In this month’s federal judicial vacancy count, Ballotpedia tracked nominations, confirmations, and vacancies to all United States Article III federal courts from August 3, 2020, to September 1, 2020. Ballotpedia publishes the federal judicial vacancy count at the start of each month.
• Confirmations: There has been one new confirmation since the July 2020 report.
There were 72 vacancies out of 870 active Article III judicial positions, a total vacancy percentage of 8.3.
• Two (22.2%) of the nine U.S. Court of International Trade positions are vacant.
No judges left active status, creating Article III life-term judicial vacancies, since the previous vacancy count. As Article III judicial positions, vacancies must be filled by a nomination from the president. Nominations are subject to confirmation on the advice and consent of the U.S. Senate.
U.S. Court of Appeals vacancies
The following chart tracks the number of vacancies on the United States Court of Appeals from the inauguration of President Donald Trump (R) to the date indicated on the chart.
The following maps show the number of vacancies on the United States Court of Appeals at Trump’s inauguration and as of September 1, 2020.
• David Woll, to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.
• John Cronan, confirmed to the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.
As of September 1, 2020, the Senate has confirmed 203 of President Trump’s judicial nominees—146 district court judges, 53 appeals court judges, two Court of International Trade judges, and two Supreme Court justices—since January 2017.