McSally, Sinema sponsor legislation to strengthen Arizona’s court system

PHOENIX – Arizona Sens. Martha McSally and Kyrsten Sinema have sponsored a bill that aims to streamline the backlog of cases plaguing the state’s federal courts

McSally, a Republican, and Sinema, a Democrat, crossed the aisle on the legislation that would increase the number of federal judgeships in the state.

McSally said in a press release that Arizona’s growing population has rendered judges “burdened with heavy caseloads that hinder their ability to effectively do their jobs.”

Arizona is officially in the midst of a “Judicial Emergency,” which the Judicial Conference of the United States defines as instances “where weighted filings are in excess of 600 per judgeship,” the release notes.

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