The House Committee has officially begun their discussion regarding the splitting of the most liberal court in America.
A House panel held a hearing on possibly splitting the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday.
Three 9th Circuit judges, including Chief Judge Sidney Thomas, Judge Alex Kozinski, and Judge Carlos Bea gave testimony before House Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet. All three judges, like most of their 9th Circuit colleagues, support the current configuration and oppose splitting the court.
The subcommittee’s chairman, Republican Rep. Darrell Issa, said the court has become too unwieldy to operate efficiently. At 12,000 cases, the court hears twice as many appeals as the next largest circuit court per year.
Despite the fact that the 9th Circuit has been a particular thorn in President Donald Trump’s side, the move to split it is not politically motivated.
At it’s current size, there is no way for the 9th Circuit to move cases through the system in a reasonable amount of time.