Senator Chuck Grassley introduced legislation to ease pressure on the heavy workloads on the Second and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeals, which are two of the busiest circuit courts in the country.
"This bill is a step towards rectifying the great workload disparities between the circuit courts. It's a common sense bill and moves judges to where they are needed. It saves the taxpayers' money. It won't affect President Obama's current nominee, Mr. Srinivasan. And because the bill would become effective upon enactment, President Obama would still have the opportunity to nominate two of those circuit court vacancies," Grassley said.
Grassley's legislation would add a seat to both the Second and Eleventh Circuit Courts and remove three seats from the D.C. Circuit Court. Currently, the D.C. Circuit has 108 appeals filed per authorized judgeship, the lowest in the nation. By contrast, the Second Circuit has 425 appeals filed per authorized judgeship and the Eleventh Circuit, the busiest appeals court in the country has 583 appeals filed per authorized judgeship.
If Grassley's legislation were enacted, the caseload would decrease by 7.5 percent in the Second and Eleventh Circuits. At the same time, even after removing three seats from the D.C. Circuit, the workload of the D.C. circuit would remain among the lowest in the country.
The legislation is co-sponsored by Senators Orrin Hatch, Jeff Sessions, Lindsey Graham, John Cornyn, Mike Lee, Ted Cruz and Jeff Flake.