Federal Judicial Battle Slowing Appeals Court

By: Jon Hardison
By: Jon Hardison

If you have a case heading to federal court, be prepared to wait for up to a year-and-a-half for your justice.

The Administrative Office of the Courts says the 6th circuit court of appeals is the slowest in the country, because 25% of the seats on that bench are empty.

The 6th circuit includes Kentucky, Tennessee, Michigan, and Ohio, covering a population of more than 30-million.

But only 12 of the 16 judges' positions are filled, because the nominees are held up in a congressional fight over filibustering.

"We're not going to toy with these people's careers. They've waited years to receive the simple dignity of an up or down vote," said Senator Mitch McConnell.

The average delay for a case in the 6th circuit is now almost 17 months.

That means if you filed a case on new years day 2005, you wouldn't hear a decision until after Memorial Day of 2006.


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