Why Courts Matter -- DC Circuit Court Petition
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit is often considered the second most important court in the country because its rulings affect all Americans, regardless of where they live. The D.C. Circuit often has the responsibility for deciding cases that deal with the governmental balance of powers and decisions made by government agencies that affect issues like health care, national security, environmental rules, consumer protections, and workplace safety. More U.S. Supreme Court justices have come from the D.C. Circuit than any other circuit court, including four current Justices.
Today, three of the court’s eleven seats remain vacant, including one seat that has been unfilled since 2005 -- nearly 3000 days! These vacancies have a crippling effect on the court’s ability to decide on key cases that impact the lives of Americans across the country.