The Federal Judiciary
Selected Brennan Center research and commentary on federal judicial nominations, vacancies, confirmations, and procedure.
The Trump administration has moved at a blistering pace to fill federal judicial vacancies. Despite the fact that the ABA has found nearly ten percent of the nominees “unqualified,” the Senate has largely acted as a rubber stamp. Their lack of scrutiny now may return later in the form of impeachment.
With mid-term elections fast approaching, the Senate should undertake two common-sense reforms to return judicial and executive branch nominees back to historical norms, where obstruction was the exception, not the rule.