14 February, 2016

Vacancy at SCOTUS

1st February 2016 - President Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch

30th January 2017 - President Trump to nominate on 2nd February

Merrick Garland - the Senate did not hold a confirmation hearing for Mr Garland - the nominee of President Obama 

Addition 17th March 2016 - Merrick Garland nominated and more about Mr Garland

The Supreme Court of the United States of America has a vacancy arising from the death, at the age of 79, of Associate Justice Antonin Scalia.

Article III of the US Constitution states that - "The judicial power of the United States, shall be vested in one Supreme Court, and in such inferior courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish."

The power to nominate candidates for the vacancy rests with the President of the USA and President Obama has announced that he will make a nomination.

Nomination is followed by the Senate holding confirmation hearings.  Examples of confirmation hearings held during the final year of a Presidency may be seen via the SCOTUS Blog.

A key feature of SCOTUS is