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Contents
1 Current vacancies
1.1 Federal Vacancy Warning System
1.1.1 Archives
1.2 Current map
1.3 Current vacancies
2 Pending nominations
3 113th Congress timeline
4 2013-2014 maps

Federal Vacancy Warning System

The Federal Vacancy Warning System was created by Judgepedia to easily convey to readers the number of vacant seats in any given court as a percentage of the total seats. Courts with a higher percentage of vacant seats have red headings and courts with no vacant seats have green headings. Percentages in between are indicated by the chart below. The headings and borders on the infoboxes of all district and appellate courts reflect this system.

Key:
(Numbers indicate % of seats vacant.)
0%0%-10%
10%-25%25%-40%
More than 40%

Archives

The Federal Vacancy Warning System was created in January 2011 and in April 2011, the weekly Vacancy Count was started. For past Empty Benches articles, see category:Empty benches news.

For a comparison of vacancies and nominations by year, see:

For a comparison of vacancies and nominations by Congress, see:

Current map

The new weekly map is updated every week and posted here.

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Current vacancies

Federal Appellate Courts
CourtPostsCurrent Vacancies% Seats Vacant
District of Columbia Circuit110 0
Federal Circuit120 0
Third Circuit142 14
Fourth Circuit151 7
Sixth Circuit161 6
Tenth Circuit121 8
Second Circuit130 0
Eleventh Circuit124 33
Seventh Circuit111 9
First Circuit61 17
Fifth Circuit173 18
Eighth Circuit110 0
Ninth Circuit291 3
1st through 6th circuits:
CircuitCourtPostsCurrent Vacancies% Seats Vacant
5th Southern District of Mississippi60 0
5th Northern District of Mississippi30 0
5th Eastern District of Louisiana120 0
5th Middle District of Louisiana31 33
5th Western District of Louisiana70 0
1st District of Maine31 33
6th Northern District of Ohio110 0
6th Southern District of Ohio80 0
6th Eastern District of Michigan150 0
6th Western District of Michigan40 0
6th Eastern District of Kentucky61 17
6th Western District of Kentucky43 75
6th Eastern District of Tennessee50 0
6th Middle District of Tennessee40 0
6th Western District of Tennessee51 20
5th Eastern District of Texas82 25
5th Northern District of Texas121 8
5th Southern District of Texas193 16
5th Western District of Texas131 8
1st District of Massachusetts134 31
1st District of Puerto Rico71 0
1st District of New Hampshire30 0
1st District of Rhode Island30 0
2nd District of Connecticut80 0
2nd District of Vermont20 0
2nd Eastern District of New York151 7
2nd Northern District of New York51 20
2nd Southern District of New York280 0
2nd Western District of New York40 0
3rd District of Delaware40 0
3rd District of New Jersey171 6
3rd Eastern District of Pennsylvania225 23
3rd Middle District of Pennsylvania60 0
3rd Western District of Pennsylvania103 30
4th District of South Carolina102 20
4th District of Maryland102 20
4th Eastern District of North Carolina41 25
4th Middle District of North Carolina40 0
4th Western District of North Carolina50 0
4th Eastern District of Virginia111 9
4th Western District of Virginia40 0
4th Northern District of West Virginia30 0
4th Southern District of West Virginia50 0
D.C. District of Columbia162 13
7th through 11th and D.C. circuits:
CircuitCourtPostsCurrent Vacancies% Seats Vacant
7th Eastern District of Wisconsin51 20
10th District of Kansas61 17
7th Western District of Wisconsin21 50
7th Northern District of Illinois222 9
7th Central District of Illinois40 0
7th Southern District of Illinois42 50
9th District of Nevada71 14
10th District of Colorado70 0
8th District of South Dakota30 0
8th District of North Dakota20 0
8th District of Minnesota70 0
8th District of Nebraska30 0
7th Northern District of Indiana50 0
7th Southern District of Indiana50 0
8th Northern District of Iowa20 0
8th Southern District of Iowa30 0
8th Eastern District of Missouri91 11
8th Western District of Missouri71 14
8th Eastern District of Arkansas50 0
8th Western District of Arkansas30 0
9th District of Arizona136 46
9th District of Oregon60 0
9th District of Alaska30 0
9th District of Montana30 0
9th District of Idaho20 0
9th District of Hawaii40 0
9th Eastern District of Washington42 50
9th Western District of Washington80 0
9th Central District of California281 4
9th Eastern District of California61 17
9th Northern District of California150 0
9th Southern District of California131 8
10th Eastern District of Oklahoma20 0
10th Northern District of Oklahoma40 0
10th Western District of Oklahoma71 14
10th District of New Mexico70 0
10th District of Utah51 20
10th District of Wyoming30 0
11th Middle District of Alabama31 33
11th Northern District of Alabama81 13
11th Southern District of Alabama30 0
11th Middle District of Florida152 13
11th Northern District of Florida40 0
11th Southern District of Florida183 17
11th Middle District of Georgia41 25
11th Northern District of Georgia113 27
11th Southern District of Georgia30 0

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Waiting for committee hearing

The nominees in this table are awaiting hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Number of nominees awaiting hearing: 20
NomineeCourtFirst nomination
William W. NooterSuperior Court of the District of ColumbiaJuly 11, 2013
Ronnie L. WhiteEastern District of MissouriNovember 7, 2013
Julie CarnesEleventh CircuitDecember 19, 2013
Stephen R. BoughWestern District of MissouriJanuary 16, 2014
Robin L. RosenbergSouthern District of FloridaFebruary 26, 2014
John W. deGravellesMiddle District of LouisianaMarch 13, 2014
Randolph D. MossDistrict of ColumbiaApril 3, 2014
André Birotte, Jr.Central District of CaliforniaApril 3, 2014
Michael P. BoggsNorthern District of GeorgiaDecember 19, 2013
Mark Howard CohenNorthern District of GeorgiaDecember 19, 2013
Mark G. MastroianniDistrict of MassachusettsSeptember 24, 2013
Bruce HendricksDistrict of South CarolinaJune 26, 2013
Leslie Joyce AbramsMiddle District of GeorgiaMarch 11, 2014
Leigh Martin MayNorthern District of GeorgiaDecember 19, 2013
Jill PryorEleventh CircuitFebruary 16, 2012
Alison Renee LeeDistrict of South CarolinaJune 26, 2013
Gregg CostaFifth CircuitDecember 19, 2013
Eleanor L. RossNorthern District of GeorgiaDecember 19, 2013
Jennifer May-ParkerEastern District of North CarolinaJune 20, 2013
Robin RosenbaumEleventh Circuit Court of AppealsNovember 7, 2013

Waiting for committee vote

The nominees in this table are awaiting a vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee following the hearing.

Number of nominees awaiting a vote: 5
NomineeCourtFirst nomination
Paul G. ByronMiddle District of FloridaFebruary 6, 2014
Beth BloomSouthern District of FloridaFebruary 6, 2014
Darrin P. GaylesSouthern District of FloridaFebruary 6, 2014
Carlos E. MendozaMiddle District of FloridaFebruary 6, 2014
Theodore ChuangDistrict of MarylandSeptember 25, 2013

Waiting for vote in Senate

Nominees in this table are awaiting a vote in the full United States Senate after an approval by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Number of nominees awaiting a Senate vote: 27
NomineeCourtFirst nomination
Tanya S. ChutkanDistrict of ColumbiaDecember 19, 2013
Hannah LauckEastern District of VirginiaDecember 19, 2013
Leo SorokinDistrict of MassachusettsDecember 19, 2013
Richard Franklin Boulware IIDistrict of NevadaJanuary 16, 2014
Cheryl Ann KrauseThird CircuitFebruary 6, 2014
Sal Mendoza, Jr.Eastern District of WashingtonJanuary 16, 2014
Staci Michelle YandleSouthern District of IllinoisJanuary 16, 2014
Michelle T. FriedlandNinth CircuitAugust 1, 2013
Cynthia A. BashantSouthern District of CaliforniaSeptember 19, 2013
Stanley BastianEastern District of WashingtonSeptember 19, 2013
Daniel D. CrabtreeDistrict of KansasAugust 1, 2013
Sheryl H. LipmanWestern District of TennesseeAugust 1, 2013
Jon LevyDistrict of MaineSeptember 19, 2013
Manish ShahNorthern District of IllinoisSeptember 19, 2013
Gregg CostaFifth CircuitDecember 19, 2013
Nancy Caplinger-MoritzTenth CircuitAugust 1, 2013
Douglas RayesDistrict of ArizonaSeptember 19, 2013
James A. SotoDistrict of ArizonaDecember 19, 2013
Steven LoganDistrict of ArizonaSeptember 19, 2013
John TuchiDistrict of ArizonaSeptember 19, 2013
Rosemary MarquezDistrict of ArizonaJune 23, 2011
David BarronFirst Circuit Court of AppealsSeptember 24, 2013
George Jarrod HazelDistrict of MarylandSeptember 25, 2013
Indira TalwaniDistrict of MassachusettsSeptember 24, 2013
Diane HumetewaDistrict of ArizonaSeptember 19, 2013
James D. PetersonWestern District of WisconsinNovember 7, 2013
Nancy J. RosenstengelSouthern District of IllinoisNovember 7, 2013

Obama's second term

113th Congress

Date Change from last week Appellate and Supreme Court Vacancies (% of Posts) District Court Vacancies (% of Posts) Total Vacancies (% of Posts)
1/9/2013 -3 = -3 change 17 (9.5%) 64 (9.4%) 81 (9.3%)
1/16/2013 -1 = -1 change 17 (9.5%) 65 (9.6%) 82 (9.4%)
1/23/2013 0 change 17 (9.5%) 65 (9.6%) 82 (9.4%)
1/30/2013 -2 = -2 change 17 (9.5%) 67 (9.8%) 84 (9.7%)
2/6/2013 -3 = -3 change 18 (10%) 69 (10.1%) 87 (10%)
2/13/2013 -1 = -1 change 19 (10.6%) 69 (10.1%) 88 (10.1%)
2/20/2013 +1 = +1 change 18 (10%) 69 (10.1%) 87 (10%)
2/27/2013 +1 = +1 change 17 (9.5%) 69 (10.1%) 86 (9.9%)
3/6/2013 +2 and -1 = +1 change 17 (9.5%) 68 (10%) 85 (9.8%)
3/13/2013 +2 = +2 change 16 (8.9%) 67 (9.9%) 83 (9.6%)
3/20/2013 -1 = -1 change 16 (8.9%) 68 (10%) 84 (9.7%)
3/27/2013 +3 = +3 change 16 (8.9%) 65 (9.6%) 81 (9.3%)
4/3/2013 -3 = -3 change 17 (9.5%) 67 (9.9%) 84 (9.7%)
4/10/2013 +1 = +1 change 16 (8.9%) 67 (9.9%) 83 (9.6%)
4/17/2013 +1 = +1 change 16 (8.9%) 66 (9.7%) 82 (9.4%)
4/24/2013 +2 = +2 change 16 (8.9%) 64 (9.4%) 80 (9.2%)
5/1/2013 +1 and -3= -2 change 16 (8.9%) 66 (9.7%) 82 (9.4%)
5/8/2013 -2= -2 change 16 (8.9%) 68 (10%) 84 (9.7%)
5/15/2013 +2 =+2 change 16 (8.9%) 66 (9.7%) 82 (9.4%)
5/22/2013 +3 =+3 change 16 (8.9%) 63 (9.3%) 79 (9.1%)
5/29/2013 +1 =+1 change 15 (8.4%) 63 (9.3%) 78 (9%)
6/5/2013 -2 =-2 change 16 (8.9%) 64 (9.4%) 80 (9.2%)
6/12/2013 No Change 16 (8.9%) 64 (9.4%) 80 (9.2%)
6/19/2013 +4 =+4 change 16 (8.9%) 60 (8.8%) 76 (8.8%)
6/26/2013 -1 =-1 change 17 (9.6%) 60 (8.8%) 77 (8.9%)
7/3/2013 -5 =-5 change 17 (9.6%) 65 (9.5%) 82 (9.4%)
7/10/2013 -2 and +2 =0 Change 17 (9.6%) 65 (9.5%) 82 (9.4%)
7/17/2013 -1 =-1 Change 17 (9.6%) 66 (9.7%) 83 (9.6%)
7/24/2013 0 =0 Change 17 (9.6%) 66 (9.7%) 83 (9.6%)
7/31/2013 -4 =-4 Change 17 (9.6%) 70 (10.3%) 87 (10%)
8/7/2013 -1 and +1 =0 Change 16 (8.9%) 71 (10.4%) 87 (10%)
8/14/2013 0 Change 16 (8.9%) 71 (10.4%) 87 (10%)
8/21/2013 -2 = -2 Change 17 (9.5%) 72 (10.6%) 89 (10.2%)
8/28/2013 -2 = -2 Change 17 (9.5%) 74 (10.9%) 91 (10.5%)
9/4/2013 -3 = -3 Change 17 (9.5%) 77 (11.3%) 94 (10.9%)
9/11/2013 +4 = -4 Change 17 (9.5%) 75 (11.1%) 92 (10.6%)
9/18/2013 0 = 0 Change 17 (9.5%) 75 (11.1%) 92 (10.6%)
9/25/2013 +2 = +2 Change 16 (8.9%) 75 (11.1%) 91 (10.5%)
10/2/2013 -6 = -6 Change 17 (9.5%) 77 (11.3%) 94 (10.8%)
10/9/2013 +2 = +2 Change 17 (9.5%) 76 (11.2%) 93 (10.7%)
10/16/2013 +4 = +4 Change 17 (9.5%) 74 (10.9%) 91 (10.5%)
10/23/2013 0 = 0 Change 17 (9.5%) 74 (10.9%) 91 (10.5%)
10/30/2013 0 = 0 Change 17 (9.5%) 74 (10.9%) 91 (10.5%)
11/6/2013 -3 and +2 = -1 Change 18 (10.1%) 74 (10.9%) 92 (10.6%)
11/13/2013 0 = 0 Change 18 (10.1%) 74 (10.9%) 92 (10.6%)
11/20/2013 -1 and 0 = -1 Change 18 (10.1%) 75 (11.1%) 93 (10.7%)
11/27/2013 0 = 0 Change 18 (9.5%) 75 (11.1%) 93 (10.7%)
12/4/2013 -1 and 0 = -1 Change 18 (10.1%) 76 (11.2%) 94 (10.9%)
12/11/2013 0 and +1 = +1 Change 17 (9.4%) 76 (11.2%) 93 (10.9%)
12/18/2013 -1 and +5 = +4 Change 16 (9.0%) 73 (10.8%) 89 (10.3%)
1/8/2014 -5 and +1 = -4 Change 17 (9.5%) 76 (11.2%) 93 (10.8%)
1/15/2014 -2 and +1 = -1 Change 16 (8.9%) 78 (11.5%) 94 (10.9%)
1/22/2014 -1 and +0 = -1 Change 16 (8.9%) 79 (11.7%) 95 (11.0%)
1/29/2014 -0 and +0 = 0 Change 16 (8.9%) 79 (11.7%) 95 (11.0%)
2/5/2014 -1 and +0 = -1 Change 16 (8.9%) 80 (11.8%) 96 (11.1%)
2/12/2014 -0 and +0 = 0 Change 16 (8.9%) 80 (11.8%) 96 (11.1%)
2/19/2014 -0 and +0 = 0 Change 16 (8.9%) 80 (11.8%) 96 (11.1%)
2/26/2014 -0 and +4 = +4 Change 16 (8.9%) 76 (11.2%) 92 (10.6%)
3/5/2014 -1 and +0 = -1 Change 17 (9.5%) 76 (11.2%) 93 (10.8%)
3/12/2014 -0 and +4 = +4 Change 17 (9.5%) 72 (10.6%) 89 (10.3%)
3/19/2014 -2 and +5 = +3 Change 16 (9.0%) 70 (10.3%) 86 (9.9%)
3/26/2014 -1 and +0 = -1 Change 16 (9.0%) 71 (10.5%) 87 (10.1%)
4/2/2014 -3 and +5 = +2 Change 15 (8.4%) 70 (10.3%) 85 (9.8%)
4/9/2014 -0 and +0 = No Change 15 (8.4%) 70 (10.3%) 85 (9.8%)
4/16/2014 -1 and +0 = -1 change 15 (8.4%) 71 (10.5%) 86 (9.9%)

Contents
1 Current vacancies
2 Pending nominations
3 113th Congress timeline
4 2013-2014 maps
4.1 2014
4.2 2013

Historical maps

2014

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February 2014

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January 2014

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2013

December 2013

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November 2013

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October 2013

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September 2013

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August 2013

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July 2013

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June 2013

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May 2013

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April 2013

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March 2013

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February 2013

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January 2013

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