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Judicial Emergencies for February 2015

Judicial Emergencies As of 02/01/2015
Circuit/District Vacancy Created By Reason Vacancy Date Days Pending Weighted Filings per Judgeship* Adjusted Filings per Panel*
02 - NYE Feuerstein,Sandra J. Senior 01/21/2015 11 647
02 - NYE Garaufis,Nicholas G. Senior 10/01/2014 123 647
04 - NCE Howard,Malcolm J. Senior 12/31/2005 3319 670
05 - TXS Tagle,Hilda G. Senior 12/31/2012 762 583
05 - TXS Jack,Janis Graham Senior 06/01/2011 1341 583
05 - TXS Hoyt,Kenneth M. Senior 03/02/2013 701 583
05 - CCA King,Carolyn Dineen Senior 12/31/2013 397 873
05 - CCA Garza,Emilio M. Senior 08/01/2012 914 873
07 - INS Barker,Sarah Evans Senior 06/30/2014 216 705
09 - CAC Collins,Audrey B. Retired 08/01/2014 184 637
09 - CAE Ishii,Anthony W. Senior 10/31/2012 823 909
11 - FLS Rosenbaum,Robin S. Elevated 05/12/2014 265 663
11 - CCA Dubina,Joel F. Senior 10/26/2013 463 915
Total Emergencies = 13
*Adjusted Filings per Panel and Weighted Filings per Judgeship are Calendar Year Data
A judicial emergency is defined as the following:
Circuit Court
  • any vacancy in a court of appeals where adjusted filings per panel are in excess of 700; OR
  • any vacancy in existence more than 18 months where adjusted filings are between 500 to 700 per panel.
  • District Court
  • any vacancy where weighted filings are in excess of 600 per judgeship; OR
  • any vacancy in existence more than 18 months where weighted filings are between 430 to 600 per judgeship; OR
  • any court with more than one authorized judgeship and only one active judge.
  • (1), In determining judgeship needs in the U.S. district courts, the Judicial Conference uses weighted filings
    as a means of accounting for differences in the time required for judges to resolve various types of civil and
    criminal actions. Rather than counting each case as a single case, weights are applied based on the nature of
    cases. For example, cases involving a defaulted student loan are counted as 0.031 for each case and patent cases
    are counted as 1.9 cases. The criminal weights are applied on a per-defendant basis. The total for
    "weighted filings per judgeship" is the sum of all weights assigned to civil cases and criminal defendants,
    divided by the number of authorized judgeships.
    (2), In the courts of appeals, adjusted filings are used in a similar manner to weighted filings in the district
    courts. Adjusted filings eliminate reinstated cases and weight pro se appeals as one-third of a case. All other
    cases have a weight of one. The total for "adjusted filings per panel" is adjusted filings divided by the number
    of authorized three-judge panels (authorized judgeships/3).
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