The federal court in Denver is down two judges and the chief judge says the shortage is slowing down justice.
The U.S. District Court for Colorado has five active judges. Two judgeships remain vacant and overseers have recommended that a third judgeship be added.
Denver lawyer William Martinez has been nominated to fill one of the vacancies but his confirmation has been delayed in the U.S. Senate. Nationally, nearly 100 other judgeships remain vacant.
The Colorado court’s chief judge, Wiley Y. Daniel, asked Senate leaders back in May to put aside partisanship and allow a vote on Martinez but that still hasn’t happened.
Court administrators have designated Colorado’s court as a “judicial emergency court” because of the shortage.