The U.S. Senate has held up presidential appointments to the federal bench in historic numbers–delaying justice from being served by creating judicial emergencies all over the country.There is now over a two-year waiting period for civil matters to be heard. Chief Justice John Roberts acknowledges that “districts have been burdened with extraordinary caseloads.”
The American judicial system was founded on the principle that everyone should be able to have their day in court, but today, it is only if they are willing to wait. According to the American Constitution Society, 34 of the 79 vacancies are considered “judicial emergencies.”
Republican senators tried, with success, to keep these vacancies open under President Obama for candidates from their own party, hoping that there would be a different outcome in the presidential election last month. However, as President Obama finishes his first term, and prepares to begin his second, there is hope for a break in the partisan fever.