Let’s take a look at the current state of federal judicial vacancies. As we stand there are 103 vacant seats in the federal judiciary including eighty in the federal district courts. This is between 1/8th and 1/9th of the entire federal judiciary left vacant.
These vacancies have increased dramatically in number since President Obama was elected into office. In November 2008, 36 federal court seats were vacant. Here is the current list of vacancies as well as pending nominees in cases where they exist. In addition to this list, the Office of the US Courts provides a list of judicial emergencies – a list that currently includes 38 unfilled judicial slots.
Over half of the vacancies have been ongoing for over 250 days. The chart below breaks down the count of vacancies by length for those that exceed the 250-day mark.