Ten Reasons Why the Ninth Circuit Should Be Split

October 4, 2005

Diarmuid F. O'Scannlain

I have had the privilege of serving as a judge on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals for nearly two decades. Needless to say, I feel a deep attachment to the court on which I sit and a sincere admiration for its leaders. Nevertheless, since completing an LL.M. in Judicial Process with the Graduate Program for Appellate Judges in the early 1990s, I have been convinced that the Ninth Circuit must be restructured into at least two smaller circuits. Such a realignment is the only means of ensuring the effective administration of justice for the nearly sixty million Americans who reside within the nine states and two territories that comprise the Ninth Circuit....

Ten Reasons Why the Ninth Circuit Should Be Split