Empty Calif. Judgeships Pose Danger To Justice, Judge Says

Law360 (November 1, 2019, 6:58 PM EDT) -- The Central District of California faces "a crisis of unprecedented magnitude" in administering justice for 19 million people in the Los Angeles area, the district's chief judge has told Washington leaders, citing a civil caseload double the national average and nine seats vacant for as long as five years.

"I implore the Senate to act on the nominations of the six men and women nominated for district judgeships here," Chief U.S. District Judge Virginia A. Phillips said in a letter on Tuesday. "In the five years since the last new judge joined our court, the number of vacancies has climbed to...

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