Integrity Florida published a new report that examines Florida’s Federal Judicial Court vacancies and cautions that prolonged inaction by the U.S. Senate could impact the timely administration of justice and result in a crisis in the courts. The report is titled The Impact of Judicial Vacancies on Florida’s Federal Courts.
Florida has 37 authorized federal judges over three districts. For various reasons, there are currently five vacancies, constituting 11 percent of the authorized judges – higher than the national average for court vacancies. Nominations have been made by the President to fill all of the vacancies, but none have been confirmed by the Senate.
“Florida’s federal district courts play a critical role in the administration of both criminal and civil justice,” said Ben Wilcox, Research Director for Integrity Florida. “Unfortunately, prolonged inaction when it comes to filling those vacancies could potentially create obstacles for those seeking access to the courts.” Read the report here.