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American Bar Association Ranks Supreme Court Associate Justice Nominee Merrick Garland as "Well-Qualified" - IndyBar News

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Posted on: Jun 21, 2016

The American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary, which is independent of the ABA’s policy-making and governing entities, has finished its intensive peer review of the qualifications of Judge Merrick Garland, President Obama’s nominee for Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, and has rated him “Well Qualified.”

It is now imperative that the Senate fulfills its constitutional responsibilities to consider and act promptly on the Supreme Court nominee.

One of the four goals of the American Bar Association is to advance the Rule of Law. To be fully effective and to ensure the highest level of access to justice, the Supreme Court needs a full complement of nine justices. While the Court continues to function, its 4-4 decisions do not establish precedent and leave open questions on issues that are vital to the lives of everyday people. The prospect of a deadlock also will result in more cases being returned unresolved to lower courts. Cases with controversial issues that need a decision will more likely be avoided by the court. The confirmation process must therefore continue to proceed with all deliberate speed.

In addition to the Supreme Court seat, there are 83 current vacancies on the Courts of Appeals, District Courts and the Court of International Trade. Our nation is disadvantaged when the federal judiciary does not have enough judges to hear cases and resolve disputes in a thorough and timely fashion. Despite the political nature of the process, this duty needs to be carried out with bipartisan cooperation out of respect for the role of the judiciary in our government.

Read the full press release here.

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