Crapo, Risch, & Simpson Push 9th Circuit Court Split
Create 12th District Court
WASHINGTON, D.C. – A Senate Bill has just been introduced to split the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and create a new appellate court to oversee Idaho, Washington, and Oregon cases. Senators Mike Crapo, Jim Risch, and Representative Mike Simpson are helping push the effort.
The “Judicial Reorganization Act” would separate California, Guam, and Hawaii from Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Montana, Arizona, and Navada. The 9th Circuit Court currently oversees 40% of the nation’s land with 20% of its population.
It was conceived in 1890 and oversaw a much smaller population and caseload. In a press release, Senator Crapo said “The sheer size of the Court creates an astonishingly lengthy journey for those seeking justice.” The court currently takes an average of 13 months to decide a case. According to the press release, that’s nearly five months longer than average courts.
If it goes through, the bills will create a 12th Circuit Court with 13 judges.
You can find the full text of the bill here: https://www.crapo.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/9th%20Circuit%20Split%20-%202019.pdf