Federal Judge Selection Process in California

Joseph W. Cotchett continues to serve on the Federal Judicial Advisory Committee, a bipartisan group that submits federal judicial nominations in California to President Bush. The committee was set up by the Republican Bush administration and California's two Democratic senators, Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, to process judicial nominations while giving each political party significant ability to veto potential judges. The committee has subcommittees in each of the state's four federal judicial districts. These subcommittees are composed of three Democratic and three Republican members. A judicial nomination will be forwarded to the White House only if it gets at least four committee votes. Cotchett was named as one of three Democratic members of the Los Angeles-based Central District of California committee.