The New Federal Judicial Appointments Process: The First Ten Years


  • Andre S. Millar



This article provides a brief history of the process for selecting federally appointed Judges, which was first announced in 1988. The article summarizes the major changes in the selection process since 1988 and provides descriptions of some of the key policies and procedures. Several Appendices present further information on the selection process for the years 1989 to 1999. The Appendices include a statistical report of applications, recommendations and appointments, the members of the Advisory Committees, the Ministers of Justice and Commissioners for Federal Judicial Affairs, and the Personal History Form for candidates for judicial selection. Please note that events and information after December, 1999, are not reflected in the above material.