The artwork on this note card was created by 5768 WRJ Art Calendar artist Césan d’Ornellas Levine.
On March 16, 2016, President Obama made his third nomination to the Supreme Court, tapping Merrick Garland, chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, to be the 113th Supreme Court Justice. Today, June 24, marks 100 days since Garland’s nomination, and 100 days that the Senate has gone without taking action on his nomination.
Typically, after the President nominates someone to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court, the review and confirmation process moves over to the Senate Judiciary Committee. The committee holds hearings, which explore a nominee’s past experience, and then the Senate votes on the nominee, so the new member can join the bench. Since the 1980s, every person appointed to the Supreme Court has been given a hearing and vote within approximately 100 days of their nomination, making the current delay in process on Merrick Garland’s nomination unprecedented.
Recent decisions from the Court remind us of the central role the Supreme Court plays in decisions of national importance and that personally affect the lives of Americans across the country.
Jewish tradition teaches the importance of just and timely administration of justice. In Pirke Avot 5:8, we read, “The sword came into the world because of justice delayed and justice denied.” This long of a delay in filling the open Supreme Court seat is inhibiting the delivery of justice and undermines our nation’s judicial system overall.
Here are three ways that you can engage around the Supreme Court vacancy:
To learn more about the Supreme Court and judicial nominations, visit our Judicial Issues page.