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American Bar Association Letter on need to create new federal judgeships (10/29/13)
"The district courts in which the Judicial Conference is recommending additional judgeships currently are laboring under weighted case filings of almost 630 per authorized judgeship, far above the 430 weighted caseload threshold. ... In some jurisdictions, caseloads are dramatically worse: judges of the District of Arizona and the Western District of Texas have caseloads that exceed 700 weighted filings, and judges in three districts – the Eastern District of California, the Eastern District of Texas, and the District of Delaware – labor to dispense timely justice with weighted caseloads of over 1,000 per judge. ... Congress should quickly move to establish new judgeships in the five district courts singled out by the Judicial Conference for immediate relief -- the District of Arizona, the Eastern District of California, the District of Delaware, the Eastern District of Texas, and the Western District of Texas. The astronomically high caseloads under which they struggle are indisputable – and indefensible."

Idaho Chief U.S. District Judge & Chief Bankruptcy Judge (08/15/13)
Judges B. Lynn Winmill & Terry L. Myers: "we have only two authorized judgeships, even though our caseload and population suggest we should have at least three district judges. Plus, we are perhaps the only district in the United States with no senior judges"

American Bar Association approved Resolution supporting enactment of comprehensive legislation to authorize needed permanent and temporary federal judgeships (08/13/13)
"FURTHER RESOLVED, That the American Bar Association urges the President of the United States to advance nominees for current vacancies for federal judicial positions promptly and the United States Senate to hear and vote on those nominations expeditiously, with particular focus on the vacancies in the federal districts with identified judicial emergencies so that affected courts may adjudicate all cases in a fair, just and timely manner."

Ninth Circuit Courts Welcome Senate Introduction of Judgeship Bill (07/31/13)
Chief Judge Alex Kozinski of the United St ates Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit today welcomed the introduction of legislation authorizing additional judgeships for the nation's most overburdened federal courts, many of which are in the western states. ... “We appreciate this effort to provide the judiciary with additional resources. A number of courts here in the Ninth Circuit are struggling to contend with overwhelming caseloads. This bill would provide much needed relief to our judges and staff, and serve the public by ensuring swifter resolution of critical legal issues,” Judge Kozinski said.

Justice at Stake letter in support of the Federal Judgeship Act of 2013 (S. 1385) (07/31/13)
Justice at Stake (JAS) is a nonpartisan, national partnership of more than fifty organizations dedicated to keeping our courts fair and impartial.

American Bar Association Letter supporting immigration bill amendment creating new judgeships (06/19/13)
"In the district courts in southwest border states--those likely to feel the greatest impact from this legislation--the resource situation has already reached crisis proportion. We appreciate that the bill under consideration takes steps to ameliorate the dire conditions in these courts by authorizing a limited number of additional district court judgeships."

Justice at Stake letter supporting new judgeships Amendment (05/09/13)
"[A] bipartisan amendment being offered by Senator Feinstein on behalf of herself and Senators Cornyn, Cruz, and Flake ... would provide for additional federal judgeships in southwest border states. More precisely, the amendment would add two new judgeships in the District of Arizona, three new judgeships in the Eastern District of California, two new judgeships in the Eastern District of Texas, and one new judgeship in the Southern District of Texas. This amendment attempts to implement a narrow subset of the additional seats requested by the Judicial Conference of the United States, as explained in their April 5, 2013 letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee. The Judicial Conference, in tandem with the Administrative Office of the United States Courts (AO), has long served as the source of thoughtful, non-partisan analysis and recommendations on resource allocation within the federal courts. JAS commends this effort to implement a subset of the AO’s recommendations, particularly in areas where the judiciary might be disproportionately affected by comprehensive immigration reform."

State Bar Urges Federal Action to Fill Judicial Vacancies (05/20/11)
The following requests have been made by the State Bar: (1) The Board of Governors urges the Federal Government to take swift action to fill judicial vacancies; (2) The Board of Governors urges the Federal Government to take consider additional judgeships in the District of Arizona; (3) The Board of Governors urges the Federal Government to add more court staff and facilities, particularly in the Tucson Division.

Ninth Circuit Chief Judge Kozinski & 19 other judges letter to Senate: (11/15/10)
"[W]e write today to emphasize our desperate need for judges.... Courts cannot do their work if authorized judicial positions remain vacant. While we could certainly use more judges, and hope that Congress will soon approve the additional judgeships requested by the Judicial Conference, we would be greatly assisted if our judicial vacancies--some of which have been open for several years and declared “judicial emergencies”--were to be filled promptly. We respectfully request that the Senate act on judicial nominees without delay."

Federal Bar Association letter Re: S. 1653, The Federal Judgeship Act of 2009 (09/29/09)
"The assurance of the prompt and efficient administration of justice depends upon an adequate number of judges on the federal bench. Indeed, justice delayed is justice denied. It is now time to provide for Congress to assure the availability of swift justice everywhere in the United States by authorizing the comprehensive creation of adequate numbers of judgeships in the federal circuit and district courts, as recommended by the Judicial Conference and embodied in S. 1653."