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State Bar Urges Federal Action to Fill Judicial Vacancies

PHOENIX - May 24, 2011 - The State Bar of Arizona has passed a resolution urging the Washington to fill vacant federal judge positions.

The United States District Court for the District of Arizona declared a judicial emergency on January21, 2011 after the tragic and untimely death of Judge John Roll, which added a third judicial vacancy.

The resolution, passed by the Bar's Board of Governors on May 20, hopes to address the increased criminal caseload, lack of adequate resources and delayed process of justice. The following requests have been made by the State Bar:

  1. The Board of Governors urges the Federal Government to take swift action to fill judicial vacancies;
  2. The Board of Governors urges the Federal Government to take consider additional judgeships in the District of Arizona;
  3. The Board of Governors urges the Federal Government to add more court staff and facilities, particularly in the Tucson Division.

The State Bar of Arizona will continue to inform its members of the developments surrounding the judicial vacancies and their requests to the Federal Government.

View the resolution here.

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