The High Price of Judicial Vacancies

Brennon Center for Justice Fellow Andrew Cohen discusses the high price of judicial vacancies in an article published this week. Cohen writes that there are dozens of jurisdictions all across the nation that now operate under what are known as “judicial emergencies” because of a lack of confirmed judges. By delaying the administration of justice, by thwarting the principles of finality and certainty, judicial vacancies cause real harm both to the American people and to the free market, he writes. Cohen cites Alicia Bannon’s report “Federal Judicial Vacancies: The Trial Courts” as doing a better job than most of trying to bridge the gulf between the raw statistics of judicial vacancies and what those statistics mean for real people.