While the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals shut down Trump’s travel suspension order, the Republican party was trying to push a bill that would divide the court into smaller portions.
Arizona Senators Jeff Flake and John McCain plan to take six states out of the court creating an entirely new 12th Circuit. The new legislation should help the court relieve their slow and burdened processes. Flake addressed the legislation to Fox News below:
“It represents 20 percent of the population — and 40 percent of the land mass is in that jurisdiction. It’s just too big. We have a bedrock principle of swift justice and if you live in Arizona or anywhere in the 9th Circuit, you just don’t have it.”
The large court wouldn’t normally be an issue, but since 18 of the 25 judges are appointed by the democrats, it creates a pretty big bias. With this in mind, getting any conservative issue passed in the 9th Circuit Court is difficult to impossible. So difficult that the conservatives have affectionately nicknamed it “the nutty 9th.”
The court was created with only four percent of the population living in that area. Now, the population has grown to twenty percent and it just doesn’t make sense to keep the court the same way. Flake uses this reasoning to split the court in an effort to minimize some of their power.
The new Circuit, according to the new bill, would cover Nevada, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Arizona, and Alaska. This leaves out the three Pacific states, the Northern Mariana Islands, and Guam for the new 12th Circuit. However, all this is determined by the judges of the 9th Circuit who I doubt are ready to change their jurisdiction and power.