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FTC Applauds Bipartisan Effort to Reduce Caseloads by Adding District Judgeships

Bill would add 66 new judgeships staggered over the next six years

Fix the Court is applauding a bipartisan group of senators today for introducing a bill, the JUDGES Act (text), that would add much-needed new district court judgeship to the federal judiciary by the end of the decade.

The Coons-Young-Padilla-Lankford legislation calls for the creation of 66 new judgeships across the country in the districts identified by the Judicial Conference as having the greatest need for additional help.

About half of those positions (32) would come online in 2025, with the other half (31) being added in 2029.

The remaining three judgeships would be temporary positions in Oklahoma, which the Conference has identified as needing assistance following the Supreme Court’s 2020 McGirt decision.

Fix the Court is endorsing the bill and looks forward to markup and passage in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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