US House of Representatives’ Judiciary Committee votes to approve additional permanent federal court judgeship position for the District of Puerto Rico

A continuación reproducimos el comunicado de prensa enviado por el Tribunal federal para el Distrito de Puerto Rico:

The Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico, Honorable Gustavo A. Gelpi, is pleased to announce that the United States House of Representatives’ Judiciary Committee has voted to add a permanent federal court judgeship position for the District Court of Puerto Rico. Approved in the aforementioned Committee this past Thursday, September 13, 2018, the Judiciary Reform, Organization and Operational Modernization Act of 2018, or Judiciary ROOM Act, would add 52 new permanent judgeship position throughout the nation.

Should both the United States’ House of Representatives and Senate approve the Judiciary ROOM Act, and the President of the United States sign it into law, the new permanent federal judgeship for the District of Puerto Rico would be its first since 1978. Throughout those 40 years, the judges of the District Court of Puerto Rico have seen their caseload increased dramatically, while managing their growing workload efficiently and fairly, getting the most out of the judicial resources available.

As the approval process for this new additional judgeship continues, the Court will like to acknowledge the time and effort of District Court Judge Aida M. Delgado-Colón, who dedicated years and significant effort to this endeavor. During her tenure as Chief District Court Judge and well past it, she worked tirelessly with staff from the United States Court of Appeals for the First Judicial Circuit to provide all necessary information and statistical analysis to support the request for an additional permanent judgeship position for the District of Puerto Rico. That effort enabled the endorsement of her petition for a new judgeship by the Judicial Conference and its inclusion within the proposed legislation now before
Congress.

The addition of a new permanent federal judgeship position for the District of Puerto Rico would be a great success for both the Court and the citizens of Puerto Rico.

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