Yes, Republicans are 70% responsible for this situation, particularly given their atrocious behavior under Obama in shutting down the judicial confirmation process during his last two years.
However, Feinstein and Harris have not shown any great effort to meet Trump halfway on Judges in California. At least Schumer, Duckworth and other Senators in Democratic States have wrangled deals with Trump and gotten Judges on the bench.
But this is not the time to point fingers. Pointing fingers won’t get Judges on the bench and won’t get litigants cases to trial.
We can’t wait for “after Trump.” California, particularly the Eastern District of California, needs Judges NOW.
Judge Drozd’s new Standing Order for Civil Cases.
Judge Drozd’s new Standing Order for Criminal Cases.
The bottom line, if your are a civil plaintiff in the Fresno Division of the Eastern District of California, you are basically **** out of ******* luck. You ain’t getting your civil case heard now, maybe not ever. If you are a civil defendant, particularly a corporate defendant, you are ******* loving life. Many civil plaintiffs are people in bad financial shape, such as workplace accident victims, traffic accident victims, etc. They can’t wait what will be at a minimum 4 years and likely longer to go to trial. The defendant can strong arm a settlement at a fraction of the case’s value.
And if you are a CRIMINAL defendant, particularly in the Fresno Division of the Eastern District of California, you may just walk scot free from jail, if the Speedy Trial Act clock runs out on your case. Some defendants have already walked free for exactly that reason.
The Eastern District of California needs its judgeships to be doubled and it needs them filled now.
Civil justice is pretty much gone for the time being in Fresno. You may have a Constitutional right to a trial in a civil case, but you definitely aren’t getting one. You will be lucky to even have your case heard at all by bench trial. And crime victims just might see the perpetrators give them the middle finger as they walk out of jail due to the clock running out on the Speedy Trial Act.
Trump, Feinstein and Harris need to get together and find some ******* Judges NOW. If Schumer can do it, certainly Feinstein and Harris can do it.
The four judicial districts of California are in varying shape.
The Northern District of California is at full strength, with Obama filling 11 of its 14 Judgeships during his Presidency. However it needs 4 new Judgeships.
The Southern District of California has 5 vacancies among its 13 Judgeships. Additionally, it needs 4 new Judgeships.
The Central District of California has 9 vacancies among its 28 Judgeships. Additionally, it needs 9 new Judgeships.
The Eastern District of California has 2 vacancies among its 6 Judgeships. Additionally, it needs 5 new Judgeships.
Trump has not yet made any successful judicial appointments to United States District Courts in California to this point.
Trump, Feinstein and Harris better make something happen quick.