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Federal Courts, Empty Benches:The Wednesday Vacancy Count 12/21/2011

By Joshua Meyer-Gutbrod

For a District by District break down, see: Federal Court Vacancy Warning System
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The current vacancy warning level for the U.S. District courts is set at Blue and is unchanged from last week. There was one new confirmation at the appellate level and two new district vacancies. The final tally leaves 77 vacancies or approximately 8.9% of the total Article III posts currently unfilled. The vacancy information for the various court levels is as follows:


Key:
(Numbers indicate % of seats vacant.)
0%0%-10%
10%-25%25%-40%
More than 40%
Supreme Court 0% or no vacancies
Appeals Courts 7.8% or 14 vacancies
District Courts00ccff 9.3% or 63 vacancies

There are currently 9 Supreme Court posts, 179 appellate court posts and 680 district court posts for a total of 868 Article III judges. This count includes four temporary posts, one each in the Northern District of Alabama, District of Arizona, Southern District of Florida and the Central District of California. This also includes a shared post between the two Missouri districts and counts it as two posts with separate vacancies.

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