It’s not just the Eastern District of California. The Ninth Circuit is in trouble too.
Read this: Judges’ deaths add to the 9th Circuit backlog by the L.A. Times.
The deaths of four semi-retired senior jurists and full-time Circuit Judge Pamela Ann Rymer have intensified concerns on the aging bench and among judicial scholars that the 9th Circuit will fall farther behind in what is already the slowest pace of dispensing justice in the federal courts.
Judges of the 9th Circuit currently sit on twice the number of cases each year as those of the other 12 federal appeals courts . . . . And it takes an average of 16.3 months for the court’s panels to issue opinions after an appeal is filed, compared with 11.7 months on average for all circuits. The 9th Circuit has jurisdiction over California and eight other Western states and is authorized to have 29 full-time jurists.
Some judicial analysts also lament that the administration hasn’t pushed Congress to expand the federal judiciary, as recommended for more than a decade by the Judicial Conference of the United States. That policymaking body of the federal courts has said the 9th Circuit needs at least five more judges added to its authorized 29 to alleviate its annual caseload of 12,000-plus filings.
Could someone help, please?