WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Heritage Foundation Tuesday launched an interactive tool to monitor the judicial appointment process, including both presidential nominations and Senate confirmations. The Judicial Appointment Tracker will provide both current data for the Trump administration and comparative data for the previous five presidents on six key components of the process. Find the tracker, HERE.
The chief architect behind the tracker is Deputy Director of the Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies and Heritage Senior Legal Fellow, Thomas Jipping. Prior to Heritage, Jipping served 15 years on the staff of U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), including several as his chief counsel on the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“Federal judges serve long after the appointing president leaves office, interpreting what the Constitution and statutes mean and deciding cases involving the most important issues of our time. The Judicial Appointment Tracker provides the accurate and reliable data necessary to monitor and evaluate the process for appointing judges to the federal bench.” – Thomas Jipping
Judicial Appointment Tracker Quick Facts:
- The Judicial Appointment Tracker provides both current data for the Trump administration and comparative data for the previous five presidents.
- It covers six parts of the judicial appointment process: vacancies, nominees, hearings, confirmations, cloture votes, and roll call votes.
- While a vacancy on the Supreme Court is very rare, vacancies on the lower federal courts occur all the time and require an ongoing process to fill them.
- The Judicial Appointment Tracker will be updated immediately with every new development in these six components of the process.
More from Jipping on the judicial appointment process and the tracking tool, HERE.