Chief U.S. District Judge Morrison England of the Eastern District of California says “we’re at a crisis point” because of a soaring caseload, a growing population, and not enough judges, according to KCRA.
Since 1978, the number of full-time judges on the court has held at six, although the region’s population has increased significantly. Nationwide, the average caseload per federal judge is 554 cases a year, compared to 962 in the Sacramento district.
The number of judges in the district would be doubled to 12 under a recommendation by the non-partisan Judicial Conference of the United States. Congress hasn’t passed that recommendation into law.