Litigants can’t get their cases heard in a timely fashion, and fewer people are willing to be nominated for judgeships due to a slower Senate confirmation rate for the federal bench, U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth said Monday.
“I say to both Republicans and Democrats: You’re injuring the federal judiciary,” Judge Lamberth said. “Our country needs a fair and impartial federal judiciary,” a Blog of Legal Times article quoted him as saying during a panel discussion at the Brookings Institution.
Judge Lamberth is chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. He was joining others who have said the Senate and White House need to fix the problems that have caused significant delays in the judicial confirmation process.
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