S.276 - Judicial Administration and Improvement Act of 2017115th Congress (2017-2018)
|Sponsor:||Sen. Flake, Jeff [R-AZ] (Introduced 02/02/2017)|
|Committees:||Senate - Judiciary|
|Latest Action:||02/02/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary. (All Actions)|
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Summary: S.276 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)All Information (Except Text)
Introduced in Senate (02/02/2017)
Judicial Administration and Improvement Act of 2017
This bill divides the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit into: (1) a new Ninth Circuit, to be composed of California, Hawaii, Oregon, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands; and (2) a newly established Twelfth Circuit, to be composed of Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, and Washington.
Precedent from the former Ninth Circuit shall not be binding on the Twelfth Circuit.
The bill designates locations where the new circuits are to hold regular sessions.
The bill distributes active circuit judges of the former Ninth Circuit to the new circuits. Circuit judges and senior circuit judges currently stationed in Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, or Washington may elect their circuit assignment. For each circuit judge in regular service who elects to be assigned to the new Ninth Circuit, the President shall appoint one additional circuit judge for the Twelfth Circuit.