Status of Bankruptcy Judgeships — Judicial Business 2018
As of September 30, 2018, a total of 350 bankruptcy judgeships were authorized and funded, 1 more than a year earlier. Of these judgeships, 321 were filled and 29 were vacant (compared with 327 filled positions and 22 vacant positions on the same date in 2017). In addition to judges in authorized positions, 29 retired bankruptcy judges who had been recalled by various circuit councils were providing service to the Judiciary at the end of 2018.
For information on the status of bankruptcy judgeships since 2014, see Table 12.
|Year||Authorized Judgeships||Vacancies||Recalled Judges|
1 In 2014, one temporary bankruptcy judgeship in the Northern District of Alabama lapsed.
2 For 2018, Congress authorized four new temporary bankruptcy judgeships: two in the District of Delaware and one each in the Middle District of Florida and the Eastern District of Michigan (see Bankruptcy Judgeships Act of 2017, Pub. L. No. 115-72, § 1003). Also, in 2018 two temporary bankruptcy judgeships in the Central District of California and one temporary bankruptcy judgeship in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania lapsed.