Professor Arthur Hellman Comments on New Effort to Split Ninth Circuit

Efforts are once again under way to split the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the National Law Journal asked Pitt Law Professor Arthur D. Hellman for expert commentary. The new proposal comes from Arizona Governor Doug Ducey and members of the Arizona Congressional delegation.

Hellman noted that plans to split the circuit since the early 1990s faced opposition from California lawmakers, Ninth Circuit judges and state bar officials. He said that supporters of a smaller Ninth Circuit faced slightly better odds now that Republicans control both houses of Congress, but he still thought the bill was “a very long shot.”

“I thought that issue had just died a natural death, but I guess it never does,” Hellman said. “It disappears for a while and then there it is again.”

Read more in "Arizona Revives Long-Failed Push to Split the Ninth Circuit" in the National Law Journal.

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