days to seven days. There are two nominations pending for the Central District of California; one for the Eastern District of California; one for the Southern District of California; and one for the Western District of Washington.

Fourteen of the current vacancies on the district courts are considered judicial emergencies based on criteria established by the Judicial Conference of the United States.1

*Includes non-Article III vacancy for District of Guam.

1 https://www.uscourts.gov/judges-judgeships/judicial-vacancies/judicial-emergencies

Judicial Vacancies and Nominations

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