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Senate bill would give Idaho another U.S. District judgeship

Idaho would get a new U.S. District Court judgeship, under legislation introduced yesterday in the U.S. Senate. The Federal Judgeship Act of 2013, introduced by Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, and Sen. Christopher Coons, D-Delaware, chairman of the judiciary subcommittee on bankruptcy and the courts, is based on recommendations from the Judicial Conference of the United States, the national governing body for the federal courts, and would create 91 new federal judgeships across 21 states to ease caseloads.

Chief Judge Alex Kozinski of the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals welcomed the bill, saying many of the nation’s most overburdened federal courts are in western states. In addition to the new district judgeship in Idaho, the bill would add two in Seattle, one in Nevada plus a temporary position, one temporary judgeship in Oregon, and more than two dozen in California. There's more info here.


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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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