Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released a statement after President Obama nominated Superior Court Judge Troy L. Nunley to serve on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California.

“I recommended Judge Nunley to the president for nomination to the District Court in Sacramento,” said Senator Feinstein. “In addition to a decade as Superior Court judge in Sacramento, Judge Nunley brings with him a range of experience as a criminal prosecutor in two district attorney’s offices, as a deputy attorney general in the California Department of Justice and in private practice. I believe Judge Nunley will serve with distinction on the District Court. 

“The Eastern District of California manages a caseload more than twice the national average and is by far the busiest federal district court in the nation. It is especially important the Senate move quickly to consider Judge Nunley’s nomination.

Judge Troy L. Nunley grew up in San Francisco’s Hunter’s Point housing projects. He graduated from St. Mary’s College in Moraga, Calif., in 1986 and the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1990.

In 1990, Nunley served as assistant district attorney in Alameda County. Following a two-year stint in private practice, he began service as deputy district attorney in Sacramento County, where he served from 1996 through 1999.

Nunley later served as a California deputy attorney general until 2002, when he was appointed by Governor Gray Davis to serve on the Sacramento County Superior Court.

According to the most recent figures, the Eastern District of California has about 1,110 weighted filings per judgeship authorized for the District. The national average is about 500, less than half the Eastern District’s average. The Judicial Conference of the United States recommends a new judgeship for a district at the threshold of 430 weighted filings per authorized judgeship. In the Eastern District, the average time from filing to trial in a civil case that goes to trial is 43.6 months, as compared to a national average of 24.8 months.

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