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Spotlight: The federal courts

We dig into Trump and McConnell’s efforts to reshape our federal courts, the far-reaching implications, and how we can fight back.

In the past week, the Senate confirmed ten of President Trump’s federal court nominees, bringing his total number of judicial confirmations to over 170.

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  • Below the Supreme Court sit the U.S. Circuit Courts, also known as Courts of Appeals (179 total judges). Our country has 94 federal judicial districts. These districts are organized into 12 federal circuits, each of which has a Court of Appeals. For example, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has jurisdiction over federal cases originating in Alabama, Florida and Georgia’s judicial districts. When a Court of Appeals considers a case, it randomly selects three judges, and does not use a jury.
  • Each of the 94 federal judicial districts has its own U.S. District Court (674 total judges). These are the trial courts of the federal court system, where juries help decide cases. For example, the “U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York,” (sound familiar?) is one of the 94 district courts.
  • 50 Circuit judges
  • 120 District Court judges
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