Supreme Court Tribal Ruling Prompts Request for More Judges (1)

Sept. 28, 2021, 6:00 PMUpdated: Sept. 28, 2021, 10:19 PM

The judiciary asked Congress for five new judgeships for federal courts in Oklahoma for what it said was a caseload increase prompted by a Supreme Court decision holding the state can’t prosecute Indians for crimes on tribal land.

The judiciary on Tuesday recommended three seats for the Eastern District of Oklahoma and two for the Northern District, adding to its call for 79 new judgeships nationwide. The previous ask has been met with two congressional proposals—bipartisan legislation to add trial court seats over two administrations and a Democratic bill that would bring on more than double that amount.

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