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Why Courts Matter

play_alt icon Video The federal courts will have an enormous impact on our lives and the future of the law. It's time progressives start making who sits on these courts a part of their advocacy efforts.

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State or Federal Court?

article icon Fact Sheet A guide to distinguish the differences and similarities between state and federal courts, and explain the challenges that exist for both court systems’ processes.

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The Need for a Reflective Judiciary Demands a Return to Normal Order

Fifty-two federal judicial nominees are currently waiting for Senate action, underscoring congressional gridlock and the need to put people before politics.

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Mitch McConnell: A Legacy of Obstruction

Inaction and obstruction by the Sen. McConnell-led Senate has delayed justice for millions of Americans.

Police stand outside the U.S. Supreme Court.

Justice Still Waits: The Nondecisions of an 8-Justice Supreme Court

The judicial vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court has dramatically hindered the Court’s ability to make meaningful decisions on key issues, and an obstructionist Senate is to blame.

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The Ongoing Battle to Protect the Precious Right to Vote

Americans are sick and tired of being sick and tired of waiting on Congress to act and ensure the right to vote for all.

Why Courts Matter

play_alt icon Video With a vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court, CAP asked scholars, litigators, and thought leaders why courts matter to them.

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Justice Waits for a Nine-Member Supreme Court

article icon Issue Brief Justice will be delayed for millions of Americans if the Senate refuses to do its job and vote on a Supreme Court nominee.

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The Supreme Court Vacancy Shines a Spotlight on the Judicial Vacancy Crisis

The fight over the vacant seat on the Supreme Court shows the importance of the lower courts and the high cost of Senate obstruction.

Infographic: Divided Government Has Not Always Meant Slow Judicial Confirmations

The Senate's current judicial confirmations are moving at the slowest rate since 1953.

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North Carolina Supreme Court Disregards U.S. Supreme Court in Redistricting Case

The U.S. Supreme Court has said that legislatures cannot draw districts based on race—but the North Carolina Supreme Court didn’t get the memo.

Just a Judge

play_alt icon Video Follow the journey of a federal judicial nominee from appointment to confirmation, and see the many ways justice can be delayed along the way.

Infographic: The Judicial Vacancy Crisis by the Numbers

The Senate has created a judicial vacancy crisis, and everyday Americans are paying the price.

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A Handful of Elected State Judges Continue to Deny Marriage Equality

article icon Issue Brief Judges and magistrates in some southern states are still defying the U.S. Supreme Court’s marriage equality decision.

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Elections Matter

article icon Issue Brief State legislatures have traditionally handled redistricting, which has created partisan and predictable elections that discourage millennial participation in the democratic process.

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