Bench Memos

Law & the Courts

Judicial-Nominations Update

Last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee reported out Cory Wilson’s nomination to the Fifth Circuit, a day after Mitch McConnell filed for cloture on Justin Walker’s nomination to the D.C. Circuit. So the nominees to fill the only two remaining federal appellate vacancies are now before the full Senate.

Walker’s confirmation vote is expected imminently. That would make him President Trump’s 199th Article III judicial confirmation. On Wednesday, the Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on five district court nominees that was originally slated for last week before being postponed.

Below is a full update on the status of President Trump’s judicial nominations.

Current and known future vacancies: 85

Courts of Appeals: 2

District/Specialty Courts*: 83

Pending nominees for current and known future vacancies: 48

Courts of Appeals: 2

District/Specialty Courts*: 46

Court of Appeals Nominees Awaiting Senate Judiciary Committee Hearings

Nominee (Circuit) Original Nomination

Date

Days Since Original Nomination Both Blue Slips Returned? Judiciary Committee Hearing Date
None

Court of Appeals Nominees Awaiting Senate Judiciary Committee Votes 

Nominee (Circuit) Original Nomination Date Days Since Original Nomination Judiciary Committee Hearing Date
None

Court of Appeals Nominees Awaiting Senate Floor Votes 

Nominee (Circuit) Nomination Date Days Since Original Nomination Date Reported to Senate Floor
Justin Walker 5/4/20 39 6/4/20
Cory Wilson 5/4/20 39 6/11/20

Nominees Awaiting Floor Votes: 18

Courts of Appeals: 2

District/Specialty Courts*: 16

Days Pending

  • # of pending nominees originally nominated > 600 days ago: 1
  • # of pending nominees originally nominated > 500 days ago: 4
  • # of pending nominees originally nominated > 400 days ago: 4
  • # of pending nominees originally nominated > 300 days ago: 5

All Nominees (via Judiciary Committee) Confirmed by the Senate during the 116th Congress: 119

Supreme Court: 0

Courts of Appeals: 21

District/Specialty Courts*: 98

All Nominees (via Judiciary Committee) Confirmed by the Senate since Inauguration Day204

Supreme Court: 2

Courts of Appeals: 51

District/Specialty Courts*: 151

* Includes the Court of Federal Claims, Territorial Courts, and the International Trade Courts

All Article III Nominees Confirmed by the Senate since Inauguration Day: 198

Supreme Court: 2

Courts of Appeals: 51

District/International Trade Courts: 145

Recommended

The Latest