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The Source: Federal Courts In Texas Lack Judges


If you're in the federal court system, get comfortable because the delays resulting from too few judges are long. The caseloads are growing, and help isn't on the way. 

No state has more vacant federal judicial seats than Texas, and none of those seats have nominees.

Accusations of Senate feet dragging have been thrown around since 2009, but the problem is so bad in Texas that two seats have been labeled emergency vacancies by the Administrative Office for U.S. courts

What's behind the glacial pace?


  • Nan Aron, president of advocacy group Alliance for Justice
  • Alicia Bannon, counsel for the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center
  • Maureen Franco, Federal Public Defender for the Western District of Texas
  • Donna Coltharp, Deputy Public Defender for the Western District of Texas
Paul Flahive can be reached at Paul@tpr.org and on Twitter at @paulflahive