QUOTE(crashfourit @ Nov 9 2005, 02:41 PM)
Should Congress split the Ninth Circuit Court? Why or why not?
If so, how many circuits should it be split into?
How would this affect the political makeup of the would be former Ninth Circuit?
How would this affect the area the Ninth Circuit Court serves? The nation?
In reading this topic I wasn't sure what the 9th Circuit covered so I looked it up. Wow!http://www.uscourts.gov/courtlinks/
My first thought was this is waaaay to big to be very useful. Then again I don't know a heck of a lot about how a circuit court of appeals operates so I don't know what would be gained by splitting it or leaving it.
Usually I am anti bureaucracy and am not that fond of creating yet another one especially in the government. However at times new ones are needed.
I guess my question in this case would be, could you create a new bureaucracy and shrink the old one? While you would still end up with two that, combined, are bigger than the old one you don't need to create two of the same size from the old one.
How many government agencies do we have that cover that much territory? If you look at it from the other end of the (pure size) spectrum, why do we have a D.C. circuit anyway? Is there a reason that it has it's own? (After reading the Wikipedia entry I understand a little better)
From a strictly logistical standpoint it would seem prudent to break up the 9th circuit. Heck it would probably be good to realign the whole court systems boundaries to make them more closely reflect the population balance today. Considering how population shifts maybe it would be good to adjust them on a 50 year plan sort of like the the census' 10 year plan.
However I can't provide any support for this other than it would look better on the map (although the population balance of the 9th circuit has gone from 3.3% of the US total in 1891 to 19.3% in 2000.)
For more information I would recommend the Wikipedia article here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States...e_Ninth_Circuit
My conclusion? It's probably a good thing to split the 9th into at least 2 new courts.
I would make the split along the Northern California/Northern Nevada border. Anything north of this (including Alaska) would be in one. Anything south of this (including Hawaii etc.) would be in the other. Why? Because it looks pretty.
Why not? It's as good as many other reasons used.