Published on: Tuesday, March 14, 2023

The Judicial Conference of the United States today agreed to recommend to Congress the creation of new district and court of appeals judgeships (pdf) to meet workload demands in certain courts.

The recommendation, approved today by the federal Judiciary’s national policy-making body at its biannual meeting in Washington, asks Congress to create two permanent judgeships in the courts of appeals, and 66 permanent district court judgeships, convert seven temporary district court judgeships to permanent status, and extend two existing temporary district court judgeships for an additional five years.

In fiscal year 2022, weighted filings, which account for the different amounts of time district judges require to resolve various types of civil and criminal actions, were above 500 per judgeship in 17 of the 30 courts in which the Conference is recommending additional judgeships or the conversion/extension of existing temporary judgeships to permanent status.