Capitol Hill has been getting most of the heat for the large number of judicial vacancies in the federal courts, but one D.C. advocacy group has issued a new report highlighting delays in the filling the bench before the nominees even reach the Senate.
The Alliance For Justice, a liberal public interest group that watches the nomination process, compiled the nation's vacant judicial spots and how long they have remained open without a nominee.
For those that haven’t paid attention, there are some shockers. For example, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has a position that has remained open for 3,200 days because of a dispute between California and Idaho senators about which state the nominee should be from.
There's also the 2,655-day vacancy for a judge spot in the Eastern District of North Carolina, 1,925-day vacancy for a spot in the Western District of Wisconsin, and the 1,619-day vacancy in the Northern District of Georgia.
"This new report shines a spotlight on this often-neglected part of the process," Alliance For Justice President Nan Aron said in a statement. "It illustrates the need for a renewed sense of urgency that should begin the moment a judgeship becomes vacant."
The data, including maps, is available on the group's website.